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Linnie Stephens Nash

Linnie Stephens Nash, 88, of Urbana went home to be with her Lord and Savior, Wednesday July 3, 2024 at her residence.  Born in Truxno, LA, she was the daughter of Albert Horace and Ora Iberia Lockwood Black.


In her younger years Linnie was an All-Star basketball player.  Her love of sports extended to following all Razorback and LSU teams.  Linnie became an avid golfer in her later years.  She loved the game of golf so much, that if you wanted to visit or call, you had to make sure it wasn’t a time when her golf match was on.  Linnie had worked as a cosmetologist from 1962 until 1984 in Crossett.


After retirement she and her husband Buddy, were able to travel extensively working for La Quinta as General Managers, where they opened new properties and stayed a year before going to new cities to open other Inns.  They enjoyed those years until it was time to retire again when they moved back to Arkansas in 2003.


Even in her later year she kept her 3 acre yard mowed and weeded as well.  She was a very strong and determined lady, to say the least.  She was a great role model for us all.  She also had an extraordinary love for her many dogs over the years.


Preceding her in death along with her parents were her husband of 56 years, Buddy Stephens along with siblings, Glen Black, Marilyn Black, and Junior Black.


After Buddy passed away, Linnie was contacted by her first boyfriend from age 14 in 2012, James Nash.  They were married in 2013 and enjoyed life together until his death in 2018.


Linnie had a strong love for her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and siblings.  She leaves behind her three children, Deborah McDonald of El Dorado, Vicki Lindsey (Steve) of Houma, LA and Greg Stephens of El Dorado, AR. Along with the children of James Nash, Judy Nash Rogers, Donna Nash Parnell-Beasley and Deborah Nash Pounders.  Surviving siblings are, Elouise Calloway of Crossett, Roy Black (Nina) of Lawson, Brenda Clark of Crossett, Steve Black (Linda) of Strong, Pam Black of Little Rock.


Surviving grandchildren are Eric Smith (Dee Dee) of Crossett, Stephen Smith (Jennifer) of Hamburg, Stephen Lindsey (Jacqueline) of Wesley Chapel, FL, Gregory Stephens of Baton Rouge, LA, Alexandra Stephens, of Zachary, LA and Kenedi Stephens of St. Francisville, LA along with great-grandchildren, Hunter Smith (Bri), Lance Smith, Kenzie Kirby, Jesse Williams, Jaxx Stephens, Andrew Lindsey, Ethan Lindsey and Everett Lindsey and great-great grandchildren, Bella Smith, Kenli Pennington, and Canaan Kirby.   A host of nieces, nephews and cousins also are surviving.


A very heartfelt thank you to Gentiva Hospice for everything they did to make this a much easier transition for us all.


To Aunt Brenda Clark, words cannot express the gratitude and love for the countless number of hours you’ve been there and the heartfelt love you have given to your sister.  She loved you with all her heart.  You will remain in my heart forever.


Memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, July 15, 2024 in Young’s Chapel with Rev. Ricky Watts officiating.  Visitation will begin one hour prior to service time.


In lieu of flower memorials may be made to Cancer Research.


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