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Ovid Ellis Morphew, Jr.

In Loving Memory: Ovid Ellis Morphew, Jr.

It is with heavy hearts and profound sadness that we announce the passing of Ovid Ellis Morphew Jr. He was born on February 18th, 1947, in Big Fork, Arkansas, as the eldest son of Helen Matthews and Ovid Ellis “Cowboy” Morphew. Surrounded by family, he passed on January 27th, 2024, in Mena, Arkansas, after an optimistic and seemingly fearless battle against kidney cancer.

Ovid was a true patriot. He served in the US Navy during the Vietnam War and became a veteran by his early 20s. Following his military service, he built a successful career as a life safety designer and businessman, founding, owning and operating Design Systems Group from 1994 until retiring and selling his business in 2018. He leaves an indelible mark on those he worked with and the industry he served.

Beyond his professional achievements, Ovid will be remembered as a generous, kind-hearted family man who touched the lives of many. His love for his family knew no bounds, and he leaves behind cherished memories for his children: Alexandra Morphew, Raven Morphew, Abigail Morphew, and Lisamechelle LaLonde. His younger brother, Roger, his half-brothers Audie, Carl and Roland Morphew, and his half-sister Debbie Morphew, also survive him.

Ovid had a passion for the simple joys of life. He was an avid gardener, birdwatcher and nature enthusiast. He found solace and joy in nurturing the earth, creating beautiful landscapes, and quietly observing the fruits of his labor. Ovid was also an exceptionally skilled bowler who achieved a perfect game in 2015 and an 800 series in 2020.

As we say our goodbyes, let us remember the joy he brought into our lives, the love he shared, and the legacy he leaves behind. May his soul find eternal peace, and may his memory continue to inspire us to face life with the same integrity, generosity and fearlessness that defined his journey.

The memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 3rd, 3pm at the Sugar Creek Lodge Chapel, located at 135 Polk County Rd 602, Mena, AR 71953.

In lieu of flowers, live plants may be sent to honor Ovid’s passion for nature.

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