What is Biological Engineering?

The intricate systems of life are all around us. Plants transform sunlight into energy and food. Water flows through streams and rivers, forming the earth’s circulatory system as it supports life and carries away waste for renewal. New forms of energy are being created from biodegradable products. As a biological engineer, you can learn how to control these systems to improve our health and that of our planet. Biological engineering graduates use knowledge of the natural world combined with engineering in greentech companies, environmental and ecological consulting companies and government agencies to design products and systems that protect the planet and enhance human life. 

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Freddie Fowlkes, age 74, of Vilonia, Arkansas went to be with the Lord Tuesday, August 25, 2020. He was born January 13, 1946 in San Diego, California to the late Aaron and Lorene (Furgerson) Fowlkes.

Freddie was also preceded in death by his brothers, Gerald and Tommy.

Freddie was a faithful member of Friendship Baptist Church in Vilonia. He devoted his life to his family. He served as a leader in the church for many years. Freddie served in the community by serving on the Vilonia School Board, planning commission and as city engineer. He enjoyed traveling with Beverly, being with the grandchildren, pheasant hunting and fishing with the grandkids. Freddie was loved very much by his family and friends who will dearly miss the twinkle in his eyes and unwavering leadership as the head of the family.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 54 years, Beverly; daughter, Elissa McWilliams; son, Brandon (Amy) Fowlkes; six grandchildren, Clay and Cade McWilliams, Brody, Cody, Keeley Fowlkes and Kami Lasley. He is also survived by brothers, Ronnie (Linda) Fowlkes, Johnny (Jackie) Fowlkes; sister, Karon (Jerry) Williams; sister-in-law, Brenda Fowlkes; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be 6:00-8:00PM, Friday, August 28, 2020 at Friendship Baptist Church in Vilonia. The funeral service will be at 10:00AM, Saturday, August 29, 2020 at the Friendship Baptist Church with interment to follow in the Vilonia Cemetery in Vilonia.

If you wish, donations may be made to the Friendship Baptist Youth and Children's Program.

Arrangements are under the direction of Roller-McNutt Funeral Home of Conway.


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