The co-owner of the MH fast food restaurant has died


Jama Fowler (Photo courtesy of Emerson Funeral Home)

A woman, whose business ventures with her husband include a fast food restaurant in Mountain Home, has died. According to Arkansas Business, the family of Jama Fowler, 85, of Jonesboro, announced his passing last week.

Jama Fowler met her husband, Wallace, in 1953 while he was an Army soldier stationed at Fort Smith. Wallace Fowler worked at two retailers in the Little Rock area before the couple bought his aunt’s furniture store in Jonesboro. The Fowlers purchased other small furniture stores in the area, and in 1965 they began purchasing KFC franchises, including the Mountain Home location. At one point, Fowler Foods, Inc. owned over 90 KFC locations and was the fourth largest franchisee in the nation.

The Fowlers were also prominent members of the Arkansas banking industry. Over the years they have run and sold Citizens Bank of Bentonville, North Arkansas Bancshares, Inc., Southwest Bancshares, and Liberty Bancshares, Inc.

Jama and Wallace Fowler were also known for their support of the University of Arkansas and Arkansas State University. Their donations included money for baseball and track training centers at the U of A and the Fowler Center for Performing Arts at A-State.

Jama Fowler is survived by her husband and their three sons, Wallace Jr., Chris and Mark.

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