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William H. Gastrock

Helena-West Helena, AR, 1939 - 2014

William H. "Doc" Gastrock, age 75, of West Helena, Arkansas passed away Monday, March 3, 2014 at his home. Mr. Gastrock was born February 13, 1939 at New Orleans, Louisiana to the late Henry Gastrock and the late Fadrey Morgan Gastrock.
He graduated college from LSU and received his PhD from Kansas State, Mr. Gastrock's first job was as a chemist for Cyanamid in New Jersey. Longing to return to his Southern roots, he took a job with Cedar Chemical in Vicksburg, Mississippi and was transferred to Helena in 1989. He retired from Cedar Chemical in 2002.
After retirement, he enjoyed gardening, making homemade salsa, traveling, cooking and spending time with his grandchildren. William was also an avid LSU fan.
He is survived by a son, Kurt Gastrock of Fayetteville, Arkansas; a daughter, Anne Hale of League City, Texas; two grandchildren, Lyndsey Privett and James Hale, both of League City; and a brother, Robert Gatrock and wife, Barbara, of Columbia, Maryland. He was preceded in death by his wife of 51 years, Jacquelyn Ryals Gastrock.
A memorial service for William H. "Doc" Gastrock will be held at 2 p.m., Sunday, March 9, 2014 at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home. Service will be directed by Roller-Citizens Funeral Home, West Helena, (870) 572-2571. Friends and relatives may sign the online guest book at

Published March 8, 2014

Roller-Citizens / West Helena
508 E. Plaza St., P.O. Box 2427, West Helena, AR
Phone: 870-572-2571