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Edgar A. Major, age 86

Edgar A. Major, 86, peacefully passed away on March 11, in Little Rock, Arkansas. He was born in Little Rock on May 10, 1937, to the late Anderson (Bake) Major and the late Elizabeth (Elder) Major.

His family moved to Denver Colorado in 1940. He graduated from Wheatridge High School, and got an associate degree at Mesa university in Grand Junction, Colorado. Soon after, he met his wife of 64 years, Marlene. They had 2 daughters, Janene and Jody. Ed took a position at the Denver Post newspaper in 1964 and became a sales executive with the Post.

After 20 years, he was enticed back to Little Rock by Hugh Patterson, owner and Publisher of the Arkansas Gazette in 1984 where he was named Advertising Director. In 1990, Gannette asked him to become a Publisher and named him President /CEO/ Publisher of the Muskogee, OK, Gannette paper. In 1993, he was sent to Monroe LA, to be President/CEO/ Publisher of the Monroe News-Star. He acquired operating responsibilities in five other newspapers as well as holding the publisher position at the News- Star. He retired from Gannette in 2003 and headed to the golf course. In 2006, Ed and Marlene returned to Little Rock. Later that year he spearheaded the idea for the SYNC publication, geared towards young people. In 2008, he accepted his dream job at Edwin Watts Golf store.

Ed is survived by his wife Marlene (DeAngelo) Major, daughters Janene Martin (Richard), Jody Fechter (Bob), and a host of grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at Christ the King Catholic Church in Little Rock, on Friday March 22 at 1:30p.m.

Arrangements by A Natural State Funeral Service 2620 West Main Street, Jacksonville, Arkansas 72076. 501-982-3400. Online guestbook available at


  • Joe & Devona Spykstra Posted March 15, 2024 10:23 PM

    What a terrific friend & neighbor!

  • Liz and Jack Carney Posted March 16, 2024 5:54 PM

    We remember your wedding all those years ago. Great friend and husband to Marlene

  • Jacqueline Shada Posted March 16, 2024 11:30 PM

    You’re in my thoughts, my heart, and my prayers..

  • Charlie Bever Posted March 19, 2024 9:22 AM

    One of the very best in our profession. A gentleman, scholar and all around nice guy.

  • Don Stinson Posted March 19, 2024 12:53 PM

    Very much a gentleman and a scholar. A very fine man.

  • Michael craft Posted March 19, 2024 4:17 PM

    Ed was a good friend and a very professional newspaper guy. It was a pleasure to have known him and to have worked with hi.

  • Lisa Patterson Posted March 19, 2024 9:34 PM

    He was a great man to work for. He was publisher at the News Star when I started working there. Sending love and prayers to family and friends.

  • Ed coates Posted March 21, 2024 1:02 PM

    Ed was a gentleman and had a terrific brain

  • Sammie Saulsbury Posted March 21, 2024 1:04 PM

    My heart aches for Marlene especially and all the family because I know how he was loved. My heart aches that i cannot be there to give personal condolences and hugs. I’m so grateful that God blessed me by making Ed a part of my life. Peace, blessings and happy memories to all who knew and lived him

  • Steve Bennett Posted March 22, 2024 12:14 PM

    Ed was always great to be around. I married into the family and he treated me like I had grown up in the family. He will be missed.

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