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“Lenora was actually a friend of my Mom's, so I didn't know her that well. My mom thought the world of her, so she must have been a special lady. ...Read More »
1 of 16 | Posted by: Teresa Perry Johnson - Conway, AR

“So sorry for your loss. I often think about those days growing up with yall as our neighbors. Please except my condolences..God Bless ”
2 of 16 | Posted by: Paul Erwin - Childhood friend

“i love n miss u grandma!! ”
3 of 16 | Posted by: Jami Mcdaniel - granddaughter

“grandmal i love you and always will.We been through alot together . your the best in my books you did two jobs in one raising all off us kids . So i...Read More »
4 of 16 | Posted by: shawn fuller - conway, AR


“Lenora was a sweet lady and I enjoyed taking care of her through the years. I know her family will miss her greatly . May God give them all comfort. ...Read More »
6 of 16 | Posted by: Bruce White - Roland, AR

“Was such a pleasure in know Mrs.Lenora. Never have I met such a wonderful person who loved to help everyone. Always on the go, even when just out of...Read More »
7 of 16 | Posted by: James McKa - Malvern, AR - Friend

“Mary, I am so sorry for your loss. My heart & prayers go out to you & your family during this time. Peace & love to you Cindy ”
8 of 16 | Posted by: Cindy Whorton - Malvern, AR

“Sorry to hear of your loss. She must have been a strong Christian. With Prayers, Beth Peters ”
9 of 16 | Posted by: Bethel Dillavou Peters - Benton, AR

“Aunt Lenora, Even though I wasn't ever around you enough or said I love you enough I did love you and I did enjoy being around you. You always lite...Read More »
10 of 16 | Posted by: Labon Gilbert - nephew

“We are deeply saddend by the loss of Lenora. I am heartbroken because I lost my big sister. I know the kids and grand kids are sad but remember she...Read More »
11 of 16 | Posted by: Joe Bob Burks - Lenexa, KS

“She will be missed. ”
12 of 16 | Posted by: Rhonda Stroud - Malvern, AR

“She will be missed. I did not get to see her very much of late, but when I did, we would talk and talk. I know she has found her place in Heaven....Read More »
13 of 16 | Posted by: Rhonda Stroud

“My sincerest and deepest condolences to the family and friends of this dear sweet woman who I have known since I was a little girl. My heart will...Read More »
14 of 16 | Posted by: Sharon Trulock - friend

“Grandma we love you make a spot for us try not to catch all tge fish and kill all the deer....we all gotta make that path one day make our spot...Read More »
15 of 16 | Posted by: kris merritt - malvern, AR

“All the awesome memories will always be remembered and cherished #anotherfallenangelflyinghigh# ”
16 of 16 | Posted by: Amber "worm" "channel 4,7,11" Harshbarger - AR

Lenora A. Burks McDaniel Lessley, age 72, of Malvern, Arkansas, passed away Thursday May 10, 2012 at National Park Medical Center in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

She was born February 8, 1940 in Santa Maria, California to the late Earl L. and Devora Whigby Burks. Lenora was a faithful member of South Main Missionary Baptist Church of Malvern. Her family stated that she was determined to attend every service that she could, so much so that she requested that she be able to leave the hospital to attend the last service prior to her death. She enjoyed camping and fishing. Lenora loved her family and friends and when asked what she did for a living and if she was a veteran, her family replied, "She was a housewife, but she could have been in a military service because she went to war with her children most of her life, keeping them all in line".

She is survived by:

Sons: Charley McDaniel and Donald Lessley of Malvern. Arkansas

Daughters: Jamie Lessley of Malvern, Arkansas, Lynn Ray of Malvern, Arkansas and Mary Schlenker of Royal, Arkansas

Brothers: Albert Burks (Ruth) of Malvern, Arkansas and Joe Burks (Sherry) of Kansas City, Missouri

Sisters: Lynda Burks of Malvern, Arkansas and Hilda Corley (Gary) of Hot Springs, Arkansas

Several nieces and nephews, 26 grandchildren, 28 great grandchildren and 2 great great-grandchildren

Good friends; Theresa Robinson, Irene Davis, Brenda Kay Simmons and Mary Furr

She was preceded in death by her parents, husbands; James McDaniel and Fred Lessley, daughters; Becky McDaniel Fuller and Patricia June McDaniel, brothers; Leonard, James and Lonnie Burks, sons; Gordon Earl McDaniel and Fred Lessley Jr., great grandson; Seth McJunkins

Pallbearers will be Curtis McDaniel, Shawn Fuller, BJ Lessley, David Lessley, Daryl Ray, Matthew Ray, Gary Ray Jr., Brittan McDaniel, William Gage, Adam Fish, and Chris Merrit

Honorary Pallbearers: The Entire Malvern High School Class of 1958 and all of her nephews

Funeral services will be Monday May 14, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. at South Main Missionary Baptist Church in Malvern with Brother Glen Alston, Pastors: Gary Jennings, Bill Carter and Keith Pennington officiating. Interment follows Social Hill Cemetery under the direction of Atkinson Funeral Home of Malvern. A visitation for family and friends will precede the service on Monday from 11:00 until 1:00 p.m. at the church.

Family and friends will be gathered at 527 East Sullenberger Street in Malvern

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Atkinson Funeral Home | Chapel
126 East Second Street Malvern, AR 72104
Tel. 501.332.2711
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