Howard Franklin Parris, 82, of Lonoke went to be with the Lord on Aug. 25, 2017.


Howard was born May 8, 1935 in Carbon Hill, Ala., and is the son of Edgar Parris and Dorith Files. He grew up in Earl, one of 13 children of a sharecropper. Howard was a retired steelworker, a Christian, and a wonderful father.


He is survived by his sons, Alan and wife Becka, Edgar, Darrell and wife Lucinda, and Mike and wife Tracy, all of Furlow; daughters Cindy and Terry Johnson of Cabot, and Gwen Mayabb of Furlow; 10 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; brother Bucky of Missouri; and sisters Judy of St. Louis and Betty of Illinois.


He was preceded in death by his wife, Anna Belle, daughter Pam Chamness, five brothers and three sisters.


Funeral services were held Monday, Aug. 28 at Smith-Westbrook Funeral Home, with burial in Hickory Plains Cemetery. Arrangements by Smith-Westbrook Funeral Home. www.smithfamilycares.com