OBITUARY SUBMITTED BY:
5800 West 12th Street, Little Rock
Gregory Charles Mauppin
Published: January 6, 2013
GREGORY CHARLES MAUPPIN, 54, is basking in Heaven's sunshine with Our Lord and the Heavenly Host. Gregg waged a heroic battle against Crohn's disease all of his adult life. He is now free from the pain and confinement of earth. Gregg died at home Jan. 4, 2013, surrounded by his family and friends. He was born in Thetford, Norfolk, England on Sept. 2, 1958, to Cleo "Pete" and Mary Edwards Mauppin. He graduated from Catholic High School in 1976 and attended the University of Central Arkansas where he was a member of Phi Sigma Epsilon and a member of the bowling team. Afterwards, he was Sales Manager of ARA Coffee Systems. Gregg always loved athletics and the competitive spirit. Before his health failed, he participated in swimming both in England and Arkansas. He coached many softball teams at Burn's Park and his team the "Shockers" won a national championship. He was proud to be a die-hard Razorback fan to the end. His father, Pete Mauppin, and his maternal and paternal grandparents preceded Gregg in death. His mother, Mary Edwards Mauppin of Little Rock, and his sisters Tina Howard (Ray) of Bryant, Ark., and Sarah Devore (Jeff) of Dallas, Texas survive him. He is also survived by his niece and nephew, Sarah and Cade Howard, both of Bryant, Ark. Also mourning his death is his long-time best friend and caregiver, Stan Hilliard of Greenbrier, Ark. and the Hilliard Family. A rosary service will be held at 6 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 7, at St. Edward Catholic Church, at the corner of Sherman and East Ninth Streets in Little Rock. Afterwards, visitation with the family will be held at Quapaw Towers, 700 East 9 Street, in the Card Room on the ground floor (across the street from the church).
Gregg's funeral Mass is Tuesday, Jan. 8, at 11:30 a.m., at St. Edward's Catholic Church, Monsignor John O'Donnell as Celebrant. A luncheon for family and friends will be held in the church cafeteria following the Mass. Inurnment in the columbarium at Our Lady of Holy Soul's Catholic Church will be private. The family extends its heartfelt thanks and loving appreciation to: Dr. Angela Nutt and Dr. Douglas Smart of Little Rock Gastroenterology Clinic; Dr. John Dietrich and Dr. Dwight Lindley of Infectious Diseases Resource Group; and Dr. Richard Nix of OrthoArkansas. All of these medical professionals provided treatment, support, and love to Gregg throughout the years. Family appreciation is also extended to nurses, social workers, and caregivers at Baptist Medical Center Hospital who unwaveringly served Gregg throughout his journey through life. Lastly, the family is grateful to Monsignor John O'Donnell for providing spiritual guidance to Gregg and the family. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Edward Catholic Church Capital Campaign, Little Rock; Msgr. John O'Donnell Scholarship Fund c/o Mt. St. Mary's Academy in Little Rock; or Subiaco Academy, 405 North Subiaco Avenue, Subiaco, Ark. Arrangements are by Griffin Leggett Healey & Roth, 501-661-9111. Gregg's online guestbook is available at www.griffinleggetthealeyroth.com.