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  Flora Orton Bogy

 

Flora Orton Bogy, aged 93, passed away peacefully at Phoebe-Sumter Hospital in Americus, GA, on Tuesday, January 10, 2017.

Born in Humnoke, Arkansas, on November 9, 1923, Flora excelled at everything she touched: as an All-Star player on the high school basketball court, as a gifted seamstress and quilter, and as a devoted wife to her husband, best friend, and soul mate Charles.

Flora was a dedicated member of Southside Baptist Church in Stuttgart, where she taught the Preschool-2 Children’s Sunday school class for over two decades. She provided the cornerstones of a strong life foundation in the teachings of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ to countless Stuttgart and surrounding community children over the years, preparing for each week’s lesson with care and enthusiasm. After retiring from the children’s class, she led the Ladies’ Naomi Class. The love she carried in her heart for all of her classes shined through her deep blue-violet eyes as brightly as any star in the heavens. 

A passionate fan, Flora affectionately referred to her favorite team, the University of Arkansas Razorbacks, as “our boys.” She followed the Razorback athletic program year-round, but basketball and football were decidedly her two favorite sports. 

Flora was a strong and courageous woman. She faced and triumphed over some of the biggest, seemingly insurmountable challenges that life could set before her with her deep faith and trust in God and a resilience only found in the most fearless among us. As many other women of the Greatest Generation, she survived the then-hopelessness of the Depression with her parents and siblings and followed her U.S. Army husband to and through the physical and mental tests of World War II. She was the sole caregiver to her younger brother Irvin until his death, and later in life, she endured the untimely and painful loss of her only son Kenneth Edward.

She will be greatly missed by everyone who knew her, but her family and closest friends take comfort in the fact and celebrate the peace of knowing that she has been reunited with her husband Charles whom she missed so dearly, she has been freed from all pain she suffered in her earthly form, and she has been made eternally whole in the sight of our Father and His Son.

Flora is survived by daughter Charlene Bogy Outlaw, three grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and two step-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Franklin Bogy; son, Kenneth Edward Bogy; parents, Robert and Beulah Orton; and two brothers, Robert Henry and Brance Irvin Orton.

The family will accept visitors Tuesday, January 16, from 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. at Turpin Funeral Home in Stuttgart, Arkansas, with services following at 2:30 p.m. at Lone Tree Cemetery. 

Memorials may be made to Southside Baptist Church, 402 East 19th Street, Stuttgart, Arkansas.
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