Weldon Sledge, 90, of Warren, died on Thursday, January 26, 2017 in a car accident.
He was born March 1, 1926, in Morrilton to the late Henry and Eva Long Sledge. He was also preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Violet Vint Sledge; siblings Luther Sledge, Olen Sledge, Alvin Sledge, Jake Sledge, and Marie Brown.
He is survived by three children, Phyllis Gaithright (Kenny), of Benton, Jane Jelks (Bobby), of Shreveport, Louisiana, and Jimmy Sledge (Gwen), of Warren; five grandchildren Greg Ezell (Janice), Michelle Vocque (Clint), Chad Sledge (Emily), Kirt Sledge (Kerri), and Payton Sledge; nine great grandchildren; and one sister, Polly Bridgeman of Conway.
Mr. Sledge was a World War II, Navy Veteran. After returning from the war, he received training as a broadcast engineer. He was the engineer that put KVOM in Morrilton on the air. He and Vi moved to Guthrie, Oklahoma and purchased their first radio station. They sold it, and then moved to Warren to purchase KWRF AM in 1959. They put KWRF FM on the air in 1976 and retired in 1991.
Mr. Sledge also served on the Warren School Board for 13 years, was a former Pink Tomato Festival chairman and a founding member of the Warren Tomato Market Board. He enjoyed hunting and fishing at Camp 13, mowing and attending Sunday School and Church at Calvary Baptist Church.
Funeral service will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, January 28, at Frazer’s Funeral Home in Warren Chapel. Burial will be at Oakland Cemetery.
Pallbearers are Greg Ezell, Chad Sledge, Kirt Sledge, Clint Vocque, Phil Wylie and Bubba York. Honorary pallbearers are the Camp 13 members and Pauline Sunday School Class at Calvary Baptist Church.
Memorials may be made to Calvary Baptist Church, Sturgis and Arch Streets, Warren, AR, 71671.