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2011 April 23: Vail Meek Paschal

Vail Meek Paschal, age 76, of Little Rock and formerly of Springdale, Arkansas, died Saturday, April 23, 2011. He was born November 10, 1934 in Little Rock to the late Vail and Agnes Meek Paschal.

He attended Little Rock public schools, where he played drums in the concert and marching bands. He was also active in the high school swing band and was the director his senior year. He was a graduate of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and a member of the Delta Kappa Fraternity. He was also a graduate of the University of Arkansas School of Pharmacy and a member of Rho Chi Honor Society and a recipient of the Merck award.

He owned and operated Vail’s Pharmacy in southwest Little Rock and later managed stores for Osco Drug Company. He attended UCLA where he received training in Nuclear Pharmacy. For several years he worked as a nuclear pharmacist and manager of the nuclear laboratory at Syncor International in Little Rock. In 1994, he moved to Springdale and was involved in opening a nuclear laboratory where he worked until his retirement. Vail was an elder in the Presbyterian Church, a 32nd degree Mason, a member of the Scimitar Shrine and Jesters and a member of the Scottish rite.

Vail is survived by his wife of 56 years, Rita Hefley Paschal; two daughters, Rita Wooley and husband, Brad of Little Rock and Ronda Dorchester and husband, Charles of Denver, Colorado; grandchildren, Elizabeth and Bradley Wooley of Little Rock and Ruby, Leland and Vail Dorchester of Denver, Colorado.

Visitation will be at Ruebel Funeral Home on Thursday, April 28, 2011 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. A memorial service will be held at Ruebel Funeral Home on Friday, April 29, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. officiated by Rev. Steve Hancock with a reception following. A private graveside service will be held at Roselawn Memorial Park. Pallbearers are Brad Wooley, Bradley Wooley, Charles Dorchester, Leland Dorchester, Vail Dorchester and Dr. William F. Hefley.

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