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Brana L. Stroope

January 21, 2023 at 4:00 a.m.
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Brana Lou Stroope, 89, of Hot Springs, Ark., left her earthly body Jan. 19, 2023.

She was born June 22, 1933, in Cedar Glades, Ark., to the late B.A. and Lena (Sharp) Meredith. She married the love of her life, A.D. Stroope, on March 16, 1950, and had two children, Donald Ray Stroope and Bevery Ann Johnson.

Brana was a dedicated member of Hot Springs Baptist Church and the owner of Stroope Tire and Beverly's Casual Shop. "Meme," as she was called by those who loved her most, will be remembered for many things. She had a passion for fashion and style and was never seen without a hair in place or an outfit planned. She cheered on her beloved Razorbacks without dismay and never hesitated to let you know how she felt about a multitude of subjects, from the weather outside to the food you were cooking! She was a world class domino player and yearned for those special times spent with "the sisters" laughing and talking about grandkids. She was the first to pick up the phone when you called and only wanted what was best for you. Brana Lou was the Meme that everyone wanted, but nobody deserved. She was a shining light in everyone's day and we will miss her dearly.

Brana is preceded in death by her parents; husband, A.D. Stroope; sisters, Mary "Toppy" Teague and Lavell Efird; brothers, Billie "Brown" Meredith and Jack Meredith; son-in-law, Mark Johnson; and grandson, Carston Johnson.

Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Donald Stroope (Tammie); her daughter, Beverly Johnson; brother, A.J. Meredith (Mary Lou); sisters, Opal Irons, Fern Robbins (Jackie) and Linda Heaton (Bill); grandchildren, Bridget Schmidt (Paul Jr.), Dr. Brittany Stroope (Gavin), Brooke Larson (Joel), Dr. Brandon Stroope (Lindsey), Chad Johnson, Rachel Johnson, Nicholas Henderson and Zachary Henderson (Ashley); great-grandchildren, Presley, Paisley and Pierce Schmidt, Grayson and Maddie Trogdon, Kaia, Bronx and Fallon Stroope, Remington, Ryker and Wesson Henderson, and Ashlynn and Cooper Henderson; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 22, at Caruth-Hale Funeral Home on Section Line Road in Hot Springs.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 23, at Hot Springs Baptist Church, with the Rev. Mike Smith and Brother Clarence Shell officiating. Burial will follow at Memorial Gardens.

Pallbearers include Paul A Schmidt Jr., Dr. Brandon Stroope, Joel Larson, Dr. Gavin Trogdon, Nick Henderson and Zach Henderson.

Honorary pallbearers are Beth Davis, Helen Webb, Bernice Livers, Willadean Donathan, Jessie Tucker and her Sunday school class at Hot Springs Baptist Church.

Memorials can be made to Hot Springs Baptist Church Senior Adults Ministry or the food pantry Lake Hamilton Cumberland Presbyterian Church.

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