Powell Anderson Shockley Jr., 86, of Stuttgart passed away Friday, July 31, 2020.
P.A. was born Dec. 28, 1933, in Lincoln County. He was preceded in death by father, Powell Anderson Shockley Sr.; mother, Geneva Shockley; sister, Frances Maxwell; and brother, Dean Shockley.
Survivors are his wife, Joyce Shockley; son, Dean Shockley and wife Julia; daughter, Tammy Smith and husband Terry; step-daughter, Meredith Lovett and husband Hal; grandsons, Preston Shockley, Luke Shockley and Zack Smith; and step-grandchildren, Rachel Ferraro, Barrett Jackson, Farris Jackson, Joshua Walker and Madison Walker.
P.A. attended Star City High School and the University of Arkansas at Monticello graduating from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville with a degree in agriculture. After college, he was in the United States Army and later the Arkansas National Guard.
He began his agricultural career at the University of Arkansas Research Center in Kelso, and later worked at the Rice Research Center in Stuttgart as a research specialist in soil fertility, until he retired after 41 years.
P.A. was a deacon at Southside Baptist Church and he loved his church family.
He had many hobbies and interests. He loved watching St. Louis Cardinals baseball. Quail hunting was his passion, though. He and his best friend, Carroll Evans, hunted, guided, traveled to and judged many field trials, and made many great memories together. He was also a runner.
In the year 2000, P.A. developed prostate cancer. He recovered fully and even continued running, sometimes several miles a day. In 2003 he was chosen as the honorary chairman for Stuttgart’s Relay for Life.
P.A. was a lifetime member of Master Gardners, and a wild flower enthusiast. His last years were spent in his beautiful yard taking care of his beloved roses and wildflowers.
The family would like to thank the doctors and nurses at Baptist Health in Little Rock and Stuttgart, especially Dr. Eddy Hord. Also thank you to Fox Ridge Chenal and Arkansas Hospice.
Graveside services, officiated by Bro. Gregg Greenway, will be 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at Lone Tree Cemetery. Viewing will be 12-5 p.m. Monday and 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday at Turpin Funeral Home.
The family requests memorials to Southside Baptist Church, P.O. Box 424, Stuttgart, Ark., 72160; or Pass On Joy, 1920 S. Main, Suite 107, Stuttgart, Ark. 72160.