Norma Jean Franks Bryant, 77 of Texarkana, Texas passed away peacefully Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2008, at Heritage Plaza Nursing Center in Texarkana.

Norma Jean Franks Bryant, 77 of Texarkana, Texas passed away peacefully Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2008, at Heritage Plaza Nursing Center in Texarkana. She was born May 27, 1931, in Hope to Clifford and Kathryn Tarpley Franks.


She was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her brother, Charles Clifford Franks, of Russellville; cousin, Charlotte Tarpley Leslie (Kenneth) of Texarkana; two nieces, Sheila Phillips and Kathryn Franks (Joe Moore), all of Russellville; three nephews: David Franks (Katherine Murdock) of Wichita, Kan., Steve Franks (Elizabeth) of Russellville, and Lee Franks (Andrea) of Maryville, Tenn.; 11 grandnephews; three grandnieces; two great-grand-nephews; three second cousins and two third cousins.


Mrs. Bryant was a lifelong educator. After earning her bachelor’s degree from Henderson State College, she was an elementary school teacher in Texarkana. After completing her master’s degree at Henderson she worked there as director of the remedial reading program. She later directed the student teacher program for elementary education majors until her retirement in 1988.


She was a member and former national officer of Phi Delta Kappa and a member of First United Methodist Church of Texarkana.


The family is deeply grateful to cousins Charlotte Leslie and her daughter Leta Carter for their care during Mrs. Bryant’s latter years. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials be sent to First United Methodist Church of Texarkana, 400 East 6th Street, Texarkana, AR 71854. The body was cremated. A memorial graveside service will be held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2008, at Memory Gardens Cemetery in Hope. Burial to follow. Arrangements by Brazzel/Oakcrest Funeral Home, Hope.


Online guestbook: www.brazzelfuneralhomes.com.