Jack S. Gracy, 88, died, surrounded by his family, at the Ashley Health and Rehabilitation Center on Friday, Oct. 26, 2007.
Jack Stanley Gracy was born in Wahoo, Neb., on Jan. 11, 1919. He was a staff sergeant in the US Army and served during World War II in the European Theatre. He retired from the US Postal Service in 1981.
Jack Gracy was often considered by many as the “Father of Rogers Baseball.” A 1937 graduate of Rogers High School, Jack touched the lives of many Rogers, Ark., youth while coaching Little League baseball, peewee football and basketball and American Legion Baseball in Rogers for many years. In addition, Jack spent many years officiating Little League baseball, high school football, and high school basketball. Jack was awarded the Good Neighbor of the Year Award by the Rogers Chamber of Commerce and the Award of Exceptional Accomplishment by the State of Arkansas in 1980. He is a member of the Rogers High School Athletic Hall of Fame. Jack was named to the Rogers Centennial 100 People of Influence.
Jack was married to Betty Ragsdale in Brownwood, Texas, on Oct. 17, 1942. Jack was preceded in death by his parents, Lillian and John Gracy. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Betty Gracy, one son, Terry Gracy and wife, Linda Gracy, one sister, Shirley Moffitt, two grandchildren, Meagan Gracy and Trevor Gracy, and special friends, Kimberly Mills and Darrell Abel.
Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. today at Rollins Funeral Home in Rogers, Ark.
The funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Monday, October 29. Burial will be at Memorial Gardens in Rogers, Ark.
The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Jack Gracy Memorial Baseball Scholarship fund at the Regions Bank of Rogers.