Steven Ray Marlar

By Staff, 01/26/21 9:00 AM

Steven Ray Marlar of Hope died Sunday January 24, 2021, in Prescott, Arkansas.  Steve was born July 13, 1937, in Hope, Arkansas to, William D. and Adell Stewart Marlar.

Steve was preceded in death by his parents, five sisters, and one brother.  He is survived by one sister, Allie Marlar of Hope, three nieces, and two nephews, HHS classmates, and many friends.

Steve was a 1956 graduate of Hope High School where he lettered three-years playing Bobcat football.  He also played two years for the Texarkana College Bulldogs.

Steve spent many years in sales including working for Hope Auto and ARKLA Gas.

Steve was a wealth of knowledge and collector of Southwest Conference football game programs accumulating a substantial collection, as well as many personal autographed pictures of many of the SWC greats.  He also possessed many photographs of past Hempstead County Schools’ ball teams.  His collection was the source of many pictures used by the late Mary Nell Turner for the annual historical calendars she designed for First National Bank of Hope. His memory and recall of sporting events in Hope athletics was uncanny. It has been said that Steve recalls every play and the players involved in every football game in which he played.  He formed lifelong friendships with his teammates, and with many whom he played against. Also Steve was a resource of the history of families and personalities of Hope in the forties, fifties, and sixties.

Graveside services will be 2 p.m., Sunday January 31, 2021 at Marlbrook Cemetery Blevins, Arkansas with the Rev. David Porterfield officiating under the direction of Herndon-Fuqua Funeral Home.

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