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Ruel Norwood Rothwell

Springfield, MO, 1930 - 2021

Ruel Norwood Rothwell, 90, of Springfield, Missouri, formerly of Benton, peacefully passed away on May 1, 2021, in Springfield, Missouri. He was born on November 11, 1930, in Fordyce, Arkansas, to the late Ruel L. and Theresa Wright Rothwell. Norwood received his education at Pine Bluff High School, Baylor University, and the University of Arkansas School of Pharmacy. He proudly served in the United States Navy from 1951-1955. In 1952, he married Lorraine Walker in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. For many years they owned and operated Rothwell Drug Store in Benton, Arkansas. He also worked for Fred's Pharmacy and the Hot Springs Rehabilitation Hospital. Norwood enjoyed volunteering at clinics in Benton, and was a member of the Kiwanis Club. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Benton.
Norwood was predeceased by his parents, wife, Lorraine Rothwell, daughter, Jackie Montgomer, and sister, Betty Rothwell Gibbs. He is survived by his daughter and son in law, Lori and Jerry Corbett of Springfield, Missouri, two grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
Open visitation will be 8 a.m., Tuesday, May 4, to 12 p.m., Wednesday, May 5, at Ashby Funeral Home. Graveside services will be 3 p.m., Wednesday, May 5, at Pinecrest Memorial Park. Dr. Rick Grant will be officiating. Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, 211 S. Market St., Benton, Ark., 72015. On-line guest book at:

Published May 4, 2021

Ashby Funeral Home
108 West Narroway, Benton, AR
Phone: 501-778-2544