Gerald K. Fincher, 1929-2014

Gerald FincherThe Rev. Gerald Kemp Fincher, 84, of Little Rock passed away Saturday, March 22, 2014. He was born Oct. 26, 1929, in Waldo, Ark., to Grady Lee Fincher and Lois Blake Fincher. A graduate of Waldo High School, he attended Magnolia A&M College and Hendrix College, where he received a degree in Business Administration. He went on to Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University, where he received his Masters of Theology.
Ordained a United Methodist elder in the Little Rock Conference, he spent 42 years in active ministry. He served as senior pastor at several congregations in various locations in Arkansas, including Primrose UMC Little Rock, Star City, Prescott, Mabelvale and Hot Springs Village. He served the Little Rock Annual Conference as Conference Statistician and later as Conference Secretary. He also served on the Conference’s Board of Evangelism and Council on Finance & Administration, as well as several other boards and committees. In retirement, Gerald joined his family in attending St. James United Methodist Church Little Rock.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 62 years, Julia Ann Keith Fincher; and his brother, Maj. Donald Blake Fincher of the Air Force. He is survived by his son, Larry Robert Fincher and his wife Patricia; his daughter, Janet Fincher McDowell and her husband, Joe; grandsons Matthew and Michael Fincher of Conway; granddaughters Jennifer and Melissa McDowell of Little Rock; a brother, Grady Glen Fincher and his wife, Martha, of Fayetteville; a sister-in-law, Phena D. Fincher of Prescott; and a brother-in-law, Gerald Keith and his wife, Cledra, of Camden.
A memorial service was held April 12 at St. James United Methodist Church Little Rock, with the Revs. John P. Miles and Seigfried Johnson officiating.