Verna Stallcup, 1920-2015

Verna Stallcup

Verna Stallcup

Verna Louisia Johnson Stallcup, 94, of Rector passed away Friday, May 29, 2015, at NHC Healthcare in Kennett, Mo.

She was born in Battles, Ark., to the late Sky Homer and Sarah Jane (Gaither) Johnson on Oct. 7, 1920.

A retired teacher and the devoted wife of a United Methodist minister, she taught in many school districts as she carried on her duties as a local pastor’s wife in the former North Arkansas Conference. Some of the communities where they served included Mammoth Spring, Lake City, Blytheville, Lakeside, Newark, Joiner, Monette, Rector, Brinkley, Marion and Salem. Verna was a loving and generous woman, who throughout her life sacrificed her own needs for those of her family, the United Methodist Church, her students and others.

In addition to her parents, Verna was preceded in death by her husband, the Rev. Burlus Wesley Stallcup, Sr.; a granddaughter, Jessica Kay Stallcup; a brother, Garland Johnson; and eight sisters, Anna Comer, Myrtle Compton, Alma Billingsley, Viola Johnson, Georgia Meeks, Selma Hockett, Jean Clark and Nadine Huddleston.

She is survived by a son, Wes Stallcup and his wife, Ann; a daughter, Lura Holifield and her husband, Danny, all of Rector; and a daughter, Sara Root and her husband, Chuck of Omak, Wash. She is also survived by five grandchildren, Nathan Stallcup and his wife, Kristin of Franklin, Tenn.; Amy Manchester of Poplar Bluff, Mo.; Alice Smith and her husband, Mike, of Conway; Joanna Heller and her husband, Jake, of Spokane, Wash.; and Jeremiah Root and his wife, Annie, of Aurora, Colo.; four great-grandchildren; and many loving nieces and nephews.

Services were held Sunday, May 31, at First UMC Rector, with the Rev. Mace Straubel officiating. Burial followed at Woodland Heights Cemetery. Memorials may be made to First UMC, 326 CR 429, Rector, AR 72461.