William Thomas Ketcher

May 29, 1946April 19, 2021
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William Thomas Ketcher of Little Rock passed away April 19, 2021 after a prolonged illness at the age of 74. He was born May 29, 1946 in Little Rock to the late Henry H. Ketcher, Jr. and his mother who survives him, Betty Cameron Ketcher of Little Rock. William was raised in North Little Rock and graduated from North Little Rock High School where he excelled in sports in both track and football. He then graduated from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville where he was a member of Sigma Nu Fraternity and had played football for the Razorbacks under Frank Broyles. William also attended one year of law school.

He worked for his family business Ketcher & Co, Inc. In the early 1990’s William moved to Moscow, Russia, USSR, and owned his own business Ketcher Trade where he imported Arkansas Food products and sold them in Russia. He Retired from Arkansas Department of Human Services in the Juvenile Detention Section.

Mr. Ketcher was past chairman of the Little Rock Planning Commission, he restored Historic Apartments on Arch St in downtown Little Rock. In the 1980’s he built a new home in Prospect Terrace with the guidance of his friend Rick Redden.

William received his Sailing and navigation Certification and sailed the Caribbean. He also achieved a pilot’s license.

William enjoyed coaching sports in several youth programs across the city thru the Upward program as well as The Boys and Girls Club, and was a volunteer basketball coach at The Anthony School. He was a member of the Indian Princess Guides for dads and daughters and participated with his daughters, Page, Louise and Millie.

A member of St. Andrews Church on Kanis Road, William was a part of the Men’s bible study fellowship for many years.

William is preceded in death by his father, Henry Ketcher, Jr. and sister-in-law Jane Ketcher. He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Theresa Courtney Ketcher whom he met on a blind date and later married on August 26, 1995; four children daughters Page Ketcher, Louise Riley, Millie Ketcher and son William Thomas Ketcher, II; Goddaughter Eliza Hussman Gaines; brothers Henry Ketcher, John Ketcher and Ken Ketcher; mother-in-law Faye Courtney; Sister-in-laws Kim Courtney and Bridget (Burleson) Williams; brother-in-law Tony (Donna) Courtney; a host of nieces and nephews; and numerous friends.

The family will host a visitation on Friday, the 23rd of April, 2021 at Griffin Leggett Healey & Roth between the hours of 5:00pm and 8:00pm. Funeral services for William will be held at 2 O’Clock in the afternoon on Saturday, at Christ Church Little Rock .

A private family burial will be held later.

Honorary pallbearers will be Hank Ketcher, Karen Keathley, Katie Litwa, Cameron Ketcher, Richard Ketcher, Randy Breece, Dr. Larry Mendelsohn and Walter Hussman.

The family would like to thank caregiver Sheila Roberson, Alzheimer’s Arkansas and Kindred Hospice.

Memorials may be made to Alzheimer’s Arkansas and St. Andrews Church on Kanis Road.


  • Alzheimer'sArkansas
  • St Andrew's Anglican Church


  • Visitation

    Friday, April 23, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, April 24, 2021



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Reginald Rogers

April 26, 2021

Theresa and the Ketcher Family: May God grant you strength at this time of loss. This is also a time to celebrate a life well-lived. William and Theresa raised a wonderful family that he was justifiably proud of. I enjoyed having shared dinner with William at his lovely home and at Catholic High. He was a fun and interesting person to be around. He was very talented in so many interests and work activities. He gave of his time to volunteer to coach boys basketball teams. Now he is in Heaven with all of our loved ones who have passed away. May he Rest in the Peace of Christ ! Reg Rogers Catholic High Class of 1977

Gayle Clark

April 25, 2021

William and I went to Arkansas has been years, but I will never forget how funny and mischievous he was, and beloved by all.
I was saddened to read of his passing, but I know he made every minute of his amazing life count.
On to his next Great Adventure, that's where he is...
Farewell Sweet William

Q. Byrum Hurst

April 25, 2021

I am so sorry to learn of the death of my friend William Ketcher . We shared many wonderful times in College and I always enjoyed his company. He was positive and avoided negativity and after we left college I enjoyed visiting with him immensely . My condolences and prayers for his family .

A.J. Dykes

April 25, 2021

My deepest and heartfelt sympathy to the family. We have lost someone who will be dearly missed, someone we are all very grateful to have known. He was a good man ahead of his time. Talented in so many ways, he was dedicated to being true to himself and to others. His big heart was full of love, and his beaming smile and twinkling eyes expressed that love so well.

Rest In Peace, William.

Steve Rogers

April 24, 2021

William was an amazing fellow who lead an amazing life. I remember a lot of good times growing up with William at Skyline Drive. I really enjoyed seeing his mother and brothers after his service. God Bless his family and Peace be with you.

Amy and Bob Keltner

April 24, 2021

Theresa, William & Millie--we are so sorry for your loss. William was always so kind and friendly to us and we will fondly remember our backyard chats over the fence. We will miss his smile!

Suzanne Van Pelt

April 24, 2021

I am so very sad to learn of William’s passing. I know he is happy now to be his old self. He was a wonderful cousin and the sweetest, most loving man. He will be always remembered fondly and missed deeply. RIP dear William.

Robert Fleckenstine

April 24, 2021

Thinking of you and the family during this difficult time. You have my deepest sympathy and I am praying for you all.

Bob Fleckenstine "Fleck"

Sharon Reeves Freeman

April 24, 2021

William was a friend from first grade. He was, and continued to be, one of the best looking boys we all knew, yet he never acted like he knew that. He was a true friend to so many, and one you always wanted to be around. He was funny, yet thoughtful and kind; he was the center of any group, yet he never ignored anyone; he was a friend for life, even if our paths rarely crossed.

My sympathy goes to his wife, kids, his mom, and his brothers. William was one of a kind — the good kind.

Sharon Reeves Freman

Kathy Barnett Thompson

April 24, 2021

Too many good memories to share here, but we never dance, listen to Sam and Dave or have a laugh telling stories without thinking of William. He is a presence in our lives.