Dr. Bobby Leon Gosser of North Little Rock, AR went to be with his Lord and Savior early Wednesday morning, Aug. 14, 2013 from complications of a stroke. He was known as Bob to his friends, and Papa Doc by his 15 grandchildren. He was retired from pediatric practice of the North Little Rock Pediatric Clinic and Chief of Medical Affairs of Baptist Hospital since 1995. He was born March 9, 1933 in Little Rock, AR to the late Thomo Leon Gosser and Anna Laverne (Oholendt) Gosser of Little Rock, AR. He was preceded in death by his sister Joan Gosser of Marvell, AR.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 58 years Marianne (Morrisett) Gosser of North Little Rock, AR and 5 children, Jenny (Gosser) Turner, Bobby Leon Gosser, Jr. and wife Donna and Leigh Anna (Gosser) Askins and husband Jonathan all of North Little Rock, AR, John Mark Gosser and wife Glenda of Coppell, Texas and April Elizabeth (Gosser) Cook and husband Jared of Conway, AR; 15 grandchildren, Abby, Molly Anne and Laura Leigh Turner, Trey, Alex and McKenzie Gosser, J.J. and Jessica Askins all of North Little Rock, Megan, Gretchen and John Mark of Coppell, Texas and Maleah and Adien Cook, Anna and Ava Weeks of Conway, AR; two nieces Janet (Bates) Ligon of Marvell, AR and Claudia (Morrisett) Colvin of Apple Valley, CA and one nephew Rob Bates of Longview, Texas and many cousins.
Bob is a 1951 graduate of Little Rock Central High School where he played football and ran track. He attended Hendrix College and served in the United States Navy as a Dental Technician. He graduated from Ouachita Baptist University in 1956 with a Bachelor of Science Degree where he also lettered in baseball and football. Dr. Gosser and his wife, Marianne, a 1955 Ouachita alumna, have been longtime supporters of Ouachita. The university’s Student Village, dedicated in 2009, includes Gosser Hall which was named in honor of Dr. and Mrs. Gosser. Five of Gosser Hall’s seven houses are named in honor of their five children, all of whom are Ouachita graduates: Jenny Gosser (‘82), Bobby Gosser (‘83), John M. Gosser (‘84), Leigh Anna Gosser Askins (‘89), and April Gosser Cook (‘94). He later graduated from the University of Arkansas Medical School in 1961. He completed his Pediatric Residency in 1963 at the University of Oklahoma Medical School.
Bob was an active member of Second Baptist Church in Little Rock, AR from cradle roll until present where he served as an ordained deacon and as the director of Youth, Young Marrieds and Adult Sunday School Classes. He also served on the church’s finance committee and Lake Nixon Board.
Dr. Gosser taught his family how important it is to give back to his community by example with his service through the North Little Rock Rotary Club, Boys & Girls Club and YMCA as well as serving as President for all three. He was also active in soliciting physicians to give physicals to the NLR School District Athletics and served on a committee of three to redistrict the voting awards of the City of North Little Rock.
After retirement Bob was still very active serving the community and his church. He started the Willing Hands at Second Baptist Church to help the home bound, helped build for Habitat for Humanity, made mission trips to the Baptist Seminary in Canada to help build dormitories, served at the Stew Pot for many years and rang the bell for the Salvation Army.
A celebration of his life was held Friday, Aug. 16, at Second Baptist Church in Little Rock. Any donations in memory of Dr. Gosser may be made to the following:
Second Baptist Church, 222 East 8th Street, Little Rock, AR 72202.
Ouachita Baptist University, P.O. Box 3754, Arkadelphia, AR 71998.
Baptist Hospital Foundation, 9601 Interstate 630 Exit 7, Little Rock, AR 72205.