Glenn Ray McFadden, 70, of Little Rock, Arkansas, went home to rest with the Lord early Wednesday morning, February 16, 2022.
Glenn was born to the late Glenn and Irma (Hudson) McFadden on January 20, 1952. He was preceded in death by his wife, Verna Jean McFadden, and siblings Betty Hudson and Cheryl Hudson.
Glenn was introduced to Christianity at a very young age by his grandmother, the late Mrs. Arbunion Brown. He gave his life to Christ and united with the Saint John Missionary Baptist Church, Little Rock, where he remained a member until death. His relationship with the Reverend C. Dennis Edwards went far beyond that of pastor/member. From a teenager, his love and reverence for Rev. Edwards could not be superseded.
Glenn Ray was a lover of people. He never met a stranger and opened his home to many throughout his lifetime. He was a host of hosts and gentleman of gentlemen. His charismatic smile, kind heart, and encouraging spirit touched the lives of thousands. Glenn was a faithful husband, dedicated father, brother, uncle, and priceless friend.
Glenn was a par excellence athlete and graduated from Horace Mann High School in 1972. There, he broke records that were never recorded in the archives of Arkansas state high school football because of discrepancies during the transitioning of desegregation. After graduating high school, Glenn ventured out of state for a short period of time but returned and attended Ouachita Baptist University (OBU) on a football scholarship. His quest for academic excellence rewarded him with receiving his bachelor and master’s degrees from OBU. While attending college, Glenn was introduced to the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity on the campus of the University of AR at Pine Bluff (UAPB). Without a doubt, he knew this was an organization he wanted to become a member; however, OBU did not offer black Greek organizations; Henderson State University did, but the Kappas were not on their grounds. With the assistance of Dr. Oba White, Rev. Alvin William Terry, and Mr. Roland Piggee, via the Gamma Sigma Chapter of UAPB during the spring of 1973, Glenn, Ira Love, Sylvester Henry, and James Dishroom became the first line, known as “Superstitious Love & Kisses” (Blood, Sweat, & Tears with a Lot of Love.) This was an unprecedented feat, although they were students in Arkadelphia, their chapter became known as the Gamma Sigma West, and Glenn served as their first Polemarch (president). Glenn continued to work diligently to ensure the Arkadelphia Chapter was bestowed identity, and in 1975, the Theta Alpha Chapter was chartered. Glenn also served his country as a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Army. With a master’s degree in political science, Glenn worked with a plethora of politicians during the late 1970s through early ‘80s in the state of Arkansas, he acknowledged his interest and success in politics to Dr. Jim Ranchino, one of his OBU political science professors, whom he learned from and loved dearly. Work was no stranger to Glenn. From the Community Crime Prevention Coordinator for the Urban League of Little Rock to becoming one of the first television cable salesmen in Pulaski County, Glenn’s enthusiasm to be his best could not be hidden. He was also employed by Union Pacific Railroad and was an educator in the Pulaski County and Little Rock School Districts; Glenn excelled in whatever he embraced.
Glenn Ray leaves to cherish his memories nine children: Keithen Lloyd (Kim) of Houston, TX, Kevin McFadden (Angela) of Dallas, TX, Machaka Lovette, Burgess McFadden, Justin McFadden, Jordon McFadden all of Little Rock, AR, and by adoption, Jasmine McFadden of Warren, AR, Chester McFadden and Kyle McFadden of Little Rock, AR; two loving sisters: Wanda Coates and Linda Hudson Lucas of Little Rock; sixteen grandchildren, six great grandchildren, eight nieces, and nine nephews, a host of relatives, friends, constituents, and his special friend, Shirley Inkton (Little Rock).
Memorial donations may be made in honor of Mr. Glenn McFadden to the Little Rock Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity for the Kappa League
P.O. Box 687
Little Rock, AR 72203