Laverne Gipson

Laverne Gipson

Tuesday, October 10th, 1933 - Tuesday, March 26th, 2019
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Anna LaVerne Gipson 85 of Atkins fell asleep in this world and woke in the arms of Jesus, Tuesday, March 26, 2019.
Born October 10, 1933 in Delaware, Arkansas to James Carl and Ruby Jewell Riley Bratton, she married Rev. James Calvin Gipson October 29, 1949. Together, they raised seven children.
She is preceded in death and now reunited with her parents; her husband of more than 60 years; brother, John Bratton; sister, Mary Ellen Miller; 2 grandsons, Warren and Eric Nygaard; great-grandchild, Bella Smith and several brothers and sisters-in-law.
She leaves behind to cherish her memory, 3 sons and daughters-in-law, William and Sherrie Gipson; Dennis and Karen Hart; James and Leslie Gipson; 4 daughters and sons-in-law, Sherry and Ernest Barnett; Cathy and Gregory Smith; Diane and Mathew Anders; Laverne and Rick Chisum; 15 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren and 17 great-great grandchildren she adored.
Known by both Anna and LaVerne, she was a beloved mother, grandmother, sister and friend. She brought wisdom and laughter to our hearts and home. She loved her family, especially the grandchildren, and pointed all to Jesus with grit and grace. Her smiles will forever be missed and our lives forever better for having been loved by this amazing woman.
The family has been blessed by the love and fellowship of Kenwood Freewill Baptist, First Baptist Church of Pottsville, Fair Park Baptist and St. Joe Freewill Baptist Church, as well as a host of family and friends, all of whom have fed us and prayed for us.
Family will gather for visitation on Sunday, March 31st from 2:00-4:00 PM at Lemley Funeral Home in Atkins. Services will be held in Lemley Chapel on Monday, April 1, 2019 at 10:00 AM. Her grandsons Will Gipson and Will Vodrazka will officiate and have the honor of serving her as pallbearers along with her grandsons, Jason Barnett; Mathew Anders; David Gipson; Marty Bowden; Casey Scott; and Daniel Smith Burial will follow in Atkins City Cemetery. Family will be served lunch by St. Joe Freewill Baptist Church.
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Jo Alvey

Posted at 09:34pm
Laverne, so sorry to hear about your Mother, my thoughts & prayers are with you all.

Ellen Turney

Posted at 02:44pm
One of the sweetest ladies ever....will always remember her ALWAYS being at school when we were in elementary, helping out the teachers with that smile wrapped up with a lil mischief an sass and laughs to brighten anyones day. My heart hurts for her family as I will miss following one of my old dear friends Laverne (the younger one ;) with her blogs/stories and pictures , sharing memories an laughs with her dear sweet mother on all their many journeys.... My heart is full an lifts you all up in prayer as you all celebrate the love filled life of this strong amazing loving woman as the biggest journey in her life continues.

Your VanZandt Controls Family

Posted at 09:59am
Hope you and your family find peace and comfort in this difficult time. Please know you are in our thoughts and send our warmest condolences.
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-Jack and Kelley Scott

Posted at 07:31pm
We are praying for you all. God will help. Lean on Him. He promises Comfort.
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Denise Duvall

Posted at 04:35pm
Sister Anna will always be remembered by Kenwood FWB . She was a loving & caring mentor to many. Sarg as she was known; knew how to keep people and things in line with a lot of love. She will be missed but never forgotten !
We love you Sister Anna ❤️

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