Willie Jean Burrall

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On July 2, 2019, Willie Jean Burrall was called home to Jesus after having been a precious blessing to her family and friends for nearly 80 years. Born October 11, 1939, Jean, (as she emphatically preferred to be called), was a woman of sharp wit and quiet, but firm faith in Jesus. She grew in her faith over the years and called upon it frequently. She readily provided a listening ear to anyone who needed it, and gladly shared her faith with anyone who sought to know more. Jean's personality was like a big warm hug; she left everyone with a smile on their face and feeling better about themselves. Jean was born in and graduated high school from Pine Bluff, Ark. She worked the soda fountain at Conery Drugs before going to work at Jimmy's Music Shop. It was there she met and married (the boss), James Burrall. After moving to Little Rock, they raised two well-loved, but precocious children, Randy and Stacy. Jean took great pride in providing a loving home and would tell anyone that would listen that her children, (and later her grandchildren), were her pride and joy. Jean's influence was not only felt in the home. She volunteered at her children's schools and worked briefly as a paraprofessional in a special education classroom at Cloverdale Jr. High helping children learn to read. She later became one of the most beloved employees at Dillard's Park Plaza where she served for over 25 years as PBX Operator and graced shoppers with a beautiful voice in store announcements before retiring. When Jean entered God's kingdom, she was met by her loved ones who had gone before and prepared a place for her: father and mother, Dorsey and Julia Williams; husband, James R. Burrall; and their cherished grandson, David James Burrall. Undoubtedly, after her homecoming celebration, she will begin angel duties of watching over her loved ones still here, including son, Randy and daughter-in-law, Sharon Burrall; daughter, Stacy and son-in-law, Michael Kindervater; her adored granddaughter, Kathryn and husband, Drew Howell; and her sisters, Jeanette (James) Clement, JoAnn Rucker; and Geneva (Larry) Holt. She leaves behind many nieces, nephews, and friends that will miss her as well. If so moved, in lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Jean's memory to either the Alzheimer's Association or the Salvation Army. A visitation will be provided for friends and family from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Friday, July 5, 2019, at Roller Chenal funeral home. Services to celebrate Jean's homecoming will be held 10 a.m., Saturday, July 6, 2019, at Roller-Chenal Funeral Home with interment to follow immediately afterward at Forest Hills Cemetery. Online guestbook:

Published July 4, 2019

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