A memorial service for former Arkansas governor and U.S. senator Dale Bumpers will be held Sunday, Jan. 10, at 2:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Little Rock.
Bumpers died Jan. 1 at his home in Little Rock. He was 90. His obituary is at this link.
In a statement announcing his death, the family said: “We want to thank his many friends and colleagues who have supported him and us over the years. While most people knew him as a great governor, senator and public servant, we remember him best as a loving father and husband who gave us unconditional love and support and whose life provided wonderful guidance on how to be a compassionate and productive person.”
Bumpers, a Democrat, was the state’s 38th governor, from 1971 to 1975, and served in the U.S. Senate from 1975 until his retirement in 1999.
In a statement following Bumpers’ death, Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson, who lost in his bid to unseat Bumpers in a 1986 U.S. senate race, said: “The entire state mourns the loss of an Arkansas legend. In my first statewide race, Dale took me to school on Arkansas politics. He was a master storyteller, and his stump speaking was impossible to beat. From that first campaign in which we were competitors to the time we served together in Congress, I have admired Dale for his skill, heartfelt convictions and his sense of humor. After he retired, he continued to set an example of civic responsibility and good will during a time of increased partisanship in our nation. We will all miss Dale.”