Steve Platt

Published Friday, July 06, 2007

Steve Platt, 53, of Vilonia, passed away Wednesday (July 4, 2007).

Born Oct. 1, 1953 in Batesville, he graduated from North Little Rock High School. After completing his degree at Henderson State University in music education, he began his band directing career at Camden Harmony Grove. From there, he built band programs in McGhee and Beebe. He returned to Harmony Grove for 11 years, then came to Vilonia, where he was the band director for the "Pride of Faulkner County" for 16 years. Mr. Platt was inducted into the Phi Beta Mu Band Fraternity and was a member of ASBOA. Under his direction, the Vilonia Band received countless awards and accolades, including "The Brandon Award", Arkansas' highest honor to be given to a band.


A published writer and author of several Southern gospel hymns, he was of the Baptist faith.

Steve could play virtually every instrument, except one the fiddle. Because of his love and devotion to music, he picked up a fiddle three years ago and has been playing it ever since.

He loved to fish, cook out, and go to the cabin, but most of all, he loved his wife, his daughters, his family, and his band kids.

Steve, a caring man of faith, was often asked by students and members of the community, to be put on his "Hit List", which referred to his personal prayer list.

His father, Elmer A. Platt, preceded him in death.

Steve is survived by his wife of 33 years, Susie Platt of Vilonia; daughter, Ashley Mlay and husband Kevin Mlay of Okinawa, Japan; daughter, Amy Platt of Texarkana; granddaughter, Kaeleigh Mlay of Okinawa; his mother, Joann Platt of North Little Rock; brothers, David Platt of Dallas, Eddie Platt of Maumelle, Gus Platt, John Davidson, and Charlie Platt, all of North Little Rock; their families and a host of family and friends.

Services celebrating Steve's life will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Phillip D. Weaver Football Stadium in Vilonia with the Rev. Ken Jordan officiating.

Interment will be at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Holly Springs Cemetery in Star City, the Rev. Dwayne Roper officiating.

A gathering of remembrance will be from 6 to 8:30 p.m. today at Friendship Baptist Church Family Life Center in Vilonia.

Pallbearers are Phillip Nichols, Clay Paul, Scott Maddox, Kevin Mlay, Damon Donnell and Gary Meggs.

Memorials may be sent to the Vilonia Music Department c/o Vilonia Schools.

Arrangements are by Roller-McNutt Funeral Home in Conway.

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