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John F. Pawlak, age 56

John F. Pawlak, age 56, of Ward, Arkansas passed away on Wednesday, March 3, 2021 in Little Rock, Arkansas. He was born on February 17, 1965 to John Pawlak and Linda Zaba Pawlak.

He loved camping, fishing, and NASCAR. John was a big family man, a loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend. He was a member of Old Austin Baptist Church. His pride and joy was his grandson Ryon.

John is preceded in death by his father, John Pawlak; and sister, Kathy Pawlak.

He will be missed by his wife of thirty years, Leann Pawlak; mother, Linda Zaba Pawlak; daughter, Emily McBride (Matthew); grandson, Ryon McBride; sister, Suzanne Sampson; in-laws Curtis and Delores Aldrich; and many more family members and friends.

A Celebration of Life will be held at Old Austin Baptist Church, 50 Old 38 N, Austin, AR 72007, at 2:00pm on Sunday, March 7, 2021.

Services, under the direction of A Natural State Funeral Service, 2620 West Main Street, Jacksonville, Arkansas, 72076. 501-982-3400.



  • Lester E Burrow III Posted March 4, 2021 7:37 PM

    I will miss my dear friend

  • T David Hensley Posted March 4, 2021 10:51 PM

    I enjoyed working with John at American freight ways. Prayers for you all.

  • David Sinnett Posted March 5, 2021 12:38 AM

    You may be gone, but you will never be forgotten. Rest In Peace my friend

  • Glen Synco Posted March 5, 2021 1:48 AM

    Go rest high on that mountain old friend!

  • Glen Synco Posted March 5, 2021 1:51 AM

    RIP old friend!

  • Tony Rush Posted March 5, 2021 6:03 AM

    R I P John

  • Doyle Stewart Posted March 5, 2021 12:55 PM

    RIP John…Wonderful to work with. Praying for the family.

  • David Brynell Posted March 5, 2021 1:26 PM

    I haven’t seen John since high school. When I think of him the adjectives that come to mind are friendly, funny, genuine, upbeat and I am sure he kept those character strengths the rest of his life. RIP fellow paperboy.

  • Veronica Moore-Ballard Posted March 5, 2021 8:04 PM

    While there is no way I can feel your pain, I do feel your loss. Peace & Love to you and your family during this sorrowful time. With fondest memories of John – RIP

  • Donnie Harris Posted March 6, 2021 9:25 AM

    RIP John, going to miss working with John

  • John Howlett, Jr. Posted March 6, 2021 10:38 PM

    I am so sorry to hear of John’s passing. You and your family are in my prayers. May the Lord bring you peace, tranquility, and strength. I really appreciate your detailed updates on John’s treatments. John (we called him JP back in the school days) was a very, very good friend growing up. He was such a happy go lucky guy, and I am very fortunate to have grown up with him in Echo Valley.

  • John Howlett, Jr. Posted March 6, 2021 10:40 PM

    I will see you again someday! Thank you for the great memories. You touched the entire Howlett family. Those were great times growing up with you in Echo Valley. We had a lot of fun. You always wanted to take your car, and it was always an exciting ride. I understand why you enjoyed NASCAR. RIP Buddy!

  • John Howlett, Jr. Posted March 6, 2021 10:42 PM

    Linda and Suzanne,
    It breaks my heart that JP has passed away. May God carry you through your loss.
    JP was such a good friend to me and my family. I remember hanging out with JP at the swimming pool in Echo Valley. I remember spending time at your house as we grew up. We spent time together at my house and cruising all over central Arkansas. When JP saw my red truck at Mom’s and Dad’s house, he would stop and visit. It was always good to see JP. The Howlett family loved JP.

  • Jana Marie Herrington Posted March 7, 2021 9:53 AM

    Yes. Go rest high on that mountain, Pawlak. You were loved by many.

  • Elizabeth Weeks Posted March 8, 2021 6:30 PM

    Leann, I am so sorry for your family’s loss and want you to know that you have my deepest sympathies. John was good people and they seem to be hard to find anymore. Love and prayers.

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