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Paul Herbert Willyard, age 78

Paul Herbert Willyard, 78, of Little Rock passed away on October 18, 2020.  He was born on December 27, 1941 in Hartshorne, Oklahoma to the late Herbert Richard and Sylvia Bashia (Bishop) Willyard.

He was an amazing husband, father, grandfather and friend who was a member of Word Aflame Church.  He was a licensed minister with United Pentecostal Church International, NRA member and a member of the local VFW. He loved his God, his family, telling jokes, hunting, fishing and his favorite breakfast coffee and bacon. Paul was an Ironworker; Batchelor of Arts from WestArk College (Ft. Smith); Salesman; Principal and Teacher; Educational Missionary to the Marshall Islands; and mentor to many young men.

He is preceded in death by his sister Lenora Polk; brothers-in-law Rex Polk, Gerry Abshere, Kenneth Cypert and Lowell Person.

Paul leaves behind his loving, wife of over 55 years, Linda Cheryl (Nichols) Willyard; his sons Paul David Willyard (Sandi), Patrick Scott Willyard; Jeffrey Don Willyard (Christina); his adopted son Mike and daughter Trudi Robertson; his grandchildren Seth, Morgan, Teagan, Alex and Lillie; his siblings Betty Person, Mary Edith Cypert and Virginia (Ginia) Abshere; many extended family and friends.

In light of the current health concerns, Paul’s family thanks you for your thoughts and prayers if you are not able to attend the service. Please be aware, as per Arkansas directives, attendance will be regulated in accordance to Arkansas guidelines, all guests in attendance will be required to wear masks/facial coverings and social distancing guidelines will be in place.

Memorial can be made to Word Aflame Church, 7800 I-30, Little Rock, Arkansas

Visitation will be on Friday, October 23, 2020 from 5:00 until 7:00 P.M. at Word Aflame Church, 7800 I-30, Little Rock, Arkansas with funeral services on Saturday, October 24, 2020 at 10:00 A.M. Graveside at 2:00 P.M. at Woodlawn Cemetery, Fort Smith, Arkansas.

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


  • Carolyn McPeake Posted October 22, 2020 9:30 AM

    Cheryl and sons… I am so saddened to hear of the passing from this life of my friend and your loved one. Although it has been many years since we have been in touch, I still consider you to be my friend and I think of you often. I so enjoyed working with you and Paul at the UPC campground in Redfield! It is so good to know that we will get to reunite with Paul on the other side in the eternal life to come! God bless each one of you in your remainder of days! Look toward the reunion to come for we who are alive and remain!!!! Much love and prayers….Carolyn R McPeake

  • Stephanie Harris Posted October 22, 2020 12:36 PM

    LInda, I am so sad to hear of this loss. Please know my prayers are with you and your family.
    Stephanie Harris

  • Lora V Posted October 22, 2020 8:21 PM

    My prayers are with you and your family.

  • Kenneth Farrell Posted October 22, 2020 9:27 PM

    He was a great friend My prayers for the family.

  • Brent Hill Posted October 22, 2020 9:44 PM

    To Sister Willyard, David, Scott, Jeffery and family I’m so sorry for your loss of Bro. Willyard. He was always a pleasure to be around and loved his jokes. I look forward to the day when we will meet again on streets of gold.

  • Robbie and Betty green Posted October 23, 2020 6:08 PM

    So sorry for your loss, your in our prayers . A great man of God who will truly be missed!

  • Rick Van Zant Posted October 24, 2020 9:27 AM

    Paul was a true Friend, Mentor and Teacher. He introduced me to hunting in my youth, a passion that I still enjoy today. More importantly he was a Faithful example to God’s love and service. He will be sorely missed. We pray for comfort and peace to Cheryl, the boys and all those touched by Paul’s life..

  • Linda I Whitledge Posted October 24, 2020 2:31 PM

    Bro. PAUL you will be missed .i will miss your smile and your trying to run away from me when i was running you down at church camp to get me things for the dorms. We had a good time at camp and it was a blast there with you and your beautiful wife . Love you both.and glad to have known you the past 30 years. God bless the family in this time of sending home to Jesus. He has done his job here on earth and has now gain his place on the street of gold and the beauty of Heaven while in awe at the presence of our Almighty God

  • Kelle Jo Willyard-Stahl Posted October 25, 2020 7:03 PM

    I am so sad to hear this news. In all our family gatherings Paul Herbert was among the kindest and always with a smile. He will be missed.

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