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Roy Dean Norvell

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Roy Dean Norvell, age 82 of Rogers, Ark., passed away on December 20, 2022, in Rogers. He was born September 20, 1940, in Harrison to Clifton and Marie Walker Norvell. Roy graduated from Bergman High School. He served four years in the Air Force as a military policeman stationed in Topeka, Kansas, and the Bermudas. After his service, he went on to receive his Bachelor of Political Science from Arkansas Tech University while working three jobs including Deputy Sheriff in Pope County and raising three small children. He started his education career as the principal at Dover. He later became superintendent of Alpena Schools while attending night school to receive his Master of Political Science with a specialist degree in education administration from UofA. He then served as superintendent at Valley Springs. He ran for Boone County sheriff in 1978 and served two terms. He later was superintendent of Pea Ridge and retired in 2002. He was a Mason and member of Kiwanis, and enjoyed fishing, playing golf, and reading, he was a history buff. A lifelong Razorback fan, he loved all sports and attended as many games as he could. He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Victor and Rhonda Norvell; daughter, Kathryn Ann Norvell; granddaughter, Chelsea Hand; brother, Richard Norvell; sisters and brothers-in-law, Emma and Terry Carson, and Elaine and Ben Thompson; nephews, Brett and Cole Thompson; brother-in-law, Ernie McElroy and sister-in-law Susie and Joel Keeter; nephew, Tyrell Keeter. He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Lily Jo McElroy Norvell; and his second wife, Carolyn Poe Norvell; and son, Anthony Norvell. Graveside services are 2 p.m. Thursday at Maplewood Cemetery. Visitation is 5-7 p.m. Wednesday at Roller-Christeson Funeral Home. Pallbearers are family and friends. Honorary pallbearers are the communities he served and the students whose lives he impacted. Online guestbook: www.rollerfuneralhomes.com/harrison

Published December 28, 2022