Helping Families and Friends Honor Their Loved One

Fleming Stockton, 76

Fleming Stockton, of Little Rock, gave it a rest after 76 years in this life. He once said that he believed he was a warrior in a past life, so he took it easy in this one. Which we don’t all agree that he took it that “easy.”

Fleming was a man of many words and would share them with anyone who would listen- in person or in print. He was the epitome of a walking history book. A creative soul who appreciated all art, music and literature. An avid movie buff, who would recommend a movie and proceed to tell you the entire plot.

He loved to travel the country; known to escape to a cool trout stream with his hand tied flies, fly rod and waders in tow.  Wherever he went, he never met a stranger. He had a certain “je ne se quoi” that would help him find a connection with anyone. 

Many may know him as the man behind the meatloaf and famous yeast rolls. He and his wife, Barbara, were the owners of the former Downtown Little Rock staple, Your Mama’s Good Food. If you were a customer, you probably remember him best as a friend, or the one you could hear yelling from the kitchen. His passion for good food did not start or stop with his restaurant. He was often made fun of by his family for being picky and for taking so long to finish a meal.

Fleming, also lovingly known by his children as “Papa” and as “Butch” in his adolescence, is survived by his wife, Barbara Stockton; daughter, Aimee Stockton; son, Alex Stockton; mother, Billye Stockton; brothers, Mark (Karen) and Stephen Stockton; his brother and sister in laws, nieces and nephews, granddaughter, Rylan Oguschewitz and grand-dogs, Louie and Oakley Stockton. 

We believe that Fleming has now been reunited with his loving companions; his dog, Buddy and his grand-dog, Jackson. 

In remembrance of such a memorable man, the family asks that you consider donations to the National Park Foundation,

Arrangements are entrusted to A Natural State Funeral Service, 2620 West Main Street, Jacksonville, Arkansas.  501-982-3400


  • John Cooke Posted January 5, 2021 4:42 PM

    Enjoyed many a mea @ Your Mama’s… RIP Fleming.

  • Carl Tank Morrow Posted January 5, 2021 5:21 PM

    Such a good man was always so nice and welcoming. Praying for you Aimee Alex and Barbara much love

  • Lori Prescott Posted January 5, 2021 5:25 PM

    Aimee. What a beautiful tribute to your daddy!
    I know where you got your gift of talking to anyone and your love of travel!
    Love you!

  • Meredith McCullough Posted January 5, 2021 6:03 PM

    My fiends and I all worked at Your Mama’s in Hillcrest in the 90s. We have the best memories from working there. I even posted a photo of us in front of the jukebox just a couple of weeks ago on facebook. I loved working for Fleming. I’m so sorry, Barbara. You are in my thoughts. Love to you and the kids.

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  • Jan Simpson Johnson Posted January 5, 2021 6:25 PM

    Thinking of your family, neighbors, friends, Barbara and Alex and Aimee. RIP Fleming. May his memory be a blessing. Peace to all.

  • Bobby Cheatham Posted January 5, 2021 9:44 PM

    Going to miss him especially all his wild ideas he would ask me to do or make.
    God bless his family

  • Ed Nesbitt Posted January 6, 2021 10:31 AM

    Adios, amigo. A lot of it was fun while the fun lasted. A spark of your spirit lingers in my heart.

  • Bill McDonald Posted January 6, 2021 12:30 PM

    Your newsletter for the Arkansas Fly Fishers was the best! You are missed. Vaya Con Dios!

  • Gregg Patterson Posted January 6, 2021 8:02 PM

    “There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God. The holy place where the Most High dwells.” Psalm 46:4… I’m sure Flemming is trading fishing stories with the Most High right now. Condolences and sweet memories to the Flemming family.

  • Evans Benton Posted January 6, 2021 8:45 PM

    I well remember Fleming’s rolls at Your Mama’s, many of which I thoroughly enjoyed.

  • Yolonda Watson Posted January 6, 2021 9:51 PM

    Fleming was a character I am Blessed to have known!! I met him through his wife and was no stranger to him! He was always good for a serious conversation, he kept you thinking!! His wisdom and sarcasism will be missed!! Glad we crossed paths. Goodbye my friend!!

  • Jill Karlsson Posted January 6, 2021 11:33 PM

    My deepest sympathy.

  • Drew Kelso Posted January 7, 2021 10:49 AM

    I enjoyed Fleming’s enthusiasm for the AFF and working with him on the Board. Greatest newsletter of all time! His efforts pushed us all to higher levels. You will be missed!

  • Wayne Reed Posted January 7, 2021 7:33 PM

    What a great guy. Always enjoyed our fishing trips. I’ll someday see you st the river. 👍🙏

  • Mark D’Auteuil Posted February 10, 2021 5:58 PM

    May your waters run cold and the fish always be biting. R I P You da fisherman.

  • Patrick Murphy Posted March 5, 2021 7:34 AM

    My condolences and thoughts are with the family. See you on the other side.

  • Rae-Lene Wolf Posted March 5, 2021 11:03 AM

    Many sympathies to this wonderful Stockton clan. My family connected through our fathers and ended with a shared passion of antiques with my dearest Billye.

    May your loss recovery be firm and swift my friends….

  • Terry Rasco Posted March 5, 2021 10:57 PM

    I have fond memories of great lunches at Your Mama’s and was sorry to read of Fleming’s recent passing. My sincere sympathies to Barbara and family.

  • John & Janie Thomad Posted March 8, 2021 12:45 PM

    So very sad to know of your loss.
    It’s been a long time, Barbara.
    We have the most wonderful memories of those times that our lives came together. They were special memories we will cherish forever.
    We send our warmest condolences. Please know you & your family are in our thoughts & prayers.

  • Marian McMullan Posted March 24, 2021 10:05 AM

    Although it has been many years since we have seen Fleming and, more recently, Barbara, one thing never changed. They are forever genuine. Barbara, thinking of you more and more, my friend.

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