After high school, I graduated from Ft. Smith Junior College. I was very fortunate, then, to receive an appointment to the United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD where I attended two years. Upon my return to Arkansas, I graduated with a degree in Accounting from the university. More recently, I labored a few years at Christian Brothers University here in Memphis working on an MBA, but dropped out before finishing due to work demands.
Life comes at you fast! A large bank from Memphis was recruiting on campus in Fayetteville. After graduating in January 1964, I moved to Memphis accepting a job. It didn't pay much, but I did meet a Memphis girl. We were married in 1965 and still are today. Now, there is a daughter and son, ages 41 and 38! Whew! And, between them, we have three granddaughters ranging in age from 3 to 10.
Ours has been a pretty uneventful life. I moved on from the bank to several jobs and finally retired in 2003. We were returning to Ft. Smith with some regularity until my mother died about five years ago. Since then, we come through on the way to Fayetteville, or Branson, or northwest Arkansas where the mountains are still so appealing. Our time is spent volunteering for our church, serving on the board of our neighborhood association, visiting the beaches in Destin, FL twice each year, and coming to Greers Ferry and the mountains in Arkansas once in a while.
My parents were not charter members of Southside Baptist Church, but they were sure regular! I grew up in that environment and recollections are mostly about the friends I had there; Butch, Jack, Raymond, Nancy, Linda and Paul. It has sure been fun learning how Catholics, Jews and the other Protestants live! I have not attended any reunions before, but we're looking forward to the Big 50 in October. I have been away so long, I don't recognize any of those old, fat people at the Saturday morning breakfast meetings, though some of their names surely sound familiar. However, I don't believe I look much like my yearbook picture, either.
Roy Fisk - 2008