Albert Wayne Elmore, 82, of Lonoke died Thursday, December 13, 2012. He was born November 29, 1930, to parents Beulah and William “Bill” Elmore of Lonoke.

Wayne was preceded in death by the love of his life for 58 years, Mary Ruth Elmore; also sister, Lila Smith, brothers Gentry, Guy, W.J., Aaron and Paul Elmore.

He is survived by a daughter, Sharon Elmore Rudder (Charles), and son Gary Wayne Elmore (Suzette), all of Lonoke. Wayne was affectionately known as “Papaw” to his seven grandchildren: Stefan Elmore, Whitney Elmore Hall, Jeb Rudder, Ryan Elmore, Stephen Parker, Aubry Rudder Bost, Drew Parker and eight great-grandchildren. He also leaves behind a very special friend, Mary Rice.

Wayne was a life-long member of the Methodist Church and resident of Lonoke. He was on the board of directors for PCA (Ag Heritage), Lonoke School Board, Lonoke United Methodist Church, member of Masonic Lodge No. 51 and a veteran of the Korean War.

He attended Southern State College in Magnolia, and began his career with the Arkansas Gazette. In 1962 he returned to Lonoke to begin farming on the family farm, and was a founding member of the American Fish Farmers Federation. Wayne was a steward of the land and avid lover of nature and conservation preservation. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, being outdoors with family, and horse racing. He helped form the Lonoke American Legion Baseball Program while coaching for many years. He also served as the state baseball commissioner for the American Legion. After retiring from farming, Wayne was very instrumental in the development of the federal crop insurance program in Arkansas.

Funeral Services were held at the Lonoke First United Methodist Church, Saturday, December 15 at 3:00 p.m.

Memorials may be made to Lonoke First United Methodist Church at P.O. Box 152, Lonoke, AR 72086 or Hospice Home Care, 1300 S. Main, Suite 1, Searcy, AR 72143.

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