of Harrison, AR
December 5, 1956 - November 16, 2023
Leonard Houston McElroy, age 66, of Harrison, died Thursday, November 16, 2023, at Washington Regional Medical Center in Fayetteville, Arkansas. He was born December 5, 1956, in Marshall, Arkansas, the son of Leonard W. and Cozette Ena (Ruff) McElroy. He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother-in-law, Jimmy Felts; his niece, Tanya Bush; his father-in-law, Thomas Von Foresee and his brother-in-law, Garry Foresee.He is survived by his wife, Judy (Foresee) McElroy; his son and favorite daughter-in-law, Tyler and Kristy (Beaver) McElroy; three granddaughters, "Sugar Pop" Ollie Leah McElroy, "Punkin" Emma Grace McElroy and "Shorty" Lena Cozette McElroy, all whom he loved dearly. He is also survived by his sisters, Deanna Felts, Lavina Grandon and husband, Lester and Sandy Collins and husband, Homer; his mother-in-law, Loretta Stackhouse Foresee; his brothers-in-law, Mark E. Foresee and wife, Doris, Dwayne Foresee and Karen Foresee; his uncle, Bob Ruff and wife, Linda and all his nieces, nephews and cousins too numerous to list.Houston had worked the family farm with his parents while attending Valley Springs School. He attended C of O College and NAC until he needed to help his parents full-time with the farm. He then went to work for AP&L for 17 years. In April of 1978, he met Judy Foresee. He was shocked that she knew about fox hunting and several dates were spent listening to the dogs run. He married her on September 3, 1978, and together they worked to build their lives, in 1986 they welcomed their son, Tyler. Houston was so happy to have a son to hunt with and show him all the things his parents taught him; from hunting and showing foxhounds to showing cattle in 4-H, to baseball. Family traditions, decorations, and the food he cooked for holidays, he loved every minute. When his job at AP&L ended, he received his welding certificate and also drove a bus for Valley Springs School. He went on to work for Johnson Plastics; Cattlemen's Livestock Auction and the fertilizer and feed store. He also worked for Pace Industries until he retired in September of 2022. He was so excited to judge field trials with Walter McElroy and the rest of the guys; the people he was meeting and he loved them all. He couldn't wait for Judy to retire and go with him.The most important part of Houston's life was his faith journey. He was saved at a young age and had talked about preaching at one point. He loved the Lord and as everyone knows, sometimes the seasons change, "the how come this, the why that," questions. All through his life Houston would touch someone's life and they his. A group of men he worked with at Pace had morning prayer meetings, strengthening and encouraging each other. When going to the field trials, he met men who preached and encouraged each other; then his sisters and family, meeting and praying for each other and the issues each was going through. He started writing Facebook posts on February 26, 2023, each morning encouraging people until his last post on Sunday, November 12, 2023. He said it took him two hours to type. He pointed at letters for us to spell out sentences and he told us before he left, ''I am saved, I have already won." He was ready.Visitation was on Tuesday, November 21, 2023, at Roller-Christeson Funeral Home.The graveside service was on Wednesday, November 22, 2023, at Silver Hill Cemetery.Family and friends served as pallbearers.
Sorry we had to miss Houston’s visitation. You all have been constantly in my thoughts. Houston lived life big while he was able and left many footprints. May the memories and prayers carry you all. Gary & Sarah
Judy I am so sorry to learn of Houston’s passing. I am very glad I got to see you all recently. Know I am sending love and prayers to you and your family??????
May God's grace and love fill the void as only He can do. A mighty fine man and a wonderful family to carry on his legacy. My love and care to all.Cheri Beaver
Judy I am so sorry for you and your families loss. May our God and Saviour give you peace and comfort at this time according to His rich grace and mercies.
I'm so sorry to hear the news. I grew up with him and spent a lot of time with him hunting, fishing, and playing football, basketball, and baseball with him, his dad, and Lester. He was a good man in every way. My prayers for strength are with Judy and the family.
Gonna miss you buddy….we have shared some life…..hugs to Judy and family
Dearest Judy, I am so sorry for you and your family loss. Every time we meet Houston at the store he was always encouraging us. I know he ment the world to Jason and he helped him so much. I love you dear friend ??
I will miss Houston immensely. There will be a void in my life. Until we meet again.
Prayers for Houston's family and hunting family. Enjoy his post every morning.
Houston will be missed. Prayers for the family .