It is with warm hearts and fond memories that we honor the following people who have given so much to the AFA.

Mary Robertson — Mother to Robert Robertson AIFD, CFD, AMF, Past president of AFA and owner of Expressions Flowers, Fort Smith

Bill Plummer AIFD — Founding member of the American Institute of Floral Designers (AIFD), Founding member and long-time Secretary/Treasurer of the Arkansas Florists Association (AFA)

Thelma Gaston — Mother to Jack Gaston (Southern Wholesale) and Jim Gaston (River Valley Floral Distributors)

Shelby Shy, AAF — 2018 AFA President, Shirleys Flowers, Rogers
Brandon Red — Southern Wholesale, son to Michelle Red, Board Member, Benton
Corrine Shepherd — Wife to Albert Shepherd, Past President, Co-owner of Shepherd’s Flowers, Pine Bluff
Bige Wray — Husband to Lisa Wray, Past President and Co-owner of Carren’s Flowers, Searcy
Shirley Lovett — AFA member and Owner of Unique Florist, Alma
Ron Winkle — Arkansas Florists Association photographer, Bryant

Sue Dell Black — 1956 AFA President
Raymon Caple — former AFA board member, 1993 AFA President
William “Bill” Cole — former owner, Accent Flowers and Gifts, Fort Smith
Bobbi Blatchford Ecker — AFA Convention Commentator
Nick Schembra CFD — Flowers and Home, Benton


Bea Leonard — Green With Ivy, Fort Smith
Haroldean Wilson — 1990 AFA President
John Purdy — 1971 AFA President
Pat Haering — 1980 AFA President
Garlene Lewis — AFA Website Editor; served on many committees
Norman Caldwell — Benton Floral Design, Benton
Debbie Parsons — Parson’s Wholesale, Searcy
George McCool — June Owen’s father
Patrick Owen — June Owen’s son


Walter Larsen — Brian Larsen’s father, Lance Larsen’s grandfather
Lou Cook AIFD — 1989 AFA President; started the Arkansas Master Florists program; served on many committees, namely Education