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Frank Oldham, Jr.: 1945-2013


Williams Baptist College extends its sympathies to the family of Frank Oldham, Jr., who passed away Tuesday, Jan. 22. Dr. Oldham, a 1965 graduate of WBC, was an accomplished banker, college professor and civic leader, and he was a former chairman of the University of Arkansas board of trustees.

Visitation will be Friday evening from 5 to 8 and again Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon at Southwest Church of Christ in Jonesboro. The funeral service will follow at noon. Dr. Oldham was a deacon and elder at the church.

A native of Black Rock in Lawrence County, Dr. Oldham graduated from Black Rock High School and completed undergraduate degrees at WBC and Arkansas State University. He held a master’s degree from the University of Central Missouri and a doctorate from the University of Arkansas, and he was also a graduate of the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program.

As a banker, he had served as chair and CEO of Security Bank in Paragould, Farmers and Merchants Bank in Pocahontas, Boatmen’s Bank of Northeast Arkansas and American State Bank Corp. He had been president of Worthen National Bank in Conway and BankcorpSouth Regional of Northeast Arkansas.

He was a tenured professor and former dean of continuing education at ASU. He was appointed by then-Governor Bill Clinton to the U of A board of trustees in 1990. He served 10 years on the board, the last two as chair.

Dr. Oldham was always faithful to voice his appreciation for the education he received at Williams, especially his economics class under Dr. Jerol Swaim. In recent years, he presented a lecture on banking and finance at WBC.

Williams extends its condolences to his mother, Nettie Oldham, his wife of 43 years, Donna Leonard Oldham, their children, grandchildren and other cherished members of their family.

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