Louise Doak


Louise Nix Doak, age 87, of Pine Bluff, died Monday, December 3, 2012.

She was born July 7, 1925 in Cleveland County, a daughter of the late Thompson Huel Nix and Jennie Melissa Ratliff Nix. She graduated from Watson Chapel High School in 1943, attended Arkansas A&M College, and Little Rock University (now UALR). She married William Walter “Bill” Doak, Jr. on October 26, 1969. Mr. Doak died October 1, 2009.

Mrs. Doak worked for the Pine Bluff Commercial for a number of years and retired from the Pine Bluff Arsenal. During World War II, she worked at Grider Field and was known as “Rosie the Riveter”. She was a member of First Baptist Church.

Active in numerous historical and genealogical societies, Louise was a past-regent of the Pine Bluff Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution for four years, and also held numerous other offices. She also served as Arkansas State President, United Daughters of 1812 for ten years. While state president, the Arkansas society marked the grave sites of War of 1812 veterans. She was also a member of the Colonial Dames. Mrs. Doak was also president of the Arkansas Chapter, Sons and Daughters of the Pilgrims for eight years. She was also a member of the Arkansas Pioneers because of her pioneer Nix family of Dallas County, who were living there by 1846. She loved research and family history.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was predeceased by a sister, Opal Geneva Nix Caruthers Heird.

Mrs. Doak is survived by a sister, Wilma “Pee-Wee” Davis; along with a number of nieces and nephews.

Graveside services will be 10:00 a.m. Thursday, at Graceland Cemetery with Dr. Lynn Worthen officiating. Arrangements are by Fuller Hale-South Funeral Services.

There will be no formal visitation, however Mrs. Doak will lie in state at the funeral home from 1-5 p.m. on Wednesday.

Online condolences: FullerFunerals.com.