Maurice C. Webb Sr., 1913-2015

Maurice Webb

Maurice Webb

The Rev. Maurice Clive Webb Sr., 101, of Little Rock, passed away Jan. 12, 2015.

He was born on Sept. 25, 1913, in Kansas City, Mo., to the late Joseph and Winnie Webb.

Webb graduated from Hendrix College and Perkins School of Theology, SMU. Before entering the ministry, he owned grocery stores in Blytheville and Egypt, Ark. He was a World War II veteran, serving with the Navy Seabees in Guam.

His ministry included serving United Methodist congregations in Little Rock and Springdale, including 14 years as the associate pastor of First United Methodist Church Little Rock. He and his wife shared a memorable experience and made many friends when he participated in a summer pastoral exchange program with the Methodist Church in Brighton, England.

As a member of West Little Rock Rotary, Webb was well-known for his perfect attendance and his prolific guest list. He was proud to be a Paul Harris Fellow. Although he lost the ability to see, he never complained about his lights being off. On the occasion of his 95th birthday, he invited many friends and family to join him as he walked across the Big Dam Bridge. His positive attitude, perseverance and kindness were an inspiration to all who knew him.

He is predeceased by his wife of 68 years, Atha Williams Webb; his sister Pauline Webb and his brother Boyce Webb. His 98-year-old sister, Lorene Hamilton of Walnut Ridge, was able to spend this past Christmas with her dear older brother.

He is also survived by his three children: Maurice C. Webb Jr. of Bigelow; Marcia Caplinger and her husband, Kelsy, of Little Rock; and Kathy Webb of Little Rock. Additional survivors are his three grandchildren: Paul “Trey” Lecky III and his wife, Nancy, of Woodland Park, Colo.; Laura Lecky Coulter and her husband, John, of Little Rock; and Mauri Lecky Arnold of Tampa, Fla.; and his six great-grandchildren: Samantha and Matthew Lecky, Jonathan Webb Coulter, and Rachel, Katherine and Eliza Arnold. Each grandchild and great-grandchild was blessed to have been baptized by Papaw/Pop at First United Methodist Church Little Rock.

The family would like to thank his caregivers, Ely Bondoc, Janet Hubbard, Everett Roddy and the staff at Good Shepherd and Hospice Home Care for the wonderful and loving assistance they provided. Webb always expressed his gratitude for things big and small, with either a “thank you” or a hearty “Amen!”

A memorial service was held Monday, Jan. 19, at 1 p.m. at First United Methodist Church Little Rock. On Webb’s 100th birthday, his church home gave him the honor of naming him Pastor Emeritus. In lieu of flowers, he requested that memorials be made to First United Methodist Church, 723 Center Street, Little Rock, AR 72201.