Frances Annette James

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Frances Annette James, was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and sister. She left this world on May 4, 2022, after a long battle with Alzheimer's and a brief but courageous fight with cancer. She was born on August 22, 1942, in Carlisle, Ark., to Richard and Myrl Carpenter. After graduating from high school, she attended Central Baptist College in Conway, Arkansas, where she obtained an associate's degree. Frances moved to the big city Little Rock after college and worked at the governor's office for then governor Winthrop Rockefeller. During this time, she frequently couriered her younger sisters, Sherri and Glenda, to Little Rock from Carlisle, taking them shopping and showing them the sights. It was in Little Rock, while working at Retail Credit with Betty Griffis (nee James), that she met her future husband, Ray James (Betty's brother), one stormy night. After 10 years off and on, they finally decided to marry on May 7, 1972, the best decision Ray ever made. Frances died just three days shy of what would have been their 50th wedding anniversary. She was wonderful with children and with Ray had three kids that she cherished. Frances worked for 35 years as a surgery scheduler at St. Vincent Infirmary and Baptist Medical Center before retiring in 2006. She then spent several years taking art classes at UALR, taking trips to see her beloved kids and grandkids, and making the best thanksgiving dressing that, despite their best attempts, her children will never be able to recreate. She was a self-taught pianist and amazing artist before Alzheimer's took hold. She is survived by her husband of 50 years, Ray James, her three children, Jason James (Christina), Amy Lake (Patrick), and Carrie Sokol (Set), eight grandchildren, Madeline, Garrett, Elliot, Marie, Wyatt, Cora, Calvin, and Errol, five brothers and sisters, Karen, Doyne, Benny, Sherri, and Glenda. She is predeceased by her parents and one sister, Doris Jean. A funeral service is scheduled for 2 p.m., on Monday, May 9, 2022, at Roller-Chenal Funeral Home, 13801 Chenal Parkway, Little Rock, Arkansas. Visitation will be Sunday, May 8, 2022, from 4–6 p.m., at the funeral home. On line guest book:

Published May 7, 2022

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