Flora Belle Smith Stepherson Hemingway, 94, of McGehee 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; her father, Ray Smith; and her wonderful stepfather who raised her, Thomas Cantrell; her husband of 47 years, Berlin “Steve” Stepherson; and 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.
Flora Belle loved to visit with anyone who would listen and loved the Lord with her whole heart. She 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; four granddaughters, Camille (Aaron) Keller of Little Rock, Courtney (Danny) Ditmanson of Farmington, Mallory (Michael) Hyatt of McGehee, Sarah (Schantz) Red; and nine great-grandchildren, Kemp and Cameron Keller, Dayne and Anna Belle Ditmanson, Hazel and Henry Hyatt, Steven, Whitleigh, and Avery Red.
Visitation will be held Thursday, May 13 from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Griffin-Culpepper Funeral Service in McGehee. A funeral service will be held at the McGehee First Baptist Church on Friday, May 14, at 10:30 a.m. with Bro. David Brown and Bro. Rick Miller officiating. Burial will be 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.