Rodger Heaton

Rodger Heaton

September 13, 1932 - November 11, 2020
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John Rodger Heaton, age 88, of Hot Springs, passed away Wednesday, November 11, 2020.

Rodger was born in Redfield on September 13, 1932 to John Hubert Heaton and Tamzie Rinehart Heaton Knudson and resided there until he was 13 years old. He then moved to Camden where he graduated from high school and was an Eagle Scout. He then attended Arkansas State Teacher’s College and graduated from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville with a degree in education. He taught at Woodlawn, North Little Rock Junior High, and the Arkansas School for the Deaf.

He then moved to Philadelphia to work as a salesman for the Curtis Publishing Company, which published several popular magazines, including Look, Life, and The Saturday Evening Post. After 14 years, he left to work for Thomas Jefferson University Hospital Research Facility as director of animal care. He retired after 18 years of service.

An avid sailor, Rodger was a member of the Miles River Yacht Club at St. Michaels, MD and the Rock Hall Yacht Club as Rock Hall, MD. Rodger was also an accomplished skier, and a member of the Elk Mountain Ski Club at Uniondale, PA, where he was on the Ski Patrol for 38 years.

He was the widower of Mary Brands Heaton, whom he married January 1, 1965 at Valley Forge, PA. She predeceased him in 2015. Rodger moved back to Arkansas in 2016 to be near family.

Survivors include a sister, Barbara Heaton Crabtree (Leon) of Melbourne, FL; several cousins, including Linda Rinehart Banks (Douglas), Delbert Rinehart (Rae), and Margie Lawhon Simpkins (Doyle) all of Redfield, and Kent Rinehart (Myra) of Rison; a niece, April Hartmann (T. J.) of Oviedo, FL; grand-nephews Jordan and Austin of Oviedo; and a special friend and helper, Kenneth Watson, Sr. of Gambrells, Maryland.

Graveside services will be Monday, November 16, 2020, 11:00 a.m. at Redfield Cemetery. Arrangements are by Fuller Hale-South Funeral Services of Pine Bluff.

Memorials may be made to the Redfield School Restoration, Attn: Linda Banks, Post Office Box 351, Redfield, AR 72132.

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  • Service

    Monday, November 16, 2020 | 11:00am
    Monday, November 16, 2020 11:00am
    Redfield Cemetery
    800 Davis Ave.
    Redfield, AR 72132
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  • Interment

    Redfield Cemetery
    800 Davis Ave.
    Redfield, AR 72132
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Jutta Levin

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We are sad to hear of Rodger's death. We were old friends and skied and sailed with Rodger and Mary for many years. We were sorry to lose touch with him when he moved to Arkansas. We miss him but we cherish our memories of the many good times with him and Mary.
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