of Osceola, AR
July 13, 1935 - January 26, 2023
Nola Jean Fincher was born July 13, 1935 and passed away on January 26, 2023. She was a Christian, Mama, Grandmama to her precious grandchildren and a dear friend to all who knew her. Her business career was quite extensive and successful. She was a trailblazer setting an example, as a working wife and mom when few women worked outside their homes. After graduating from Keiser High School, where she received awards for her skills in typing and shorthand, she continued her education. She attended Arkansas State University, Mississippi County Community College, Southern Baptist College and Paducah Community College in Paducah, Kentucky.Nola was the City Treasurer and Recorder for the city of Keiser after she retired. She was the owner and operator of "The Parlor", specializing in designer cakes and pastries. Nola was an Accounting Clerk at Wilson Funeral Home, Employment Specialist at Dawson Employment and served as the Executive Director of United Way of South Mississippi County. She also served as Office Administrator for Osceola Chiropractic Center.For most of her career, she was Senior Personnel Administrator for BICC Cables Corporation in Paducah, Kentucky and she was a longtime Employment Manager for Crompton Company, Osceola.She loved her career but loved her family more. Nola never missed a birthday, holiday, or an opportunity to be with her family. While living out of state, she often traveled through rain and snow to visit her children and grandchildren. She leaves behind a legacy of love, friendship and a vivacious character. Nola always treated others the way she wanted to be treated, with kindness and respect.She is preceded in death by her parents, Paul and Surhea Hunkapiller; two brothers, Paul Dean and Billy Wayne; a granddaughter, Jennifer Renae McClelland and a great-grandson, Danny Ray McClelland.Those left to cherish her memory are her daughters, Donna Smith and Joey of Meridian, MS and Connie Smith and Larry Brown of Osceola; grandchildren, Philip McClelland of West Memphis, Randy Smith and Michelle of Paragould and Adam Smith of Keiser; great-grandchildren, Natasha Smith of Paragould, Sabra McClelland and Logan Miller of Marion, Claudia Smith of Paragould, Rose Smith of Paragould, Ryder Smith of Paragould and Kayla McClelland of West Memphis; Great-great grandchildren, Zophia Smith of Paragould, Lyla Miller of Marion and Salem Smith of Paragould and sister, Cheryl Doss of Montgomery, Alabama. A visitation will be held at Roller-Swift Funeral Home on Monday, January 30, 2023 from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm, with the funeral service to follow at 2:00 pm. Interment will be at Ermen Cemetery in Osceola. Guestbook: www.rollerfuneralhomes.com
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To Nola Jean's family:. She was a friend to my sister and I was a classmate of Billy Wayne's. We all went to school at Keiser and our families just knew each other through those years. I always looked forward to seeing Nola when we had Keiser Reunions. One year, her daughter made our decorated cake. Nola was always so neat and presented herself in the best possible light. I have memories of her Mother and her brothers. I think all those children were very intelligent. I was sad when I returned from my Senior trip to learn that Billy Wayne had drowned on his Senior trip from Dyess High School. I wish I knew you girls and could share more with you. It is true your Mom seemed to be a friend to all she knew. Praying for all of you today as you prepare your good byes to her. May God bless you as He is with all of you all the time. Sincerely,
So sad to read of Nola’s passing, a dear friend since 1960. Also worked with her at Crompton. One of the finest Christian ladies I ever knew. A lady she was and a classy one at that. Prayers to Connie and Donna and family.
My heartfelt condolences to Nola Jean’s family. She was a lovely lady and very hard worker. I admired her greatly.
My prayers and love to the family for their loss of this precious Lady. I really loved Mrs Nola. We were acquainted when she worked in the front office where I worked in Osceola. We became close friends and I loved talking to her. She was a very sweet Christian Lady. I love you Mrs Nola. You will be missed by so many family members and friends. ❤️
Such an inspiration, loved seeing her come in the office. She will be will be truly be missed
Prayers for you and family.