Prominent Little Rock ad man Wayne Cranford has died at the age of 87.
Cranford was one of the founders of the advertising firm CJRW. He founded Cranford Johnson in 1961 with Jim Johnson and helped usher the world of advertising into the modern age.
He was born in 1933 in Bald Knob and later obtained a journalism degree from Arkansas State Teachers College in Conway (now University of Central Arkansas).
Originally Cranford Johnson, the firm evolved into Cranford Johnson Robinson and later into Cranford Johnson Robinson Woods.
Cranford was a 2012 inductee of the Arkansas Business Hall of Fame.