WHITE HALL — Mr. Frank "Sonny" Dietrich, age 76, of White Hall, met his Lord and Savior Tuesday, October 23, 2012, at Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff. Mr. Dietrich was born November 3, 1935, in Pine Bluff, a son of the late Francis and Stella Mae Scott Dietrich.
WHITE HALL — Mr. Frank “Sonny” Dietrich, age 76, of White Hall, met his Lord and Savior Tuesday, October 23, 2012, at Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff. Mr. Dietrich was born November 3, 1935, in Pine Bluff, a son of the late Francis and Stella Mae Scott Dietrich.
Mr. Dietrich was a lifelong resident of White Hall having moved there in 1939. He attended the White Hall schools through the eleventh grade. During the summer that year, his parents moved to Atlanta, Ga., and he attended the Georgia Military Academy and graduated in 1953. Upon his graduation, he attended Reinhardt College in Waleska, Ga. He also performed summer work at West Georgia University and Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, Ga., and Carrollton, Ga. In 1955, he entered Arkansas A & M College (now University of Arkansas at Monticello), graduating in 1956. In 1957, he was called to service in the United States Navy, serving for two years and his first duty station was Officer Candidate School, Newport, R.I. , with subsequent duty stations at Norfolk Naval Air Station, Norfolk, Va.
Mr. Dietrich was an avid horseman and was known nationally for authoring the first comprehensive rule book of the Racking Horse Breeder’s Association. He was voted “Horseman of the Year” for his dedication to the Racking Horse Breeder’s Association, Decatur, Alabama. He was the Executive Vice President of the National Association, and in his fifteen years at that post, he chaired every committee.
Mr. Dietrich worked for Bird & Son and retired from Tamko Roofing Company in 1997 as Territorial Sales Manager of Arkansas.
He was a member of Central Baptist Church and a Deacon. He also taught the Men’s Sunday School Class for many years.
Mr. Dietrich is survived by his wife, Barbara Jean McCampbell Dietrich, whom he married July 23, 1955, in Pine Bluff; son and daughter-in-law, Frank “Chuck” Dietrich of White Hall; daughter, Sharon Dietrich Matheson of White Hall; five grandchildren, Tiffany Dietrich Evans, Courtney Dietrich Lackey, Blake Dietrich, Jennifer Matheson and Aaron Ives; three great-grandchildren, Caroline Evans, Madelyn Evans and Landon Lackey.
Funeral services will be Saturday, October 27, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. In the Chapel of Ralph Robinson & Son Funeral Directors with Reverend Allen Elkins officiating. Burial will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery.
The family will receive friends at Robinson’s Friday evening from 6-8 p.m.
Memorials may take the form of Contributions to Central Baptist Church, 6107 Dollarway Road, Pine Bluff, Arkansas 71602.