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Lola Marie Kumpe

of Mabelvale, AR, 1924 - 2019

Lola Marie Kumpe. On the 1st day of August our beloved Miss Lola went home to be with the Lord. She was the daughter of the late Christopher C. Kumpe and Effia Pritchard Kumpe. She was predeceased by five brothers, and one sister. Lola taught school many years for Pulaski County Special School District. She was a graduate of Arkansas State Teachers College (now U.C.A.), and did graduate work at the University of Arkansas and U.C.A. In the fall of 1958, a series of programs entitled "Parents Should Know" was presented on KARK, channel 4, and Lola was selected to present the second grade program. After the program aired, she received many letters ... one special letter was from a college professor that she had taken courses under at A.S.T.C. (now U.C.A.O. It was very special to be remembered by such an outstanding educator. Many college students did their practice teaching under Lola's supervision. She had lasting friendships with many of these students. In 1966, Lola was selected to present a program on the techniques used in spelling. The program was presented at Little Rock Public Library. Lola was an amazing teacher who made her students feel special and loved. A new program was started in 1973 called "Instructional Specialist". Lola was asked to apply, but after going for the interview, decided that she preferred to remain as a classroom teacher. She joined Olive Hill Missionary Baptist Church in 1935, and was baptized in the most beautiful stream of water. The water was so clear, you could see the white gravel on the bottom of the creek bed. In 1962, she became a member of First Missionary Baptist Church in Mabelvale. She remained a member until she passed away. Her life was her church. She started teaching Sunday School for children at 16 in her little country church. In her adult years she taught a class of women for several years at First Missionary Baptist Church in Mabelvale. She worked in Vacation Bible School, sang in the choir and was active in Golden Agers. She also was a member of Kappa Kappa Lota, Alpha Chapter, a 61 year member. She was a member of Pulaski County Retired Teachers Association and a lifetime member of the PTA. She is survived by many nieces and nephews. In recent years, Lola kept busy. Each day found her writing cards and newsy letters to family and friends, including one college friend of 65 years. She also mailed out church bulletins on Monday mornings to shut-ins and absentees. She read uplifting books and the daily newspaper from which she clipped articles to send out-of-town friends and relatives. Her recall of people and events was amazing. Lola will forever be remembered for the unselfish and devoted love for her family. The family would like to extend a sincere thanks to Stuart, Winnie, Diane, Carolyn, Lisa and Debbie for their excellent help and love bestowed upon Miss Lola. They made it possible for her to live at home longer. All former students will be honored at her funeral.
Memorials may be made to the First Missionary Baptist Church, P.O. Box 126 Mabelvale, Ar. 72103 or to the Olive Hill Cemetery, 15001 N. Sardis Rd. Mabelvale, Ark. 72103. Services will be held on Saturday starting at noon for the visitation, and the funeral service will begin at 1pm at First Missionary Baptist Church, 10300 Mabelvale West Rd., Mabelvale, Ark. Brother Roy Polk will be officiating the service. To sign the online guestbook, click "Add A Memory" at:

Published August 3, 2019

Griffin Leggett Healey & Roth
5800 West 12th Street, Little Rock, AR
Phone: 501-661-9111