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Gloria M. Plumlee

September 24, 1931November 16, 2020

Jesus said, “Let not your hearts be troubled, you believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions, if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. I will come again, and receive you unto myself, that where I am, there you shall be also.” John 14:1-3

“Where I Am” is Heaven and the Lord called Gloria Maye White Plumlee to Heaven on November 16, 2020. Gloria was born September 24, 1931 in Winnsboro, Louisiana, to a wonderful Christian family. Her parents were William Harvey White and Jewel Flynt White.

She was a graduate of Smackover High School in 1949 and attended Ouachita Baptist University where she met the love of her life, Carroll Francis Plumlee. They married in 1952 and she graduated in 1953 and followed a teaching career. She taught 30 years with 28 of those years as a 2nd grade teacher at Oaklawn Elementary School. Gloria was a member of the Garland County Retired Teachers Association and the Hot Springs/Hot Spring Village Symphony Guild.

Gloria has been an active member of Central Baptist Church since January 1961. She and her husband, Carroll, were active members in the Sanctuary Choir, helping with youth work, and Gloria often served as soloist for many services and special events. She was instrumental in setting up the Heritage Room with a picture history of Central Baptist Church through many years. It was a labor of love and other members helped her in accomplishing the task.

Gloria enjoyed travel that included trips with family and church friends to countries such as Scotland, England, France, Germany, Italy, Israel, Egypt, and Russia.

Preceding Gloria in death were her husband, Carroll Francis Plumlee; her son, Ralph Michael Plumlee; her parents, William Harvey and Jewel White; and a brother, W. H. White, Jr.

She is survived by her sister-in-law, Mary Ellen White; nieces Kathie White, Karen Lewis, and Kristi Anderson; sister-in-law Sue Plumlee Taylor; niece, Gena Taylor; nephew, John ( Felicia) Taylor; and several great nieces and nephews.

Services will be held at Central Baptist Church on Thursday, November 19, 2020 at 2:00 pm. Visitation will begin at 1:00 pm at the church prior to the funeral service.

Burial will be at Greenwood Cemetery following the Church service. Memorials may be made to Central Baptist Church, Hot Springs.



  • Visitation

    Thursday, November 19, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Thursday, November 19, 2020

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Jim Pafford

November 20, 2020

Hi, So sorry to hear this news. I did a little landscape work around her home years ago. What a lovely lady!

Our thoughts coming your way!!!

Jim and Carolee Pafford

Rob Bates

November 19, 2020

Gloria and Carroll were active supporters of the youth group at Central Baptist Church when I was a teenager in the 60’s. I have fond memories of the times our families spent together at “The Place” we rented together with 4 other families on Lake Hamilton. Their son Mike was a good friend of mine and I worked for Carroll one summer at Pyron Plumlee Construction. Carroll and Mike passed away at relatively young ages but now they are reunited with each other and our Lord. They were a fine family and will be missed.

Rosemary Caristianos Scherer

November 19, 2020

I was in Mrs. Plumlee’s second grade class around 1966. I remember doing the morning news with the microphone. We each had a turn reporting the weather and news. I recall being a helper using the helping hands. This taught us classroom responsibility. She made math and learning how to add fun with the ten fingers on the one’s man, the ten’s man, and the hundred’s man’s hands. The clothes pin would move over to the next man’s finger. She was an excellent teacher. I looked forward to going to school every day. I am so thankful to have had her for a teacher. My condolences to her family.

Kelly Martin

November 19, 2020

Going to Mrs. Plumlee's beautiful home as a caregiver for Home Instead Senior Care was one of my favorite "assignments". She always greeted me with a smile and a "Glad it is you today!"

Along with her care, we enjoyed conversations around memories, family, friends and church. Football discussions were fun as well.
I will always remember this fine lady. My condolences to her family and friends.

Elizabeth Watson

November 19, 2020

To dear family, friends, and former students,
I was in Miss Plumlee's
" graduating " class of 1964. She was a wonderfully brilliant, kind, caring woman; just the right role model a little girl needs. As an amazing educator, she molded fresh young minds.
I met my best friend for life in that class under Miss Plumlee's gentle expertise and guidance. Mary Parkerson is still my best friend to this day. We text every day and we spent our 60th birthdays together here. Mary's first but not last visit to Oregon. She's who pointed out this sad loss of our most valued teacher. Also she remembers Miss Plumlee teaching us to be cautious in our play cause I had my left arm in a sling from dislocation at the time.
I want to honor Miss Plumlee's memory and thank her family. God bless you. May God bless and rest my dear teacher's soul. Miss Gloria PLumlee is in my mind and heart always ❤.
There are no words to ease the pain of the loss of such a unique life. Yet with the love of God, family, friends and many former students, time can start to succeed 🙏 where words fail. The legacy and gift of her life well lived carries on in each of us touched by her. I thank God for the privilege of being one of her students!
Sincerely and with love,
Elizabeth and Mary best friends for life!💜


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