Griffin Leggett Healey & Roth Funeral Home

5800 W 12Th St, Little Rock, AR


Lola Marie Kumpe

January 25, 1924August 1, 2019

Lola Marie Kumpe. On the 1st day of August our beloved Miss Lola went home to be with the Lord.

She was the daughter of the late Christopher C. Kumpe and Effia Pritchard Kumpe. She was predeceased by five brothers, and one sister.

Lola taught school many years for Pulaski County Special School District. She was a graduate of Arkansas State Teachers College (now U.C.A.), and did graduate work at the University of Arkansas and U.C.A. In the fall of 1958, a series of programs entitled "Parents Should Know" was presented on KARK, channel 4, and Lola was selected to present the second grade program. After the program aired, she received many letters ... one special letter was from a college professor that she had taken courses under at A.S.T.C. (now U.C.A.O. It was very special to be remembered by such an outstanding educator. Many college students did their practice teaching under Lola's supervision. She had lasting friendships with many of these students. In 1966, Lola was selected to present a program on the techniques used in spelling. The program was presented at Little Rock Public Library. Lola was an amazing teacher who made her students feel special and loved. A new program was started in 1973 called "Instructional Specialist". Lola was asked to apply, but after going for the interview, decided that she preferred to remain as a classroom teacher. She joined Olive Hill Missionary Baptist Church in 1935, and was baptized in the most beautiful stream of water. The water was so clear, you could see the white gravel on the bottom of the creek bed. In 1962, she became a member of First Missionary Baptist Church in Mabelvale. She remained a member until she passed away. Her life was her church. She started teaching Sunday School for children at sixteen in her little country church. In her adult years she taught a class of women for several years at First Missionary Baptist Church in Mabelvale. She worked in Vacation Bible School, sang in the choir and was active in Golden Agers. She also was a member of Kappa Kappa Lota, Alpha Chapter, a 61 year member. She was a member of Pulaski County Retired Teachers Association and a lifetime member of the PTA. She is survived by many nieces and nephews.

In recent years, Lola kept busy. Each day found her writing cards and newsy letters to family and friends, including one college friend of 65 years. She also mailed out church bulletins on Monday mornings to shut-ins and absentees. She read uplifting books and the daily newspaper from which she clipped articles to send out-of-town friends and relatives. Her recall of people and events was amazing. Lola will forever be remembered for the unselfish and devoted love for her family.

The family would like to extend a sincere thanks to Stuart, Winnie, Diane, Carolyn, Lisa and Debbie for their excellent help and love bestowed upon Miss Lola. They made it possible for her to live at home longer. All former students will be honored at her funeral. Memorials may be made to the First Missionary Baptist Church, P.O. Box 126 Mabelvale, Ar. 72103 or to the Olive Hill Cemetery, 15001 N. Sardis Rd. Mabelvale, AR. 72103. Services will be held on Saturday starting at noon for the visitation, and the funeral service will begin at 1pm at First Missionary Baptist Church, 10300 Mabelvale West Rd., Mabelvale, AR. Brother Roy Polk will be officiating the service. To sign the online guestbook, click “Add A Memory” at: www.griffinleggetthealeyroth.com.


  • Visitation Saturday, August 3, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, August 3, 2019
  • Committal Service Saturday, August 3, 2019


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Kimberly Brand

August 4, 2019

Miss Kumpe was my first grade teacher. She was so kind and gentle. Forever grateful for her and looking forward to seeing her again in heaven!

Tammy Rainey

August 4, 2019

Miss Lola was a beautiful soul. I was lucky enough to be a student of hers. In third grade there was a girl with a broke leg. Everyday she would go pick the girl up from her home. Just so she could attend school. After test, she would bring these yummy mints. Everyone would get one. After having children. I use to take them to see her. She will be missed by so many

Jimmy and Marilyn Lee

August 3, 2019

Lola was a kind, gentle soul. My mother was her 1st cousin. Mother's mother died when she was 2. Aunt Effie and Lola were the relatives she knew best from that side of the family. Will miss that link, but have many good memories.

Carolyn Yandell

August 3, 2019

Miss Kumpe was such a wonderful, caring teacher. Four of our five children, Leslie, Ronny, Starla and Gary, had her for their second grade teacher at Wakefield Elementary School, Each and everyone of them were so special to her: She would not pass them on, like so many do today, if she thought they needed to stay behind with her for another year. Her tender loving care made such a difference in their lives. RIP Miss Kumpe. Much love from, The Yandell Family

Edgar Sutton

August 3, 2019

Dear Family,
I have known Sister Lola for many years and always enjoyed visiting
with her. She set a great example as a Christian lady. May God
bless you all and rejoice to know she is now with our Lord Jesus
Bro. Eddie Sutton

James Kumpe

August 3, 2019

God called one of his Angles On Earth to be with him in heaven.
I will miss our phone calls, & letters. You always had lots of news & an uplifting message. Rest in peace Aunt Lola.
We love you.
Jim & D'Anne Kumpe

Ron & Debra Ward

August 3, 2019

Debbie, we almost feel we know Aunt Lola the way u have shared with us about her & ure love & admiration for her. Glad u had such a wonderful aunt that u loved so & that u were avail to be there for her & care for her. May this day bring great honor to the LORD JESUS CHRIST,the ONE she loved & served. Praying...

Carra Rau

August 3, 2019

My great aunt Lola was always so beautifully dressed and made up. She loved her Merle Norman. She was so well versed on many topics. For the past 15 years or so my husband and she had an ongoing correspondence about record temperatures in the United States. I looked forward to receiving her notes because of her perfect penmanship. Her quiet, but fierce love for her family was evident in the care of her brother Henry (whoI thought was her husband when I was younger). After he suffered from shell shock in WW2, she opened her home and shared a quiet life with him. I will miss her with her perfectly made up face, hair, and gloves. Love Carra Lou Kumpe Rau

Carmencita Poe

August 3, 2019

I have known Miss Lola since I became a member of the FMBC in the early 80s. She was a very good person, a Christian who manifested love to everyone she met. She sent me newspaper clippings related to my activities (e.g., being in the paper as part of the Arkansas Philippines Association) and obituaries of relatives (e.g., Bonnie Poe and Razza Poe). I usually don't see these as I do not have a subscription to these papers. She also sent me the church bulletins every time I am not able to attend church that Sunday. Miss Lola and I were seatmates in church so we became close. I shared some of what's happening in my life, sometimes not positive, and she was ready to help me by encouraging me. When I visited her in the Hospice Home a month ago, she was very positive and stated that she was ready to go to her heavenly home. She showed me the cards and gifts she received. Miss Lola was an example of a pleasant, Christian lady who does everything she can for the good of people, most particularly church members. She was an active member of the Golden Agers Club which I occasionally attend. She made me feel welcome when I was there. I will miss Miss Lola a lot. She is an example I want to emulate and hope that I can be a positive influence like her when I got to be her age.

Betty Poe

August 2, 2019

Lola was a wonderful lady. When I would come to Arkansas to visit my sister Winnie. I would talk to Lola on the phone, or stop by to see her. She had a big hug an smile for you, made you feel so good. She will be missed by so many. My sister was very close to Lola.