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Cora Mae Vickers Bull Powell

August 1, 2011

Cora Mae Vickers Bull Powell

Cora Mae Vickers Bull Powell of Alexander, passed on July 28, at Saline Memorial Hospital Hospice House in Bryant. She was born on October 5, 1921 in Buckner, to Knutchee and Ruby Teague Vickers. She was preceded in death by her parents, her beloved daughter, Janice Lou Bull Brown, two spouses, Leroy Arnold Bull and Herman Powell, a brother, Riley Vickers and a sister, Maxine Coleman.
Mae was a member of Buckner Baptist Church in Buckner. She is survived by her loving daughter, Carol Sue Watkins and her husband, Ferrell of Alexander. She is also survived by two granddaughters, Sherae Watkins of Albuquerque, New Mexico and Kandis Cunningham and her husband, Dr. Ryan Cunningham of San Antonio, Texas. Two precious great-grandsons, Drennon and Dalton Cunningham of San Antonio, Texas. Mae is survived by his sisters, Lorene Massey of Magnolia, Syble Hodnett of Stamps, JoAnn Bradley of Magnolia, Mary Smallwood of Hot Springs, Martha Burton of Magnolia, her brother Billy Vickers and wife Marie of Magnolia. Three Stepdaughters; Barbara Schlesinger and husband Buzz of St. Petersburg, Florida, Carol Freeman and husband Mike of Ashdown, and Teresa Hamaker and husband George of Ladson, North Carolina, also survived Mae. She leaves behind many nieces, nephews, and great nieces and great nephews.
After high school, during World War II, Mae worked at Lonestar in Hooks, Texas. For many subsequent years she worked for Alan White Company in Stamps. Mae also worked at various nursing homes during her life caring for others. When she smiled, the twinkle in her blue eyes gave away her spunky personality. She had an infectious laugh and a smile that would light up any room. Mae never met a stranger, she loved people and they loved her.  Mae always looked forward to attending the annual Buckner School Reunions. Throughout her life, she loved sports, in particular basketball, a spot she played in her youth. After the birth of her first granddaughter, Mae was affectionately known as “Big Mama”. In the last few years, she enjoyed many activities with her friends at the Bryant Senior Center.
Visitation will be held at Smith’s Funeral Home Chapel in Stamps from 4-6 p.m. on July 30. The memorial service will be on July 31 at 1p.m. at the Smith Funeral Home Chapel in Stamps, with Rev. William Smith officiating. Burial will be in the Shiloh Cemetery. Pallbearers for the service will be Mike Burton, Ryan Cunningham, James LaPrairi, Tom Neal, Kelvin Smallwood and Todd Vickers. Honorary Pallbearers are Johnny Vickers, Bill Massey, Rodney Beasley, Ronnie Blair, Ron Fisher, and Foy Kuhn.
The Family would like to Thank the Saline Memorial Hospital, Arkansas Visiting Nurses and the Saline Memorial Hospital Hospice House staffs for the exceptional care and devotion during the last few months. The family asks that in Lieu of Flowers donations be made in Mae’s name to Saline Memorial Hospital Hospice House, 23157 I-30 Bryant, Arkansas 72022 or a charity of your choice.

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