OBITUARY SUBMITTED BY:
5800 West 12th Street, Little Rock
Warren E. Faupel
Published: January 2, 2013
WARREN E. FAUPEL, 91, passed away on Saturday, Dec. 30, 2012 at St. Vincent's Hospital in Little Rock.
He was born April 9, 1921 in DeValls Bluff, Ark. He lived there until 1941 when he joined the Army after the attack on Pearl Harbor. Upon his return from service, he moved to Forrest City, where he married Onice Cox in 1946. Together, they raised four children. Warren ran a successful restaurant business in Forrest City until 1985 when he retired. In 1987 he began a second career at Wal-Mart where he worked until 2007. In 2000, his wife, Onice preceded him in death and in 2011, Warren moved to Little Rock to be closer to his family. In December 2011, Warren was honored by his friends in Forrest City with a surprise reception announcing the Warren and Onice Faupel Endowment Fund through the Arkansas Community Foundation.
Throughout his life, Warren was devoted to his family, church and community. During his 65 years in Forrest City, he built a legacy that will be long remembered. Faupel's Drive-In was a landmark for over 30 years. Warren also helped to start the Forrest City Boy's Club, served for 30 years on the board of the St. Francis Area Developmental Center and the Forrest City Housing Authority. He was a lifelong member of the First United Methodist Church and touched many lives for a number of years as a steady and devoted Sunday School teacher. Warren was a man of faith, hard work, keen intellect, good and generous nature and abundant love. He was loved by many, and will be missed by all who had the good fortune to know him.
Survivors include Carol and Allan Mendel of Little Rock, Ron and Bonnie Faupel of Cabot, Catherine and Larry Hobbs of Colt, Susan Frain and Susan Faupel of Springfield, Ill., and all of their children and grandchildren. He also leaves one sister, Ruby Harper of Little Rock.
A memorial service to honor Warren will be held on Friday, Jan. 4, 2013, at 11 at the First United Methodist Church in Forrest City. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to The First United Methodist Church, 101 S. Izard St., Forrest City, Ark. 72335, or the Arkansas Community Foundation, Warren and Onice Faupel Endowment Fund, at 1400 West Markham, Little Rock, Ark. 72201. Arrangements are under the direction of Griffin Leggett Healey & Roth, 5800 W. 12th Street, Little Rock, Ark. 501-661-9111.
Please send Warren's family messages of love and encouragement to his online guestbook www.griffinleggetthealeyroth.com.