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Charles B. Roscopf

Helena-West Helena, AR, 1928 - 2017

Charles B. Roscopf, age 89, of Helena, Arkansas passed away Wednesday, August 23, 2017 in Southaven, Mississippi.
Mr. Roscopf was born and raised in Phillips County. He was an Eagle Scout and a counselor at Cedar Valley Scout Camp. After graduating from Marvell High School as valedictorian, he served as a Navy corpsman at Camp Pendleton, California.
He attended Hendrix College before enrolling in the University of Arkansas School of Law. While in law school, he was president of Kappa Sigma Fraternity and was elected to the Arkansas legislature, where he served for six years.
In 1954 he married the former Mary Anne Maddox and joined the law firm of Burke and Moore in Helena. He was a delegate to the 1969 Constitutional Convention where he helped design the county government provisions that were eventually enacted. He was one of the founders of DeSoto School, an active member of the First United Methodist Church, and a past president and Paul Harris Fellow in the Helena Rotary Club. In 1991 he served as the president of the Arkansas Bar Association and later as the president of the Arkansas Bar Foundation. He was actively practicing law until July of this year.
Charles is survived by his son, Charles D. Roscopf (Ann) of Helena; daughter, Ann Allen (Gil) of Salsbury, Maryland; seven grandchildren, Jessica W. Ayers (Josh), Charles D. Roscopf Jr. (Lauren), Adam Carlson (Abbi), Stuart Carlson, Becca Luetjen (Doug), Gil Allen (Kathryn) and Kate Dyer (Nelson); and two great-grandchildren, Whitt Dyer and Gibby Carlson. He was preceded in death by his parents, Emmett Lee and Sally Virginia King Roscopf; and his wife, Mary Anne Roscopf.
A funeral service for Charles Roscopf will be held at 10 a.m., Monday, August 28, 2017 at First United Methodist Church in Helena with burial to follow at Maple Hill Cemetery in Helena. Visitation will be Sunday evening from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home. Brother Mike Wilkie will officiate.
In lieu of flowers the family requests any donations in his memory be sent to the Charles B. Roscopf Scholarship, Arkansas Bar Foundation, 2224 Cottondale Lane, Little Rock, Arkansas 72202; First United Methodist Church in Helena, 502 Porter Street, Helena, Arkansas 72342; or DeSoto School Foundation, ACF, 1400 West Markham, Ste. 206, Little Rock, Arkansas 72201.
Services will be directed by Roller-Citizens Funeral Home, West Helena, (870) 572-2571. Relatives and friends may sign the online guestbook at

Published August 26, 2017

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