Charles B. Roscopf, 89, of Helena, passed away Wednesday, August 23, 2017 in Southaven, Mississippi.

Charles B. Roscopf, 89, of Helena, passed away Wednesday, August 23, 2017 in Southaven, Mississippi.

Mr. Roscopf was born and raised in Phillips County. He was an Eagle Scout and a counselor at Cedar Valley Scout Camp. After graduating from Marvell High School as valedictorian, he served as a Navy corpsman at Camp Pendleton, California.

He attended Hendrix College before enrolling in the University of Arkansas School of Law. While in law school, he was president of Kappa Sigma Fraternity and was elected to the Arkansas legislature, where he served for six years.

In 1954 he married the former Mary Anne Maddox and joined the law firm of Burke and Moore in Helena. He was a delegate to the 1969 Constitutional Convention where he helped design the county government provisions that were eventually enacted.

He was one of the founders of DeSoto School, an active member of the First United Methodist Church, and a past president and Paul Harris Fellow in the Helena Rotary Club. In 1991 he served as the president of the Arkansas Bar Association and later as the president of the Arkansas Bar Foundation. He was actively practicing law until July of this year.

Charles leaves his son, Charles D. Roscopf (Ann) of Helena; his daughter, Ann Allen (Gil) of Salsbury, Maryland; seven grandchildren, Jessica W. Ayers (Josh), Charles D. Roscopf, Jr. (Lauren), Adam Carlson (Abbi), Stuart Carlson, Becca Luetjen (Doug), Gil Allen (Kathryn) and Kate Dyer (Nelson); and two great-grandchildren, Whitt Dyer and Gibby Carlson.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Emmett Lee and Sally Virginia King Roscopf and his wife, Mary Anne Roscopf.

In lieu of flowers the family requests any donations in his memory be sent to the Charles B. Roscopf Scholarship, Arkansas Bar Foundation, 2224 Cottondale Lane, Little Rock, AR 72202; First United Methodist Church in Helena, 502 Porter Street, Helena, AR 72342; or DeSoto School Foundation, ACF, 1400 West Markham, Ste. 206, Little Rock, Arkansas 72201.

Services will be directed by Roller-Citizens Funeral Home, West Helena, (870) 572-2571.

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