T. Jack Walsh, 65, of Crossett, died on March 11, 2017, at the Hospice Home Care Center in Little Rock.
He was born on August 14, 1951, in Crossett to Abner J. and Hortense Elder Walsh. He was a 1969 graduate of Crossett High School and a 1973 graduate of the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville in 1973. He leaves behind a loving family and numerous friends and fraternity brothers.
Jack was a devoted father to his two daughters, Stacey (Adam) Faulkner of Little Rock and Katey Walsh of Fayetteville. He was the beloved “Daddy Jack” to his granddaughters, Kate and Meg Faulkner of Little Rock. He is also survived by his devoted brothers, Jeff (Teresa) Walsh and Dr. Ben (Debbie) Walsh, all of Crossett. Survivors also include a number of nephews and nieces who all loved and admired their Uncle Jack – Amy Walsh Kitchen, Caleb Walsh, Brad (Lori) Walsh, Courtney (Mark) Walsh Umeda, Erin Walsh, Thomas (Scottie) Walsh, Ashley Green, and Wesley Green. He is also survived by his former wife, Kay Osborne Walsh; his mother-in-law, Helen Osborne; and two sisters-in-law, Becky (David) Rogers and Beth Green. Jack also leaves to cherish his memory many friends in Crossett, Hot Springs, Fayetteville, Little Rock, and Monroe, La., and a special friend, Joan Bishop, of Booneville.
After graduating from college, Jack moved to his hometown of Crossett where he was President and CEO of First State Bank from 1974 until 1982. In 1978, he graduated from the School of Banking of the South at Louisiana State University. Jack served as president of the Crossett Chamber of Commerce and the Crossett Area United Way and was an alderman on the Crossett City Council. He was a member of the Crossett First United Methodist Church.
In 1984, Jack and his family moved to Monroe, Louisiana, where he was president of Ark-LA Oil and Gas Supply Co. After 1989 Jack returned to Arkansas and worked in the appraisal business, first with his own company, then with Malvern National Bank and Arvest Bank. Jack was an avid sportsman and enjoyed duck hunting at Crocketts Bluff with his friends for many years. He also enjoyed fishing and cooking.
Jack was a loyal and dedicated member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity. He was initiated in 1970 at the University of Arkansas, Omega Omega Chapter. He served as consul his senior year. Jack worked the rest of his life serving his fraternity and influencing many young lives. He served as Chapter Advisor of Omega Omega from 2000 to 2011, which had him positively affecting the lives and college careers of the chapter’s undergraduate members. He served on the International Fraternity’s Chapter Expansion team and was a long time workshop facilitator for undergraduate members from all over the United States and Canada. Because of the way he interacted with fraternity members – oftentimes many years younger than himself – he earned their respect and was rewarded with their friendship. He was recognized for his loyalty in service to Sigma Chi many times, most importantly in 2003 when he was voted the International Fraternity’s Outstanding Chapter Advisor. He received four Grand Consul Citations and the Fulbright Award from the U of A. In recognition of his commitment, dedication, and service to Sigma Chi, in 2010 he was inducted into the Fraternity’s Order of Constantine, which is considered the highest honor that Sigma Chi can bestow upon one of its members.
A service will be held on Wednesday, March 15 at 10:00 am at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 310 W. 17th St. in Little Rock, with the Very Rev. Dr. Christoph Keller III and the Rev. Canon Dr. Russell Snapp officiating. There will be a reception following the service in Morrison Hall. Visitation will be on Tuesday, March 14 from 5:00-7:00 pm at Ruebel Funeral Home, 6313 W. Markham St., Little Rock. Graveside services will be held in Crossett at Pinewood Memorial Park with the Rev. Russell Moore officiating on Thursday, March 16 at 11:00 am.
Memorials may be made to the Sigma Chi Endowed Scholarship In Memory of T. Jack Walsh, U of A Foundation, Office of Development, 325 Administration Bldg., Fayetteville, AR 72701.