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Lorane Flowers McBryde, 91, of North Little Rock passed away peacefully in her sleep on Monday, Aug. 20. She was born Aug. 9, 1921, in Spring Hill (Hempstead County), the daughter of Will D. and Annie Maude Collins Flowers. Mrs. McBryde was reared and received her early education in Spring Hill. She was the salutatorian of the Spring Hill High School class of 1939.
Lorane Flowers married Cecil Lee McBryde Sr. on June 1, 1939. Mr. McBryde preceded her in death in 1989.
Mrs. McBryde was a longtime Girl Scout leader, board member of the Arkansas Post Girl Scout Council, and a proud graduate of a Dale Carnegie Course. Mrs. McBryde was a switchboard operator at the Southwest Proving Grounds in Hope during World War II. She answered the call that brought the news of Franklin Roosevelt's passing.
Mrs. McBryde was a longtime member of Immanuel Baptist Church in Pine Bluff, where she taught Sunday School for many years. Most recently she was a member of Park Hill Baptist Church in North Little Rock.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband; one son, Cecil Lee McBryde Jr.; one daughter, Lynda McBryde Easter; seven brothers and three sisters.
She is survived by one brother, W. D. "Dub" Flowers of Hope; a daughter and son-in-law, Jean McBryde and Frank Pamplin of Bryant; a daughter, Joan McBryde Townsend of White Hall; a son-in-law, Rex M. Easter Sr. of Little Rock; a daughter-in-law, Leslie McBryde of North Little Rock; a granddaughter and grandson-in-law, Jennifer Easter and Paul Harrison of Prosper, Texas; a grandson and granddaughter-in-law, Rex M. Easter Jr. and Michele Easter of Little Rock; granddaughters, Mandy and Amelia McBryde of North Little Rock, Cecilee and Parker Pamplin of Bryant; grandsons, Luke and Tommy Lane Townsend of White Hall; great-granddaughters, Kelsey, Ashley, and Chloe Harrison of Prosper, Texas; great-grandchildren, Thomas, Megan, and Rex M. Easter III of Little Rock.
Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. today at Ralph Robinson and Son Funeral Directors in Pine Bluff with the Rev. Jerry Kidd officiating. Burial will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery.