LAWRENCE H. DERBY JR.
r., United States Navy (retired), of Warren and Hot Springs, died Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013, in the North Park Medical Center in Hot Springs.
He was born June 30, 1926, in Warren, a son of Lawrence H. Derby Sr. and Mable Meek Derby.
He graduated from the Warren Public School system, where he played football and basketball. He attended Arkansas A&M at Monticello and received an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. He spent 30 years as a Naval jet pilot, obtaining the rank of captain and became one of the first centurion jet pilots to earn 100 consecutive successful landings on the aircraft carrier, the Midway. He served in the Korean Conflict and transferred into the Naval Reserve, serving in Pensacola, Fla., for many years and continuing his flying as a private pilot. On completion of active duty, he returned to Warren to join his father in the Derby Insurance Agency, where he spent over 30 years. In 1964, he joined the board of directors of the Warren Bank and Trust Co., serving as director and as chairman of the Trust Committee until his death. He served on the board of trustees of Arkansas College, now Lyon College, where he and his wife, Marilyn Church Derby, endowed The Derby Math and Science Center. He was appointed by Governor Frank White to the Arkansas Aeronautical Commission.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his first wife, Marilyn Church Derby.
Survivors include his wife, Jean Lee Derby of Hot Springs; two stepsons, Douglas Ward of Hot Springs and Roger Ward of Arkadelphia; and two step-grandchildren.
Funeral will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at First Presbyterian Church in Warren. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery under the direction of Frazer’s Funeral Home of Warren. A reception will follow the graveside service at Sue Wagon’s home, 320 S. Main St., Warren.