Richard Barron Brantley, 89, of Little Rock, passed away July 25. He was born on September 5, 1932, to Winnie L. and Howard F. Brantley in Little Rock. After graduating high school, he enlisted and served in the United States Army for three years. He enrolled and went to ASTC (UCA) for two years, before attending and graduating from St. Louis University with a doctorate degree in Dentistry in 1962. He practiced family dentistry in Little Rock, until he retired in 1995. Rich was an avid outdoorsman- he loved anything outside.
He was predeceased by his parents, the mother of his children, Anne H. Twedt, granddaughter, Erika Carretta, and stepson, Ben Sylar.
He leaves to cherish his memory, his loving wife, Anne Brantley; his older brother, Duane Brantley; his son, Steven Brantley (Cindy); his daughter Shannon Griffin (Gary); and stepson Sam Sylar (Dr. Jane McHowat). He also leaves his grandchildren, Cassie Ross (Steven), Chris (Asha), Brooks Carretta (Claire), Chase, Michael Santamaria (Skilar), stepgrands, Ben and Maggie Sylar; and great-grandchildren, Payton, Hudson, Emma, Parker, Henry and Luca. Rich also had close and loving relationships with his two nieces, and three nephews, Laura, Amy, Barry, Chuck, and Kyle; and leaves behind other extended family and friends.
A Memorial Service, with military honors, will be held 11:00 am Friday, August 5, 2022 at Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery, 1501 W. Maryland Ave., North Little Rock, Arkansas 72120. Pastor Alisa Secrest will officiate, and D.K. Robinson will speak.
Richard served as president of the local Lions Club; so in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Lions Club International, Lions Club/ Donate, 300 West 22nd Street, Oak Brook, IL 60523, or Second Presbyterian Church, Second Presbyterian Church/Give , 600 Pleasant Valley Dr., Little Rock, Arkansas, 72227. Arrangements by Smith Little Rock Funeral Home.