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P.O. Box 319, 101 N. Second Street
McGehee, AR 71654
Phone: (870) 222-3232
Fax: (870) 222-4801
Flora Belle Smith Stepherson-Hemingway

Flora Belle Smith Stepherson-Hemingway

Thursday, February 10th, 1927 - Tuesday, May 11th, 2021
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Flora Belle Smith Stepherson Hemingway, 94 of McGehee, AR went to be with the Lord on May 11, 2021. She was born February 10, 1927 in McGehee. Flora Belle was preceded in death by her mother Hazel Hampton Cantrell, father Ray Smith and wonderful step-father who raised her Thomas Cantrell. As well as her parents Flora Belle was preceded in death by her husband of 47 years Berlin “Steve” Stepherson and then later in life by a wonderful second husband, Milton “Hot” Hemingway.

In 1945 Flora Belle fabricated her age so that she could enlist in the Waves to do her part to support the USA in WWII. This was typical of her outgoing spirit. If a job needed done, she was ready. Flora Belle worked for Buren Sharpe Building Materials until she retired. Flora Belle was affectionately known as Gran to everyone who knew her and spent her spare time and most of her days in her beloved sewing room. Gran was known for her French handsewing as well as making dance costumes, wedding dresses, prom dresses or just about anything else that she set her mind to. Whenever something needed fixed Gran was the “go to” person.

Gran loved to visit with anyone who would listen and loved the Lord with her whole heart. Flora Belle was life long member of First Baptist Church in McGehee and sang in the choir for many years.

Flora Belle is survived by her son, Tommy (Sandy) Stepherson of Little Rock and daughter Marjorie (Chuck) Day of McGehee; 4 Grand daughters, Camille (Aaron) Keller of Little Rock, Courtney (Danny) Ditmanson of Farmington, Mallory (Michael) Hyatt of McGehee, Sarah (Schantz) Red and 9 Great-grandchildren, Kemp and Cameron Keller, Dayne and Anna Belle Ditmanson, Hazel and Henry Hyatt, Steven, Whitleigh, and Avery Red.

Visitation will be held from 5-7 Thursday, May 13, 2021, at Griffin-Culpepper Funeral Service in McGehee, AR. Funeral Service will be held at the McGehee First Baptist Church Friday, May 14, 2021 at 10:30 with Bro. David Brown and Bro. Rick Miller officiating. Burial will be held at the McGehee Cemetery.

Pallbearers include Aaron Keller, Danny Ditmanson, Michael Hyatt, Schantz Red, Stephen Day, Dustin Day, Kemp Keller, Cameron Keller, and Dayne Ditmanson.

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 133, McGehee, Arkansas 71654.
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  • Visitation

    Thursday, May 13th, 2021 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Thursday, May 13th, 2021 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Griffin-Culpepper Funeral Service MC
    101 N. 2nd St.
    McGehee, AR 71654
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  • Service

    Friday, May 14th, 2021 | 10:30am
    Friday, May 14th, 2021 10:30am
    First Baptist Church
    312 W Seamans Dr
    McGehee, AR 71654
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    Rev. David Brown
    Rev. Rick Miller
  • Interment

    McGehee Cemetery
    Crooked Bayou Rd
    McGehee, AR 71654
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Margaret Shook Gravolet

Posted at 11:11am
I was saddened to hear of your Mother's death - she was such a sweet, dear Lady! You and your family are in my prayers.

Diane Zook

Posted at 09:17am
May the love of God and prayers of friends give you comfort. Randy and Diane Zook

Tamara Cuthbertson

Posted at 12:37am
Tommy and Marjorie, What a delightful lady Mrs. Flora Belle was! She always had a big smile on her face and a pleasant greeting. I know you both along with your families will miss her terribly but take comfort that you will see her again some day in Heaven.
"Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His Saints." Psalms 116:15

In Christ Love,
Tamara Tedder Cuthbertson

Ellen Johnson Posted at 09:08am

Only good memories of Flora Belle. Talented and gracious, she was a friend to all. One of my favorite memories is when her dear mother, Hazel Cantrell, was giving her acceptance speech for the Woman of the Year Honor at the annual McGehee Chamber of Commerce banquet (probably around 1988?) She mentioned the month, day and year of Flora Belle's birth. The entire audience stood and cheered. Flora Belle, of course, ever gracious, laughingly replied to all the good natured teasing with "y'all didn't know I was that young?" Truly beloved by all who knew her because to know her was to love her. Rest in peace, Precious Friend..

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