Louis Frank Haywood

Louis Frank Haywood, 78, of Conway, passed away March 18, 2016.

He was born November 17, 1937, in Heber Springs to Carthel and Margie Haywood.

He was a retired naval officer of 22 years. Frank graduated cum laude from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock with a degree in finance. He returned to school at the University of Central Arkansas to attain a degree in education with a focus in physics, chemistry and general science. He retired from teaching in the Dardanelle school system and then returned to teaching physical science in Conway for another four years.

Frank loved his animals. His dogs were so special to him, a friend once told him, "When I die, I want to come back as a Haywood Dog."

He is survived by his wife of 29 years and 8 months, Sherry Ragan Haywood; a stepson, Perry Henry of Morrilton; a grandchild, Austin Henry (Laken) and great-grandson, Harrison Henry, of Little Rock; a sister, Cartheleen (Bob) Houston of Hot Springs; a brother, Henry (Kay) Haywood of Sherwood; two nephews, Louis Odom and Michael Odom; a niece, Jerri Lyn Odom; special cousins, Jim Morton, Kay Morton (Larry) Sparks, Beth (Joe) Burton and Harry (Gail) Morton; and by special dog, Spice.

Cremation arrangements are by Griffin Leggett Funeral Home in Conway. No services scheduled at this time.

The family would like to thank Arkansas Hospice, Heritage Living Center and his staff at Heritage. Memorials may be made to local Conway animal shelters.

Online guestbook is available at www.griffinleggettconway.com.

Perry Henry, Frank’s stepson, posted the following on Facebook:

To friends. Louis "Papa Frank" Haywood died this morning in Conway, Arkansas after some months of declining health. For those who don’t know, Frank had a long and distinguished career in the US Navy where he entered just out of high school at the bottom rung and retired a 1st Lieutenant Commissioned Rank I think. It was a rather big achievement I’m told. He was in Key West and very close to the goings on of the Cuban Missile Crisis and on a ship during The Vietnam Conflict. He sailed into SF Bay before.

After a full career in the Navy he attended UALR and earned a Bachelor degree in Finance. Unsatisfied with the work, he went to UCA and earned a degree in Physics and a teaching certificate. It was about this time he and my mom met.

Frank became a high school science teacher and taught about 15 years in Arkansas public schools.

Frank had the gift of gardening and had awesome gardens every year. He used his science expertise to make some awesome wines and beer. I will speak on this another time. His wine won an award too.

Frank fiercely loved dogs and wildlife. He rescued and raised strays that seem to find their way to his and mom’s rural home.

Frank deplored "small talk" in place preferred to talk ideas, gardening, building. He kept a focus on doing, helping, or serving some good.

I had much admiration for him throughout the years and he influenced me in many positive ways. I valued his observations, and he never ever, made you uncomfortable with being yourself. He had strong opinions, but kept them in their place. If you took interest, he would share his knowledge.

Beyond his love for my mom, his grandson Austin was the rising sun! Frank was always there, loved every moment they had. He lived up to the "Papa Frank" name.

His absence in our lives will be deeply felt.

Finally, Frank had this great, snide raw sense of humor with his comments. That part of him was there when other parts were not. He was a live and let live man in person. Never perfect or always appropriate, but somehow poignant and relevant.

Sail on Mr. Haywood. In Love and Honor, carry on, beyond!