Lou Ann Kingston
Lou Ann Kingston, went home to Jesus on Thursday, Dec. 12, at age 81.
She was born Oct. 13, 1938, in Halliday, Arkansas. Her mother, Geneva Noel Kingston, died four days later. Lou
Ann lived with her grandfather and grandmother, Cull and Virginia (Jen) Noel; her, uncle Purvis and aunt Marie Noel; and her first cousins, Scottie and Judy Noel, in their home attached to the Noel Grocery Store in Halliday, population of 100. She lived the first 47 years of her life in Halliday.
At age 10, Lou Ann was injured in a school bus wreck and was not expected to live due to a traumatic brain injury. She was rushed to Memphis and underwent emergency brain surgery by a visiting New York brain specialist. She was in a comma for three months. Four generations of Lou Ann’s family have raised her, taken care of her needs and wants and loved her.
1st generation: grandmother and grandfather, Jen and Cull Noel 2nd generation: aunt and uncle, Marie and Purvis Noel 3rd generation: first cousin and her husband, Scottie and Leroy Stevens
4th generation: second cousin and her husband, Susan and John Wilson
Lou Ann’s community and church were also a huge part of her life.
Purvis, Marie and Lou Ann moved to Benton in 1985. That same year, Lou Ann began attending the Civitan School, a school for developmentally disadvantaged preschool and adult students. Shortly after, she moved into the Civitan Group Home where she enjoyed an active social life. She participated in Special Olympics for many years. Civitan Services was such a blessing for Lou Ann.
Lou Ann moved to Arkansas Health Center in 2018. She received excellent care from Dr. Hill and the Willow Court staff. Lou Ann felt loved.
She was known for her sense of humor and singing what she called “old, old songs” (gospel hymns). Lou Ann loved to sing the hymns she learned as a child growing up. She was a lifelong member of New Liberty Baptist Church and graduate of Marmaduke High School.
Whenever she saw someone she did not know, her standard greeting was, “Hello, my name is Lou Ann Kingston, and I was in a bus wreck when I was 10 years old. What is your name?” She had a very outgoing personality.
Lou Ann was preceded in death by Scottie and Leroy Stevens, of Benton, Geneva Noel Kingston, Purvis and Marie Noel, Scott and Opal Noel and Cull and Jen Noel of Halliday.
Lou Ann is survived by her cousins, the Pilzs, Judy and Jennifer, of Columbia, Missouri, John, of Licking, Missouri, Chris, of Waynesville, Missouri, and Kerry, of Boonville, Missouri, and her cousins, the Wilsons, Susan, of Benton, Aaron, of Cary, North Carolina, and Christie and Julie of Benton.
Visitation will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18, at Roller-ballard Funeral Home, followed by a funeral service beginning at 2 p.m.
On Thursday, Dec. 19, at Mitchell Funeral Home, located at 2307 W. Kingshighway in Paragould, visitation will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. with interment to follow at New Friendship Cemetery, located at 421 Greene 519 Rd. in Paragould.
In lieu of flowers, consider making donations to Civitan Services, P.O. Box 368, Benton, AR 72018.
Online guest book: www.rollerfuneralhomes.com\ballard. Family Comments: Lou Ann will be missed dearly. Everyone enjoyed her singing, which she loved. She was a blessing to many.