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William (Bill) Allen Shadle, Jr., age 77

William (Bill) Allen Shadle, Jr. passed away peacefully in his Sherwood, Arkansas home on Saturday, September 26, surrounded by his wife and two sons. He was born in England, Arkansas on August 2, 1943 to the late William Allen, Sr. and Myrtle Shadle (Johnson).

He contracted polio as a child, which left him unable to use his legs. After graduating from Little Rock Central High School in 1961, where he was president of Quill & Scroll and editor of the newspaper, he earned a B.S. in Journalism at Arkansas State University. His first professional assignments were as a staff reporter at the Arkansas Gazette, where he worked the police beat. He eventually found his life’s calling in public service and enjoyed a thirty-year career assisting families as an employee of the Social Security Administration. Shortly after retiring, he launched a new career as an office administrator at Arkansas CAMA Technology in North Little Rock. Though an avid writer and vocal advocate for the disabled, his greatest joy was showering love on his wife of forty-seven years, his two sons, and his two grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife Anne (Pye) Shadle, two sons Douglas (Karen) of Louisville, Kentucky and Matthew (Gisella) of Dale City, Virginia; his two grandchildren Avery and Cecily, both of Louisville; three sisters Barbara Potter (James), Carolyn McColey, and Wanda Nobile (Tony); four nephews and many friends and extended family.

Arrangements are entrusted to A Natural State Funeral Service, 2620 West Main Street, Jacksonville, Arkansas.  501-982-3400


  • Carolyn Marsh Posted September 29, 2020 6:10 AM

    Bill will be greatly missed.

  • Leland Smith Posted September 29, 2020 7:41 AM

    I was sorry to read of his passing, I graduated from Central with William in 1961. He and I seemed to hit it off and I always thought highly of him. He always seemed happy and full of life even though all the struggles he endured daily. May God smile on William and give him peace and a new body.

  • Woody and Bob Harrelson Posted September 29, 2020 9:13 AM

    We are so very sorry to hear about your loss. Bill was such a special person to both my father and me. Please know that you are all in our prayers.

    Woody and Bob Harrelson

  • Sharron Clark Posted September 29, 2020 10:20 AM

    So sorry Anne ❤️

  • Libbie Dougan Posted September 29, 2020 10:29 PM

    Anne, Matt, Doug,et al, Please accept my sincerest sympathy, on Bill’s passing. I am asking The Holy Spirit to pour His peace and contentment, comfort and joy, down over you all, like warm honey. Libbie Dougan. AKA. Ginger O’Daniel’s momma. Matt’s classmate.

  • Carolyn Jones Posted September 30, 2020 7:40 AM

    Chuck and I are so sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. Praying for your family.

  • Annette Williams Posted September 30, 2020 12:36 PM

    William and I were students at Lee Elementary and 12 years later graduated from Little Rock Central. I always admired the way he was able to be fully involved in life despite his having polio. He always had a smile and a good outlook. I know he will be greatly missed but fondly remembered. A life well lived. My condolences to his family.

  • Shane and pat Mallonee Posted October 9, 2020 8:42 AM

    I’m so sorry to hear of yours lose just read it my prayers are with the family

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