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Derl Gene Howerton

Derl Howerton, 74, of Elm Springs, Arkansas passed away Wednesday, May 11, 2022.


Derl was born on November 11, 1947, in Compton, Arkansas. He was a son of Cecil Troy Howerton and Willard Minerva Cline Howerton. He married Kathy Lynn Suratt on April 7, 1984, in Springdale. Derl attended Barber College in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and after a short period owned and operated the King’s Den Barber Shop for a total of 48 years that was first located on Emma St. in Springdale, which he later relocated to a shop on South 48th St. He became the Music Minister for Fellowship Baptist Church in 1999-2005, and then Berean Baptist Church in 2006-present, where he was very active, including doing any maintenance that needed done.  Derl loved working and restoring old classic cars, as well as fixing anything else that others thought could not be repaired. He assisted his wife Kathy in her Interior Design Business with delivery, set up and assembly of anything she needed. Derl loved a good bargain and spent many hours combing through Craigslist seeing what was available regardless of how many he already owned, or who he thought needed something. He served with Honor in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War.


He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Melvin Howerton.


He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Kathy Howerton of the home; two sons, John Michael Howerton of Elm Springs and Aaron Paul Howerton of Rogers; one daughter Sarah Michelle Berrios and Husband Michael of Springdale; two brothers, Milford Howerton of Clyde, Ohio, and Don Howerton of Springdale; one sister, Sharon Rose of Hiwasse, Arkansas; six grandchildren, Carter Berrios, Xander Berrios, Aria Berrios, Graham Price, Hudson Price and Zeppelyn Howerton; along with many other family members and friends.


Visitation for Derl will be held on Sunday, May 15, 2022 from 5-7 p.m..



Funeral Services will be held on Monday, May 16, 2022 at 2 p.m. at Backstrom Pyeatte with Brother Larry Banks officiating. Burial will be in the Elm Springs Cemetery in Elm Springs, Arkansas.


Backstrom~Pyeatte Funeral Home of Springdale has been entrusted with the arrangements. To sign online guestbook please go to www.backstrom-pyeatte.com.

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I always had a great time whenever I ran into Derl. Maybe it was holding the drill or hammer while he put up some blinds in our house or talking about the times my mom made me go straight back into his barbershop to get some more hair taken off, but what a time we would have. He would laugh at me, then I would laugh at him. Derl was a great man and I will miss carrying on and laughing with him.

Tim Baker May 18 2022 9:44 PM

Kathy and family: We are so sorry for your loss! Derl was always such a nice, friendly guy and we will be lifting you up in prayer.

Doug and Linda Miller May 15 2022 12:39 PM

Went to church with Derl at a young age, He sang at my wedding in 85. We always had young adults at our grandmas and grandpas house one out of a lot of fun times we had watermelon and the next morning my mother got up and ask us why was there watermelon seeds on the cabinets and on top of the refrigerator we had a watermelon seed fight I’m sure we know who started it, anyway he wasn’t there so guess who got blamed. so many good memories he will be missed. So sorry for your loss. You all are in our thoughts and prayers

Shirley Fennell (Hollowell) May 14 2022 9:08 AM

derl was a great friend.he will be missed.he was a good sunday school teacher.i have known him and kathy for a long time.love you my friend.debbie(wheeler) forkner

debbie forkner May 13 2022 1:45 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Derl Howerton

debbie forkner May 13 2022 1:41 PM