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Arkansas businessman, philanthropist Wallace Fowler passes away at 87

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Wallace Fowler

Arkansas businessman and philanthropist Wallace Fowler died on Wednesday, just two weeks after his wife Jama passed.

His obituary on the Emerson Funeral Home website says that Fowler is a native of Manila and spent time serving in the Army before working at Haverty Furniture in Little Rock for over a decade. After his time working as a buyer with Dillard's, he started Fowler Furniture in Jonesboro, selling to customers across the Mid-South, which eventually led to him purchasing multiple KFC franchises and starting Folwer Foods in Jonesboro.

Fowler also invested in multiple banking endeavors including First ban of Arkansas and Liberty Bank - which is now Centennial Bank. He and his wife have also donated to multiple charities, including to A-State which resulted in the Fowler Center.

Visitation is scheduled for Sunday afternoon at 2, with a funeral service set for Monday morning at 10. Both will be at Emerson Funeral Home in Jonesboro.

Wallace Fowler was 87.