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Arthur Winstead III

Little Rock, AR, 1940 - 2011

Arthur "Nick" Winstead III of Little Rock, Ark. was born Oct. 13, 1940 in Little Rock, Ark., to Arthur Winstead II and Pauline Fingers, both deceased. He was later nurtured by Spencer Jordan, deceased and Pauline Fingers-Winstead-Jordan throughout his formative years. Arthur graduated from Horace Mann High School, Little Rock, Ark. in 1958. He attended Arkansas AM&N College (University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff), where he was a notable track star. He graduated in 1962 with a degree in biology. He accepted employment at the Southwest Blood Bank, Reno, Nev., as a laboratory technician and was promoted to lab manager. In 1964, he married Dene Banks, whom he had met in college and moved to Las Vegas. To this union was born a daughter, Nicole Winstead, 1966. Arthur accepted employment as assistant manager in the laboratory at Southern Memorial Hospital. Arthur's goal was always to become a physician, however the Vietnam War intervened. Arthur enlisted in the Army's Officers Training Corp. as a 2nd Lieutenant in 1966. He was posted to Vietnam, serving in the 71st Evac. Hospital in Pleiku. Arthur was awarded the Medal of Merit for his service in the trauma centers and also his work as an assistant justice advocate, for soldiers in minor legal difficulties. Arthur was honorably discharged in 1969 as a Captain. He enrolled in the School of Medicine at the University of California San Francisco and graduated as a medical doctor in 1974. He served his two years' residence at Scottsdale Memorial Hospital, Scottsdale, Ariz. Arthur returned to San Francisco and open his practice with several successful clinics for over 20 years. Arthur leaves to mourn his death: his daughter, Nicole Winstead; two grandsons, Chase and Ransom Bryant; five sisters, Lazette Mason, Paula Campbell, Vicki Settles, Doris Smith and Flo Robinson; one aunt, Irma Hendricks; and two uncles, Pete and Saul Fingers; niece, LaRita Gordon; nephews, Freddy and Daniel Lewis, Kevin Jordan and Jordan Campbell and many friends and acquaintances. Home going services will be Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011, 11 a.m. Interment will follow with honors at Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery, 1501 Maryland Ave., North Little Rock, Ark. Family visitation: Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2011, 6-7 p.m., both services at Ruffin & Jarrett Funeral Home, 1200 S. Chester St., Little Rock, 501-372-1305.

Published December 25, 2011

Ruffin & Jarrett Funeral Home
1200 Chester St., Little Rock, AR
Phone: 501-372-1305