Alma Lea Stephens

Alma Lea Stephens, 81, of Conway, passed away on Thursday, Nov. 18, 2010.  

She was born Dec. 2, 1928, to the late Alvie and Laura Hall of Damascus.  

She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Tounz C. Stephens; a daughter, Carol Stephens Daves and husband Velton; and two grandsons, Daniel Cole Daves and David Keith Daves, all of Conway. Alma was the fifth of nine children and is survived by three sisters, Eva Dean Battles and Pauline Weaver, both of Little Rock, and Frances Hall of Conway. 

Her brothers, Roy, Grover, Donald, Earl D. and James Lynn Hall, all preceded her in death.

Alma was a member of the Women’s Circle at Geyer Springs Methodist Church in Little Rock for many years, and she and Tounz recently became members of Salem Methodist Church in Conway.

Alma enjoyed working with her hands. Gardening, sewing and arts and crafts occupied much of her free time since retiring from the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department. She also enjoyed camping and traveling with Tounz, their grandsons, and their many friends. She was a charter member of the Scimitar Clownettes, an organization of women married to Scimitar Shrine Clowns.  

Everyone who knew Alma remembers her as a generous and kind person who always had a jar full of freshly baked cookies or a delicious pie or cake ready for any visitor, along with a cup of coffee or glass of iced tea.

Many of Alma’s nephews will serve as pallbearers. They are David Hall, Steve Weaver, David Stephens, Larry "Jamie" Stephens, Lewis Paul Stephens, Mark Hall, Jeff Stephens, Howard Hall and Eddie Hall.  

Honorary pallbearers are the Scimitar Clownettes.

The end of Alma’s life was made more comfortable by staying in her own home with the help of Baptist Health Hospice, particularly the work of Evelyn Vance, Kitty Waldon and Loretta Keathley. Dorothy Wyles of Clinton provided Alma diligent care through the nighttime hours. Alma and her family were truly blessed to have these wonderful women caring for her, and words cannot fully convey the family’s appreciation.

Gospel music at Alma’s funeral will be provided by Loretta Keathley and members of the Promise Land Singers. A good friend, Dennis Stevens, will share comments about Alma and Tounz. 

Visitation will be 4-6 p.m. Sunday at Roller-McNutt Funeral home.  

The Funeral is scheduled for 10 a.m. Monday at Salem Methodist Church on Salem Road in Conway. 

Interment will be in the veteran’s section of Crestlawn Cemetery in Conway. 

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