Dr. Tasker Newton Rodman dies July 19

Thursday, July 24, 2003
Dr. Tasker Newton Rodman

Dr. Tasker Newton Rodman, 84, of Leachville, died Saturday, July 19, 2003, at St. Bernards Medical Center in Jonesboro. Born in Newark, he was the son of the late Dr. Thomas Newton and Ethel McGee Rodman and had been married to his wife, Geneva Arnold Rodman, for 62 years.

A 1943 graduate of the University of Arkansas School of Medicine, he served in the U.S. Army during World War II before starting his medical practice in Leachville in 1946. During his medical career it is estimated he delivered over 3,500 babies. He was an accredited member of the American Academy of Family Physicians. He also served several years as the Leachville Lions Basketball Team Doctor. He was instrumental in founding several youth baseball teams as well as the Leachville Chapter of the Boy Scouts of America. He was an accomplished artist, musician and gardener. He had a great thirst for knowledge as was evident by his recent completion of a course in Quantum Physics at the age of 83. He was a longtime member of the Leachville United Methodist Church and had served as a former Chairman of the Administrative Board. He currently taught the "Pairs and Spares" Sunday School Class. Dr. Rodman donated his body to the University of Arkansas Medical Sciences Department of Anatomy for the education of medical students.

He is survived by his wife, Geneva Arnold Rodman, of the home; a son and daughter-in-law, Dr. Tasker Rodman and Diane, of Newport; two daughters and a son-in-law, Lynda and Tom Jett of Arlington, Texas, and Rita Hitt of Rogers; a sister, Norma Steinsiek of Fayetteville; six grandchildren and spouses, Brian and Chuck Hyde of Wisconsin, Cortney and Paxton Singleton of Little Rock, Emily and Brent Wakefield of Wichita Falls, Texas, Jennifer and Jon Sprinkle of Plano, Texas, Andee and Nate Melson of Little Rock, and Jill Jett of Arlington, Texas.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son-in-law, Dr. Jerry L. Hitt.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. today (Tuesday) at the Howard Funeral Chapel in Leachville with Dr. Earl Carter and Rev. Donnie Hudson officiating.

There will be no visitation and the family has asked that anyone wishing to leave a lasting memorial consider the Leachville United Methodist Church, The American Cancer Society or the Dr. Jerry L. Hitt Scholarship Fund, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock.

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