Former Hog co-captain Roth dies

By: Bob Holt
Published: Friday, August 22, 2014

Jim Roth, a co-captain on Arkansas' 1954 Southwest Conference championship team affectionally known as the "25 Little Pigs," died Thursday at Hillcrest Nursing Home in Harrison. He was 81.

Roth, a Stuttgart native, played tackle and was a three-year starter for Arkansas from 1952-1954. As a senior, he helped the Razorbacks to an 8-3 record and Cotton Bowl berth against Georgia Tech after Arkansas had gone 3-7 in 1953.

Roth helped Stuttgart High School win a state football championship in 1949.

After graduating from Arkansas, Roth worked in management for JC Penny Company in Little Rock, New News, Va., and Pine Bluff and then was co-owner of a clothing store in Harrison.

Visitation for Roth will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday at First Christian Church in Harrison. A Celebration of Life service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at the church.

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