William Terrell “W.T” Outlaw, 87, of Warren, died peacefully surrounded by his loving family on November 3, 2018.
He was born on February 10, 1931 at Sumpter to the late William Preston and Oma Esther Savage.
Mr. Outlaw was a proud graduate of Vick High School. He was drafted into the United States Army in 1951 and served actively for two years, earning the rank of sergeant. He later served in the Army Reserves until he was honorably discharged on October 1, 1956.
He was a lifelong churchgoer who always kept Christ as the center of his life and family. He served as Sunday school superintendent at Forrest Park Assembly of God in Pine Bluff and served as a deacon, Sunday school superintendent, Sunday school teacher and Sunday morning song leader at Warren First Assembly of God. At 87, he still enjoyed visiting people in the nursing home on Tuesdays with other members of his church.
Mr. Outlaw was a salesman, working at J.T. Ederington’s store and Hargis Brothers’ in Warren, Jones John Deere Tractor, and selling insurance in Pine Bluff. After returning to Warren, he worked for Desha Tire as the manager of Warren Tire for many years before opening Down Town Furniture & Appliance. He also owned Dirty T’s Car Wash and Outlaw Auto Sales. In the summers, Mr. Outlaw loved to peddle tomatoes, watermelons, and other produce. For many years, he sold Bradley Pink Tomatoes on the court square during the Pink Tomato Festival.
Mr. Outlaw lived most of his life in Warren and the surrounding area. He was a community leaders and active in politics for many years. He was a member of the Bradley County Chamber of Commerce, serving on the board and as president. He served as the chairman of the 14th Bradley County Tomato Festival in 1970. His friend, former Gov. Joe Purcell, commissioned him an Arkansas Traveler in 1979.
Mr. Outlaw was a member of the Warren School Board Board from 1970 until 1985, serving as vice president and president during his tenure. He was also member and a former president of the of the Lions Club. He was a former member of the Warren City Council and served on the Bradley County Planning Commission.
He was named Bradley Country Citizen of the Year in 1983.
Though he accumulated many accolades throughout his life, he considered being ‘Big Daddy’ to his four grandchildren and great grandchildren the greatest achievement of his life. He was loved deeply and leaves a lasting Christian legacy with his family and hosts of friends.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, David Onley Outlaw and Colyan Cason Outlaw who died in childhood; and a sister, Mary Etta Outlaw Chandler.
He is survived by his wife, Bonnie; four children, Cynthia Outlaw of Camden, Felecia Bennett and husband Bobby of Warren, Terrell Outlaw and wife Theresa of Monticello, and Tim Outlaw and wife Linda of Tulsa, Oklahoma; four grandchildren, Kerri Bennett of Jonesboro, Trey Outlaw of Bearden, Brittany Bennett of Warren, and Kyle Outlaw and wife Taylor of Oxford, Mississippi; two great grandchildren, Caleb Bentley Rice and Preston Creed Bennett of Warren; and three siblings, R.P. and wife Shirley of Warren, Holyan and wife Ann of Crossett, and Oma Jane and husband Van of Pine Bluff.
A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, November 6 at 1:30 p.m. at First Assembly of God Church with Rev. Jim Bales officiating. Burial will be at Oakland Cemetery by Frazer’s Funeral Home in Warren.
Memorials may be made to First Assembly of God Church, 1219 North Myrtle, Warren, AR, 71671.