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Newport Independent - Newport, AR
  • Alma Withers

  • The angels were discharged and descended to watch over and guide "Ms. Alma" to her heavenly home.
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  • They stayed, they prayed, but then they realized that it was her time to go join the heavenly band.
    A busy life came to a close on Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012.
    Mrs. Alma Withers, whose sunrise was Nov. 27, 1920, was born and reared in the Sherrill community of Jefferson County. She professed a hope in Christ at an early age and served the Lord until her health declined. She was the youngest of seven children born to Cleveland and Lena Russ. Both parents and all siblings preceded her in death, as her sunset was Sept. 1, 2012.
    She was married to Donnie V. Withers in 1944 and they remained together until his death in 1985. A daughter, Clemmiesteen Boston; a great-grandson, Brandon Boston; and a niece, Willie Mae Bearden; also preceded her in death.
    Left to cherish her memory are two remaining children, Donnie (James) Murry, and Alton (Karen) Withers; her grandchildren, Wayne (Lori) Boston, Alvernan Boston, Alex Withers, Jaye Withers, and Kortnee Murry. Other surviving family members include four great-grandchildren; two adoptive great-great-grandchildren; two brothers-in-law, Atrice (Lois) Withers, and Timothy (Mary) Withers; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
    Although she was not a high school graduate, she wrote two books of poetry and inspirational messages. And, because she esteemed the importance of education, she later received her Arkansas GED and took several classes at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.
    Mrs. Withers or "Ms. Bit," as she was fondly called, enjoyed working with the young people of the church for over 30 years. She served as a teacher, a mentor and a guide. If you were in Ms. Bit's class, you learned to sing, participate in plays and do poetry. She always taught you to strive to be your best. She was often heard saying, "Strive to accomplish your goals, with God's help."
    Proverbs 3:5-6, "Trust in the LORD with all your heart; and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct your paths."
    Funeral services will be held Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012 at 1 p.m. at the Solomon Hill Baptist Church with Rev. J.Y. Williams, Jr. officiating. Interment will follow at Henson Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be held Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012 from 11 a.m. to service time.
    Arrangements by Henson-Holcomb Mortuary.

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