Passed away on February 4, 2019

Neita Roper, 89, of Little Rock Arkansas, passed away on Monday, February 4, 2019, with her daughters by her side. Mrs. Roper was born January 1, 1930, in England, Arkansas, a daughter of the late Charlie C. Hughey and Gussie Elizabeth (Helmick) Hughey. She was also preceded by brothers and sisters, Charleen Tipton, H.L. Hughey, Charlie Hughey, Kitty Grace Chambers, A.K. Hughey and Bobby Frank Hughey. Mrs. Roper is survived by her daughters, Debbie (Roper) Bryan of Little Rock; Amy (Roper) Finley of Cabot; grandsons, Connor and Jackson Bryan of Little Rock, Wade Finley III of Cabot, and her brother, Lloyd Lee Hughey of North Little Rock. She owned her own private school "Roper School" for over 29 years. One of her great accomplishments was getting the school accredited through the state of Arkansas. She enjoyed teaching young minds of all ages, and touched over 17,400 students enrolled in her school over the years. Each of her students was provided with a Bible as well as a hand written note from her upon graduation. She also owned a children’s clothing store "YoungLand". Post-Retirement, she became an avid volunteer with Bryant Senior Center; Bryant Meals on Wheels; the Bryant Chamber of Commerce; the Save a Life Pregnancy Center in Decatur, Alabama; the Conway Arkansas Woman’s Shelter of Central Arkansas; and made sleep beds for the homeless. She was an avid bunko, dominos and card player. She was extremely competitive and loved winning. In Lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made in Neita’s name to Lonoke County Safe Haven, PO Box: 414 Cabot, Arkansas 72023. A Celebration of life will be held at Geyer Springs First Baptist Church on Sunday, February 24, 2019, from 2:00pm until 4:00pm.

Directions to the church are as followed: Take the Bass Pro Exit 128, Take the service road going towards Mabelvale Road, Merge onto Frontage Road, Park Around the back side of the Fellowship Building.


24 February

Celebration of Life

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Geyer Springs First Baptist Church


12400 I-30
Little Rock, AR



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Linda Stalnaker DeArmond Young

February 11, 2019

Debbie & Amy, I am very sorry for your loss. Thank you for sharing your mother with so many over the years. I am thankful for my friendship with you. I am also very thankful for your Mom giving me my first real job while I was still in High School as a day care worker at Roper's. She even trusted me as a full-time helper with the elementary age kids in the summer. I learned so much from that experience. Love to you and may God's peace be with you. Linda

Lori Hartwick (Williamson)

February 11, 2019

I was one of Mrs. Roper's student's at Roper Elementary. I attended from Kindergarten through 6th grade. I also attended summer daycare for those years as well. I have so many memories of her and the school. I still have the Bible she presented to me at graduation with the note from her inside. She was such a wonderful Christian lady who led her school with strong Christian values. My heart is heavy today as I have learned of her passing, but she has gone on to her eternal reward! I hope she knew what a positive influence she had on so many young lives! She will be greatly missed. Debbie & Amy: I pray that God's grace will provide the comfort you need until you can see her again someday. She was one in a million!

Tammy Sayles Rees

February 9, 2019

I was a student of Roper Elementary School. Growing up , I was friends with Amy and Mrs. Roper always treated me like family. She was a very special lady. Amy and Debbi I’m so sorry for you loss.. Peace be with you all!

Kim Merritt-Inklebarger

February 9, 2019

On Feb. 4, 1930 Neita Hughey Entered the world on her feet already summoned by a vocation that would carry her through 8 decades. And now the arms that raised thousands of children are gone but will never be forgotten. How will the world suffice without her ardent and careful guidance?
All my life I remembered what I learned, unique, from you. The love I bear for you is my cherished and special treasure. All through the years I have heard your voice instructing me. In parenting my own children and coaching hundreds of others I would often stop to ask myself, "What would Neita do and say in this situation?" Through this child's illness and that child's flair with her help across the miles, we managed to not only survive but thrived in a way I think made her proud. Her silent guidance enveloped my family for years. Her sage advice during my quest for peace, loveliness, Godliness, and friendship carried me through many dark hours.
Best Girl I Have Flown Because of YOU.

Becky Green

February 8, 2019

I have fond memories of Roper School and Youngland. I was a student at Cloverdale Jr. High and used to help in the afternoons with the after school children. She was a super lady and I am sure she will be missed and obviously was loved by all. Prayers and thoughts for Debby and Amy and the family. Becky Jo Kerr Green

Margaret Trost

February 7, 2019

I was one of her students at Ropers. She was larger than life. I enjoyed her spending time with me; I felt special. I am so thankful that she allowed my creativity to grow during those early years. My prayer go out to the family.

Reita Walker Miller

February 6, 2019

I’m very sorry for your loss, Debby. I have fond memories of going to Roper’s after school to get my brother, Rob Walker, who was deaf. Neita was always so kind to Rob and helped him learn to get along with all the hearing children. My first job was working there one summer while in high school. Prayers for you and all who loved your Mom. ❤️

Marcena New

February 6, 2019

My son attended Roper School. I really loved it and the staff. A wonderful lady that will be greatly missed. This is my son's school photo from Roper. Thank you Mrs. Roper for everything.

Terri Holyfield Baldwin.

February 6, 2019

I worked for Mrs. Roper for several years and she was a very special lady.. So sorry for your loss. My prayers are with your family and friends.