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Thomas Elmo Churchwell

Thomas Elmo Churchwell, 71, of Searcy, passed from this life Sunday, March 10, 2013 at White County Medical Center. He was born November 17, 1941 to the late William Arthur and Amy Irene Calwell Churchwell.

Mr. Churchwell was a member of First Assembly of God in Searcy and retired from Weyerhauser in Little Rock.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by five brothers, J.E. Henderson, Stanley Henderson, William Churchwell, Johnny Churchwell, and Billy Churchwell.

He is survived by his loving wife of 35 years, Lucy Hodges Churchwell; three sons, Jimmy Petty and wife Renee of Searcy, David Churchwell of Judsonia, and Christopher Churchwell and wife Erika of Searcy; one daughter, Jennifer Petty Tate of Searcy; four grandchildren, Josh and William Petty, Kennedi and Brooklyn Churchwell; and one sister, Jeanette Feathers, as well as many other relatives and friends.

The family will receive relatives and friends 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, March 12, at Searcy-McEuen Funeral Home. Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, at First Assembly of God with Pastor Vernon Ables officiating. Burial will follow at White County Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests that donations be made to the American Cancer Society in memory of Tom Churchwell.

Condolences may be left at www.SearcyMcEuenFuneralHome.com

  • Visitation

    March 12, 2013
    6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

    Searcy-McEuen Funeral Home

    2616 S. Main St.
    Searcy, AR
    (501) 279-9300

  • Funeral Service

    March 13, 2013
    2:00 PM

    First Assembly of God

    101 Benton St.
    Searcy, AR

  • Interment

    White County Memorial Gardens

    3305 E. Park Ave.
    Searcy, AR

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We were saddened to read of Thomas' passing. May God bless you and be with you Ms. Lucy and family during this time. Mike and Mary Ann Hancock, Searcy

Posted by Mike Hancock - Searcy - friend   March 16, 2013

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Sorry for your loss of Thomas

Posted by Garry and Marilyn (Cooper) Neal - Griffithville, AR - friend   March 12, 2013

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Sorry to hear about Tom he was a fine man indeed. every time i saw him he was always smiling.

Posted by Dennis Hughes - Griffithville, AR - friend   March 12, 2013

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Lucy and Family,
We are so sorry to hear of Tom's passing. We know that he is at rest with our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Just know that all of you are in our thoughts and prayers. May God give you peace and strength during this time. Love in Christ. Gail & Craig

Posted by Gail & Craig Quattlebaum - Granite Falls, MN - Friend   March 12, 2013

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Super one of a kind man who endured more than all of us crazy ladies could throw at him and never said an unkind word.
Lucy be strong and know he is fine and will be in heaven waiting.

Posted by Kathy Wiseman - Bee Branch, AR - Friend   March 12, 2013

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Lucy, we love you and Papa Tom so much!! It was such a wonderful blessing having both of you take care and help raise Gabe for me the past 3 years. Tom was always so caring and Gabe just thought the world of Papa Tom. He already says he can't wait to see him in heaven. I have so many memories of picking Gabe up and him asleep in Tom's arms. (and Tom asleep too!) I always loved the way he pulled your car out of the car port on rainy days so that I could pull in the car port. He didn't want Gabe to get wet or cold. He was always thinking of others. I always loved how he would bring donuts to the nursery on Sundays at church because he knew Gabe loved donuts. He was always thinking of others. He will be greatly missed!! Please let us know if you need anything. We will always be here for you.

Posted by Missy, Scott, Zach and Gabe Turley - Searcy, AR - Friend   March 12, 2013

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Lucy, you and your family are in our prayers.
Pate & Jeanette

Posted by Pate Pearson - Little Rock, AR - Friend   March 11, 2013

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Praying for you all. I will always remember his kindness. May God wrap his arms of love around you. God bless and keep you.

Posted by Charlie Prince - Bulls Gap, TN - Friend   March 11, 2013

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

My heart breaks of your earthly loss. However There is a hello after goodbye. Prayers and thoughts with you during this time. Love you Mrs. Lucy!!! (and family)

Posted by MELISSA COCKRELL - CLEVELAND, TN - Family Friend   March 11, 2013

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Tom was a very good friend. I really enjoyed knowing him all of these years and the good times we shared together. I really hated seeing him suffer so much the last few months. He was a fine christian man and I know without a doubt, he and Jesus are walking hand in hand. He will be missed but I know he will be looking forward to the day when we can join him.

Posted by Jerry Saunders - Searcy, AR - Friend   March 11, 2013

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM