Colleen Marie Kephart
Published: November 21, 2012
Colleen Marie Kephart, age 72, of Batesville, Ark., left her earthly body on Sunday, November 18, 2012 at the local hospital. She was born at Huff, Ark., on February 11, 1940, to Thearon Ray and Grace Marie Moore. She was a graduate of Pleasant Plains High school, and attended Arkansas College in Batesville. She had served as an executive secretary, but upon return to Independence County she had busied herself as a homemaker, gardener and church volunteer. She was an active member of the Independence Missionary Baptist Church of Pleasant Plains.
Colleen was preceded in death by her father, Thearon (T.R.) Moore. She is survived by her husband of 34 years, George Kephart of the home. Additionally, she is survived by the following: her mother, Grace Marie Moore of Batesville; a daughter, Rexeen Marie Jordan (Mike) of Jonesboro; a son, Ron Lucy (Anna) of Batesville; a stepdaughter, Julie Ann Kephart of Trumansburg, N.Y.; and a stepson, Gary Kephart (Laura) of Ladera Ranch, Calif.;Surviving siblings include: a sister, Vonnie Deal (Don) of Bethany, OK; brothers Covie Moore (Patsy) and Dennis F Moore of Batesville. Additionally, she is survived by five grandchildren, Tyler Lucy, Amber Huff, Christopher Conrad, Michelle Jordan and Michael Jordan, seven great grandchildren and five nieces.
The measure of a life can never be reduced to the specifics of birth, death, ancestors and survivors. Rather, the depth of character, the sweetness of spirit, and kindness of heart are much better indicators. Considering those measurements, Colleen was a giant among individuals and will be dearly missed by all with which she has ever had contact.
Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, November 24, 2012, at 2 p.m., Independence Missionary Baptist Church, Pleasant Plains, with Brad Roberts officiating. Burial will follow at Kyler Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday, November 23, 6-8 p.m., at Qualls Funeral Home, 546 Harrison Street, Batesville, Ark.
Pallbearers will include: Chad Passmore, Jerry Rutledge, Ronnie Smith, Bob Rhew, Wesley Roberts, and Sherwin Meharg, Honorary pallbearers are: Glen Gordon and Rick Gray.
In lieu of flowers, one may contribute to the charity of your choice, Independence Missionary Baptist Church, Pleasant Plains, or to the Kyler Cemetery Maintence Fund, c/o Laura Guth, 4010 Batesville Blvd, Batesville, Ark. 72501.