Arthur Louie Devereux
- DIED: February 20, 2009
- LOCATION: Arkansas
Mr. Arthur Louie Devereux age 87, formerly of both Widener and Forrest City, Arkansas, died on Friday, February 20, 2009 at the Willow Bend Nursing Home in Marion, Arkansas.
Mr. Devereux was born March 20, 1921 in the Newcastle Community. He was the son of Stephen Alfred and Hugh Ella Hamilton Devereux. He was the sixth of their seven children and was preceded in death by four sisters; Katherine Morgan, Louise Armstrong, Frances Harris and Elizabeth Smith and two brothers Hugh Devereux and Samuel Alfred Devereux all of St. Francis County.
Mr. Devereux is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Frances Eppes Devereux of the Willow Bend facility in Marion; two daughters, Amie Katherine Devereux and husband Lloyd "Buddy" Barnett of Widener, Fran Devereux Smith of Peyton, Colorado; a son, Arthur Louie Devereux Jr. of Cherry Valley, Arkansas; many grandchildren and many great grandchildren. Mr. Devereux is also survived by several much beloved nieces and nephews and many former riding students, his other children. His laughter will be missed.
Mr. Devereux was a graduate of Forrest City High School where he gained state recognition for his work in the Future Farmers of America. He attended Jonesboro State College in Jonesboro, Arkansas and served his country as a Pharmacist Mate Petty Officer in the United States Navy during World War II. Mr. Devereux was a life long Methodist, a Sunday school youth teacher and My 4 sponsor at the Round Pond Methodist Church in Round Pond, Arkansas where he was Sunday School Superintendent and member of the board. He held membership in the Hughes Rotary Club and was a past president, the St. Francis County Farmers Association, past president and incorporating member, and a member of the Arkansas State Horse Show Association Board. Also the Farm Bureau, the N.E.C.A. Horseshow Association and worked with the Crowley Ridge Saddle Club. He was affiliated with several other horse related organizations and participated in the 1976 Bicentennial Wagon Train Pilgrimage.
Mr. Devereux was a planter, cattleman and horse trainer, originator of annual trail rides in the region and suggested the idea that his old swimming hole and surrounding area, Village Creek, might make a nice park.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday February 25, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Forrest City with burial to follow at Mt.Vernon Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 at the funeral home Tuesday. The family request memorials be made the First United Methodist Church Youth in Forrest City. Visit online registry at Stevensfuneralhome.net. Under the direction of Stevens Funeral Home.