Houston Nutt Sr. Passes Away at Age 74
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Houston Nutt Sr., a longtime teacher and coach at the Arkansas School for the Deaf, passed away at 2:38 p.m. on Wednesday at BAPTIST HEALTH Medical Center in Little Rock, Ark. Nutt Sr., born Oct. 9, 1930, was surrounded by family and friends when he succumbed to complications from a massive stroke suffered early Monday morning.
Nutt Sr. is the patriarch of one of the most famous coaching families in Arkansas. Houston Nutt Jr. is the head football coach at the University of Arkansas. Dickey is the head basketball coach at Arkansas State University. Danny is the running backs coach on Houston Jr.’s staff at Arkansas. Dennis is the head basketball coach at Texas State University.
“On behalf of the Nutt family, I would like to thank all of the outstanding medical professionals at Baptist Medical Center,” Houston Nutt Jr. said. “I would especially like to thank Drs. David Reding and Robert Searcy and all of the nurses that cared for my father. In the past few days, we have been overwhelmed by the showing of support from people throughout Arkansas. We appreciate your continued prayers as we deal with the loss of a truly special husband, father, grandfather, brother, coach, teacher and friend.”
Nutt Sr. is survived by his wife of 49 years, Emogene, sons Houston Nutt Jr. of Fayetteville, Ark., Dickey Nutt of Jonesboro, Ark., Danny Nutt of Fayetteville, Ark., and Dennis Nutt of San Marcos, Texas. He is also survived by a brother, Faye Nutt of Fordyce, Ark., a sister, Ellareace Nutt also of Fordyce, Ark., and 13 grandchildren.
Visitation for the Nutt family will be from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday in the Gathering Hall of Immanuel Baptist Church in Little Rock. A memorial service for Houston Nutt Sr. will be held at Immanuel Baptist on Friday at 11 a.m. Nutt Sr. will be interred in a private family burial.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame (4 Shackleford Plaza – Suite 207, Little Rock, AR 72211) or the Immanuel Baptist Building Fund (501 N. Shackleford, Little Rock, AR 72211). Memorial arrangements are being handled by Roller-Chenal Funeral Home (13801 Chenal Parkway, Little Rock, AR 72211 – (501) 224-8300) in Little Rock, Ark.
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