Lawrence “Elmo” Samuel September 11, 1918 ~ November 20, 2013

IMG_9359Lawrence Elmo Samuel was born September 11, 1918 in Clifty, Arkansas to Charles and Ada Rodgers Samuel. He was married to Wilma Ruth Moren Samuel in 1946. He is survived by two daughters, Marlene Jeffus and finance Cary Haramoto of Fayetteville, AR and Lea Ann Kirby and husband, Jim of Rogers, AR, grandson, Scott Jeffus, wife, Shaunna and great-grandchildren, Alexa and Samuel of Bentonville, AR; granddaughter, Laura Zeitz, husband, Pete and great-granddaughter, Ellie of Colorado Springs, CO, and sister-in-law, Wilma Samuel of Fayetteville, AR.


Elmo was a veteran of World War II having served as a Staff Sergeant in charge of a mortar squad during the Battle of the Bulge, as well as serving in the Army of Occupation.


Elmo was associated with Coger Drug Store in Springdale as a practical pharmacist where he worked with his brother Clifford Samuel.  Later he joined the United States Department of Agriculture as an inspector. Thirty years with the USDA were spent in Paris, Texas with the Campbell Soup Company.


He was an avid fisherman chasing bass, crappie and trout all his life.  In spite of having lived through 17 presidents and six major wars or conflicts, his trademark was laughter and happiness rather than gloom. Elmo stayed connected in later years with his large group of friends at the Northwest Arkansas Mall where he held court during many birthdays cebebrations. He held the honorary title of Mall Mayor and was always ready to hand out his business card.


Elmo’s spirit of determination and desire to live life to the fullest will be missed but has set an example for many.  A gathering of friends will be from 2~4 Sunday, November 24, 2013 at the funeral home.  Graveside Services will be 10:00 AM Monday, November 25, 2013 at Clifty Cemetery in Clifty, Arkansas. Memorials may be made to Brookstone Assisted Living or animal shelter of choice. Many thanks to friends and caregivers at Brookstone Assisted Living.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Beard’s Funeral Chapel of Fayetteville, AR







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    Kathy Bradford » 22. Nov, 2013

    I consider myself very lucky to have had the priviledge of knowing Elmo. He always had a smile and a good story to tell. He was a kind and caring man and he will be missed by many. I like to think that he will now be able to drive his car again and visit with his many friends. My thoughts and prayers are with your family. Kathy Bradford

    Pat Arnold » 22. Nov, 2013

    I was honored to be a neighbor, for a short time, on Sara Alice Ct. in Elkins. Mr & Mrs Samuels were two very special people.

    Derald & Lesa Bulls » 22. Nov, 2013

    Dear Lea Ann, Jim and family,
    We just wanted you to know we were thinking about you and sending prayers and tender thoughts your way. Having experienced the loss of my father some 28 years ago, you have been so blessed to enjoy his laughter and company for these many years. Will the wonderful memories flood your heart and minds during this difficult times.
    Hugs, my friend.

    LUCILLE TUCKER » 22. Nov, 2013

    I, along with many other Mall Walkers, feel very sad but privileged to write a last farewell to our great friend, Elmo.
    He was the source of great entertainment the minute he sat down, pulled his chair up to the table and started joking. We kidded him about taking slow walks up and down the hall and court. He accepted our jokes graciously, always laughing.
    Our prayers are for those in his family he left behind and want them to know how grateful we were to come to Elmo’s 95th birthday celebration and happy they included us in the Mall.

    Wayne & Patsey Gemar » 23. Nov, 2013

    Our 95 year old “mall walker” friend will very much be missed. Interesting family history. His grandfather, Samuel was a brother to Dr. Samuel, step father to Jesse & Frank James of Missouri. Elmo lived an interesting and productive life. While living in Texas, he and Wilma lived through the Paris tornado. Elma, happy fishing.

    Kathy and Danny Dotson » 23. Nov, 2013

    Mr. Elmo was such an inspiration to all. He always had a smile and loved pretty girls. He was still noticing them at the ripe ole age of 95. I loved that he always dressed so dapper with his mock turtlenecks, loafers and cologne everyday.

    One of Danny’s greatest joy was to drive him to the mall on days when the girls could not. He always wanted to visit and loved seeing his friends at the mall. He called them the “walkers and the loafers.” Danny said he spoke to everyone and never met a stranger.

    Our heartfelt prayers and condolences go to his wonderful family. We have admired the love, respect and unconditional love his daughters have shown to their father. What a blessing to have them in our lives!

    Peace and blessings to all,

    The Dotsons

    Jean & Thurman Kirby » 25. Nov, 2013

    Lea Ann & Jim, We are very sorry that we could not be there with you during this time but we send our love and prayers to you. Elmo was a good friend and mentor to me while we were in Paris. A great man! He will be missed.

    Brookstone Residents and Staff » 25. Nov, 2013

    Elmo was a pleasure to be around and always had a smile on his face. He will be very missed and our thoughts and prayers are with the family.