Richard "Rick" William Taber, 54, of North Little Rock died Monday, April 22, 2013. He was born in Highland, Ill., to Clinton Kelley Taber and Rosemary Murphy Taber.

Prior to suffering a traumatic brain injury in 2004, he was an award winning newspaper and television journalist. He held many different positions in the news industry, reporting for and then editing the Press Argus-Courier in Van Buren and the Greenwood Democrat. He started as a cameraman in television news and worked in a number of technical positions before becoming a newscast producer at both KHBS in Fort Smith and KATV in Little Rock.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Clinton Kelley Taber and Rosemary Murphy Taber; and siblings, Clinton Kelley Taber, Jr., Linda Taber Poneta, Patricia Taber Morgan and Robert Taber.

Survivors include children, David Taber and wife Leah of North Little Rock, Kaitlyn Humenchuk and husband Michael of Deptford, N.J., Ashley Taber Yarbrough and husband Jacob Dain of Russellville and Emilee Taber Dale of Van Buren; siblings, Tom Taber and wife Carol of Augusta, Ga., Kathy Humiston and husband Richard of Ft. Smith, Steve Taber of Kenmore, Wash., Peter Taber and wife Patsy of Fayetteville, Mary Scovic and husband Peter of Newnan, Ga., Susan Starr of Honolulu, Hawaii, Michael Taber of Hot Springs, and David Taber of Houston, Texasmother of the children, Jorise Taber Ware; in-laws, Martha Taber, Jan Poneta and Ellen Taylor; grandchildren, Vivian Yarbrough, Stella Yarbrough, Ivan Yarbrough, Thomas Alexander Yarbrough, Brianna Marie Taber, Haley Rose Taber, Aidric Adam Taber, Kaiya Smith, Atticus Byram, and Rosemary Humenchuk; and a host of other family and friends.

A service was held Tuesday, April 30 at Little Rock Funeral Home.

The family requests memorial donations be made to the Brain Injury Alliance of Arkansas, P.O. 26236, Little Rock, AR 72221-6236.

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