William Benjamin deYampert, Jr., 89 of Wilmot was born August 28, 1918 to Vesta Pyron and William B. deYampert, died in his home in Wilmot, Arkansas, on Thursday, Septemeber 6, 2007. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Ann Uzzelle; and three sisters, Mrs. Delmar Johnson, Mrs. Thomas F. Scannell, and Mrs. John B. Currie, Sr.
Mr. deYampert was graduated from Gulf Port MIlitary Academy in 1936 and received a B.S. from the University of Arkansas in 1942 where he was a member of Sigma Nu Fraternity and served as its treasurer. After college he served his country in both the Army and the Navy during World War II. Following the war, he returned to Wilmot to manafe his farming and business interests. He purchased one of the first tractors in Ashley County and started the Wilmot Farm Equipment business, the first farm machinery business in the county.
A decidated civil servant, Mr. deYampert served as Mayor of Wilmot and was on the city council for many terms. He also served on various boards including the Wilmot School Board, the Delta Trust Bank, past President and Chairman of the Board of Bayou Grain and Chemical Company, president of the Wilmot State Bank, board member of the Portland Compress, President of the Wilmot Medical Center and an active member of the Wilmot United Methodist Church.
He was a prominent landowner and farmer and a pioneer in the aquaculture industry, building some of the earliest catfish farms in the Arkansas Delta.
At heart, Mr.deYampert was an innovator, he was interested in the new; new sciences, new uses for agricultural land and new methods of construction.
He and his workers built many structures in Wilmot including the deYampert Store Buliding, the Wilmot Hospital, the Wilmot Post Office and the Cypress Lodge, a restaurant that contributed greatly to community life in Southeast Arkansas during hte 1960's and 1970's.
Mr. deYampert was soft-spoken reserved and a man of few words whose inherent kindness was unfailing. He is survived by a daughter, Mary Vesta deYampert Fort, her husband Arthur and their two children of Fairhope, Alabama; a son, William B. deYampert of New York; as well as a son, Richard Stock and his wife Lisa and their two children; son, Cayce Stock, his wife Teresa and their daughter all from Wilmot; and daughter, Sloan Stock Favi, her husband Ted and their three children, all of Memphis.
The family also wishes to acknowledge Mrs. Melvin Tullos for her years of tireless, faithful and loving care.
Funeral services are 2 p.m. Sunday at the Wilmot United Methodist Church. Burial will be in the Wilmot Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Wilmot United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 1, Wilmot, Arkansas; or the the Wilmot Cemetery Association, c/o Mr. DeWayne Haynes, P.O. Box 157, Wilmot, Arkansas 71676. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home Hamburg. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com
This information was taken from the Arkansas Democrat Gazette, Little Rock, Arkansas. Sunday, September 9, 2007.