On March 12, the community of Levy lost one of its favorite sons – the late W. J. Waymack. He was a U.S. veteran and Pearl Harbor survivor, very active in his home church of Levy Baptist, a dedicated family man, and a person who cared about his community.
On Friday, which is also Flag Day, Levy Baptist Church, 3501 Pike Ave., North Little Rock, has scheduled a ceremonial raising at 4 p.m. of a large American flag and flag pole which will stand in memory of Waymack and his late wife, Doris.
“It is a huge flag,” said Don Nichols, executive pastor of Levy Baptist. “It is 35 feet by 20 feet.”
The Waymacks were very active at Levy Baptist. They had become church members on Feb. 22, 1960.
“He was a trustee and a deacon and she taught a Sunday School class,” Nichols said.
In the last few years of Mr. Waymack’s life, he was a widower as Mrs. Waymack passed away three years before he did, Nichols said.
The Waymacks are a very missed couple, said Nichols.
“They were pillars and very much loved,” he said.
In the days prior to the Flag raising and dedication, the church drilled the hole where the flag will be erected.
At Friday’s dedication, there will be music and the public is invited to attend. City elected officials have also been invited, said Nichols.
“It will be a patriotic salute and we will have a Color Guard there too,” said Nichols.
Basso Voce, a tuba quartet connected to the Arkansas Wind Symphony, will play the National Anthem and provide pre- and post-ceremony music.
Nichlos said the driving force to dedicate the flag to Waymacks’ memory was their family. Members approached the church and said they would pay for the costs of erecting the flag and pole.
“He was a very pro-America person,” Waymack said. “The family wanted to have a lasting memory of them. They asked if they would be allowed to do it on church property and we were thrilled to do it.”
There eventually will be a plaque or some type of memorial with words dedicated to the memory of Waymacks, he said.
“It won’t be ready in time for Flag Day,” Nichols said.
It will resemble memorials which are placed at gravesites, said Nichols.
There will also be a Fish Fry dinner after the ceremony at 5 p.m. for a cost of $10.