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Opal Lee Clouette

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Published: February 20, 2011

Opal Lee Cheatham Clouette born Nov. 20, 1926, to William and Rosa Lee Buck Cheatham, Opal Lee went home to be with her Lord on Feb. 18, 2011, at 11 a.m. She suffered debilitating cardiac disease, diabetes, and painful back problems, and was preceded into Glory by her parents, her siblings and their spouses: sister, Dorothy (Pete) Riley; brothers, Jarrett, Eddie (Jodie), and George (Lorraine) Cheatham, and, of course, her beloved husband, Eli. She was also preceded by great-grandson, Zachary Herndon; step-grandson, Frank Walla, and step daughter, Peg Wofford. What a happy reunion that must be! She leaves to mourn, her daughters, TerriLynne (Larry) Walla of Poyen, Brenda (Randy) Littles of Scott City, Kan.; sons, Tom (Kim) of Sherwood and Eli Clouette, Camden, and beloved stepson, Gene (Charlotte) Clouette, Amarillo, Texas. Blended grandchildren include: Kristina Allen, Neb., City, Neb., Jonathan (Miranda) Allen, Little Rock, Joe (Jennifer) Herndon, Sheridan, Marshall (Patti) Herndon, Scott City, Kan., T.J.(Maddie) Clouette of Ward, Nicole (Ryan) Longo, New Orleans, La., Megan (Jeremiah) Allen, Camden, J.R. (Jaqlyn), Tommy Littles, Poyen, Shaw (Melissa) Wofford, Lubbock, Texas, Kelly (Ron) Gill, Maine, Randy (Gail) Clouette, Othelo, Kan., and her best buddy, Matthew (Laura Lee) Herndon, Scott City, Kan. From his very beginning, he and she were cohorts and close allies; he will ever feel his loss but take solace in knowing he brought her much joy. She also leaves behind twenty great grandchildren, one great, great grandchild and a host of friends and family. A retired nurse from the Veterans Administration Hospital and a member of Apostolic Church, North Little Rock, fifty-plus years; she was quick to let you know how God had sustained and kept her and hers over the years. Widowed at a young age, she reared her children in the fear and admonition of the Lord, and remained their spiritual matriarch through the years. Any crisis evoked a "Mama, pray" call or visit; and true to form, she could always touch Heaven in our behalf. We KNOW her prayers kept us from harm's way many, many times, and her prayers and worn out knees led each of us back into His service. Thank God for a praying mother! "Therefore, we are always confident, knowing that, while we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord: (for we walk by faith, not by sight). We are CONFIDENT, I say, and WILLING rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord". These scriptures will sustain us in the days and years to come. Visitation will be Sunday from 3 to 5 p.m. at Griffin-Leggett Funeral Home (5800 West 12th Street, Little Rock). Funeral services will be held Monday, Feb. 21 at 1 p.m. at the funeral home as well. Interment following at Landmark Cemetery, Landmark Baptist Church, Little Rock with Rev. Donnie Copeland officiating.

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