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Walter D. England

Friday, January 12, 2007

Born 10-10-1919 -- Died 1-2-2007

Walter D. England, 87, of Beebe, Ark., died Jan. 2, 2007.

He was born Oct. 10, 1919, the third of nine children of Marion and Dora Hall England at Elm Store, Ark., just south of the Missouri line.

His 42 years in the field of education were spent in that area of Missouri and in Arkansas. He started his career right out of high school in a one-room school and progressed to principal, school superintendent and retiring as the dean (chancellor) at ASU-Beebe.

He considered teaching to be a calling and was always a promoter of education.

He established the England Challenge Scholarship at ASU-Beebe, where the Math-Science Building has been named in his honor.

His interests beyond education included his hobby of Pinzgauer cattle and volunteer work at White County Medical Center.

Eight of his siblings were in the teaching field.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Louise Horner England; three daughters, Cindy Wright and Abbie Covington (Larry) of Beebe, teachers in Beebe Public Schools, and Janie Byard of Vilonia; seven grandchildren, Tasha Clark, Diana Porter of Grants Pass, Ore., Carissa Gullett of Vilonia, Jason Byard, Mackenzie Kooyer and Malorie Covington of Beebe and Marcus Covington of New York; 12 great-grandchildren; three brothers, Dr. Noah England and Gordon England of Missouri, and Dr. Daniel England of Magnolia, Ark.; and a sister. Lula Lamere of Alton, Ill.; and many loyal friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Hanford England, Dr. David England, Clifford England; and one sister, Ella James.

The funeral services were held Jan. 4, at Beebe First Baptist Church, with burial in Meadowbrook Memorial Gardens.

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, 101 Highway 64, Beebe, AR 72012, or to the England Challenge Scholarship at ASU-Beebe, P.O. Box 1000, Beebe, AR 72012. www.westbrookfuneralhome.com