Doug Dempsey

Doug Dempsey

October 31, 1967 - January 3, 2020
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Ralph Douglas “Doug” Dempsey, named for his maternal grandfather, was born October 31, 1967 in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. He died in Columbia, Missouri January 3, 2020. He was preceded in death by his brother, Joseph Peyton “Joey” Dempsey, Jr., a grandson, Killy Schultz, and his grandparents, John Peyton Dempsey and Eva Harmon Dempsey, and Rev. Ralph Douglas and Blanche Riley Douglas.

He is survived by his parents, Joe Dempsey and Rosalee Scott; his stepmother, Patricia Glover Dempsey, a brother Robert Lee Dempsey; and his daughters, Alexa Dempsey, Riley Dempsey Michalik (Zach), Elizabeth Dempsey, Erin Dempsey, and Allison Dempsey.

He was educated in Pine Bluff and graduated from Pine Bluff High School. He graduated later from Arkansas State University and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army.

His first duty station was at Fort Lee, Virginia for the United States Army Quartermaster Officers School. Upon graduation, he was posted to Fort Polk, Louisiana. While at Fort Polk, he was webmaster for the post’s Y2K preparation.

Following his duties at Fort Polk, he was reassigned to Fort Lee. From Fort Lee he was assigned for a tour of duty as a member of the United States Army contingent of the United Nations peacekeeping force in the Sinai Peninsula. At the conclusion of this tour, he returned to Fort Lee, left active duty and joined the Army Reserve in Northwest Arkansas.

During his Army Reserve service, he gained airborne qualification, graduating from the United States Army Parachute School at Fort Benning, Georgia. He was a second-generation paratrooper. His father pinned his wings at jump school graduation. He later attended and graduated from the United States Army Rigger School at Fort Lee.

His reserve unit was twice deployed to tours of duty in Iraq and in 2014 was deployed to Dijbouti, Africa. Upon his return from Africa, he joined the 362nd Psychological Operations Company (USAR). In 2014, he was named commanding officer of the unit.

In 2019, he retired from the Army Reserve with the rank of Major and moved to Columbia, Missouri.

Doug’s civilian career was in cutting-edge Information Technology. He worked in the IT departments of Wal-Mart and most recently Tyson Foods, where he was an enterprise inventory management coordinator. In that position, he traveled to Tyson plants to implement SAP enterprise procedures and train company personnel.

A celebration of Doug’s life will be conducted at Fuller Hale-South Funeral Home Friday, January 17 with a visitation period at 9:00 a.m. and a funeral service following at 10:00 a.m. A committal and military honors service will be held at 1:00 p.m. at the Arkansas Veteran’s Cemetery in North Little Rock. On-line condolences may be made at
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Friday, January 17, 2020 | 9:00am - 10:00am
    Friday, January 17, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am
    Fuller Hale-South Funeral Chapel
    1621 S. Cherry Street
    PINE BLUFF, AR 71601
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  • Service

    Friday, January 17, 2020 | 10:00am
    Friday, January 17, 2020 10:00am
    Fuller Hale-South Funeral Chapel
    1621 S. Cherry Street
    PINE BLUFF, AR 71601
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Interment

    Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery
    1501 West Maryland Avenue
    North Little Rock, AR 72120
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    Committal service will be at 1:00 p.m.


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Kirk Duvall

Posted at 08:28pm
Doug and I were CHU mates in Iraq. He was always making a joke and a really nice guy. I cant believe he is gone.

Ross Blanford

Posted at 03:06pm
Doug and I were fraternity brothers at Arkansas State. Although I wasn’t able to be there today I will always remember what a fun guy Doug was to be around. He made our pledge semester more fun than I otherwise would have been.

Jimmy O’Guinn

Posted at 10:31am
Our deepest sympathies to the Dempsey Family. Our prayers for comfort to you all.
Jimmy & Mirenda

Love your Hampton Family

Posted at 08:20am
You are all in our thoughts and Prayers!
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jo browning

Posted at 11:40pm
To my sweet Doug...I'm gonna miss you Buddy! To the family, our sincerest condolences. JoAnne and JD Browning

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