Obituary: Dr. Fred Tucker “Tuck” McDonald, Past ASDA President

by Billy Tarpley on April 20, 2022

Dr. Fred Tucker McDonald, 76, of Pine Bluff, passed away on February 16, 2022 at the McClellan Veterans Hospital in Little Rock. He was born April 19, 1945 in Little Rock, Ark., to the late Ross and Virginia Light McDonald. He was raised in Benton, Ark., and graduated from Benton High School in 1963. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree at University of Arkansas in 1965, his Doctorate of Dental Surgery at The University of Tennessee College of Dentistry in 1968, and his Master of Science in Dentistry from Baylor University Orthodontic School in 1971.

Dr. McDonald served as a deacon at First Baptist Church in Pine Bluff, and he was a member of several civic and professional groups including the Pine Bluff Lions Club, Boy Scouts of America, American Dental Association, American Association of Orthodontics, and Arkansas Dental Association where he served as president in 2004-2005. Colonel McDonald served his country in the United States Army National Guard for 32 years, where he completed two tours of duty overseas. Additionally, he served as an adjunct professor at the United States Army Command and General Staff College. Dr. McDonald enjoyed spending time outdoors hunting and fishing, but he was always happiest with his family, especially his grandson Griffin.

Survivors include his loving and devoted wife of forty-five years, Julie Floyd McDonald; children, Cory McDonald (Samantha) of Rogers and Meredith Little (Stan) of Dahlonega, Georgia; grandson, Griffin Little; and brother, Mitchell McDonald of Benton.

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