P.O. Box 506, 943 Highway 425 North, Monticello, AR71655

Robert Andrew Langley
June 29, 1929 - January 24, 2024

Robert Andrew Langley

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Robert Andrew Langley, born June 29, 1929, passed away Wednesday, January 24, 2024. Born and raised in Dalark, he lived the last 60 years in Monticello where he first taught economics and later was library circulation manager at what is now the University of Arkansas at Monticello. Robert also worked many years as night assistant manager at Piggly Wiggly. In addition to his ''day jobs'', he also served as a volunteer fireman for the city of Monticello.

Preceded in death by his parents, Donald J. and Mary N. Langley, sister Mary Langley Smith, and grandsons John Lloyd and Kirk Ruth, he is survived by his wife, Ruth Shelton Langley, sons Russell and David (Barbara) Langley, daughter Julie (Tommy) Smith, grandchildren Andrea (Daniel) Warren, Braden (Paige) Smith, Laura (Blake) Hockaday, Autumn and Rubin Langley, four great-grandchildren, and one special caregiver, Tywana Wilson.

Robert was a life-long member of the Methodist faith including the last 60 years at First United Methodist Church of Monticello where he served on many committees and the doors were rarely opened without his presence. He was a long time member of the Lions Club of Monticello, a Gideon, and a Korean War Veteran.

More than anything, Robert loved people. He loved working with students and the public and after retirement could be found with his coffee group or lunch bunch at church or visiting with his breakfast buddies at Huddle House. In the last year, the aides, nurses, staff and residents of the Woods became his second family. Robert had an infectious laugh and enjoyed life to the fullest no matter the circumstances.

Funeral services will be Saturday, January 27, at 3:00 p.m. at First United Methodist Church of Monticello with a reception following in the Family Life Center. Family graveside services will be Monday, January 29 at Delamar Cemetery. Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church.

The family wishes to thank all the people that have helped take care of ''Papa'' or ''The Professor'' over the last many years including Dr. Michael Fakouri, the staff at Drew Memorial, Southeast Arkansas Rehab, Belleview Estates, The Woods, and many others.

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Saturday, January 27, 2024
4:00 p.m.
First United Methodist Church
317 South Main St.
Monticello, AR  71655
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Funeral Service
Saturday, January 27, 2024
3:00 p.m.
First United Methodist Church
317 S. Main St.
Monticello, AR  71655
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DeLamar Cemetery
2228 North Hwy. 8
Sparkman, AR  71763
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First United Methodist Church
317 South Main
Monticello, AR  71655


  1. Lowell F. Lynde, Jr.
    Ruth, I was sorry to hear about Robert's death. May God comfort you and your family and bless you with many happy memories.
  2. Clay Cross
    So sorry to hear about the passing of Mr. Langley. He was certainly a great man. The whole Langley family was a home away from home for me during college. Such a great memory.

    To Ruth, Russell, David, Julie and family, my prayers and hopes for comfort and peace are with you.

  3. Allen Chandler
    I was in at least one, possibly two of Mr. Langley's classes in the late 1970's. I remember him as a caring and soft-spoken gentleman. May the Lord give comfort, peace and strength to his family.
  4. Kent Davis
    He was a good Man, I’m sorry Prayers
  5. Paula M Pruett
    Love, prayers and peace to the Langley family as they deal with the loss of a dearly loved family member.
    May his immortal soul rest in peace and his family find comfort in many wonderful momories.
    Paula M Pruett of the George & Margaret Pruett family.
  6. Butch and Judy Selig
    Ruth and all the family,
    We are saddened to learn of your loss of Robert. He was such a fine gentleman, and we know his family and friends will miss him terribly. We have many memories of Robert from our college days. He was a wonderful mentor to many students and just made this world a better place. Hold your precious memories close and take comfort from those memories.
    Peace and comfort,
    Judy and Butch
  7. Kay Worbington
    Mr. Langley was my Economics Professor when I attended Arkansas A&M in the late 1960. I considered him a good teacher and enjoyed his class. He was a kind man and well thought of. I liked talking to him many years later at Piggly Wiggly. He was a friend to many and a Monticello icon. Mrs. Ruth & family, you have my prayers of comfort at this sad time!
  8. Stacy Cater
    Ruth, Autumn, Rubin and other family l send my condolences.
  9. Sandra Goodman Jamison
    I worked in the library when I was a student at UAM many moons ago under Mr. Langley. He was a very nice man. I am so sorry for your loss. My sincere condolences 💐
  10. Barbara Benton
    I have known this family for many years. I was saddened when I saw that Mr. Langley had passed. I am so sorry for your loss.
  11. Betty Evans (BJ)
    I am so sorry for your loss Mrs. Ruth and family. He was a great person. I enjoyed talking to him when I worked with you. Praying for peace and comfort in this time of need for you and your family.

    Betty Evans (BJ)
  12. Mary Heady
    At the library, we always called him Mr. Langley. I always enjoyed listening to his stories and learning more history, a little at a time. He brought joy to every place! He will be missed!
  13. Tywana Wilson
    Rest in Paradise
  14. Kent Davis
    He was the Best, I’m sorry Prayers
  15. Janie & Larry Fuller
    Ruth & Family
    We are so saddened to learn of Robert’s passing.
    Robert was one of my best long-time friends. He & I spent many hours together visiting one-on-one many days after our Men’s Coffee Group concluded. I always admired Robert’s sense of humor. He was a kind, forgiving, gentle, generous, & Christian Man. Robert’s character & values were above reproach in every way.
    Robert was always “the Man of the hour” at Sunday School, Church, Coffee Group, & Lunch Bunch! We served together in several civic, social, & FUMC Church organizations-He was the same Man all the time. He was dependable, a Leader, & above all-strong principles. I loved him as a Brother.
    May our Loving God continue Blessing his family & provide you with His comfort at this time🙏🙏❤️
    Janie & Larry Fuller

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