It is with deep sorrow and much love that we mourn the passing of Temple Lenor David from Roland, Arkansas on Tuesday, September 8, 2020. She was 55.
She will lovingly be remembered by her mother, Ann Furr; children, Robert David, Luke Bennett, and Jessie Scribner; brothers, Todd Furr and Shawn Furr; sister, Stephanie Davis (Noble); and various nieces and nephews. Temple is preceded in death by her father, Cecil Furr.
Temple was a very thoughtful person who spread her love of flowers, music, and art to others in beautiful ways that would not be initially recognized but now remarkably missed after her passing. She would often go to Walmart, or any type of store that carried flowers, with her “seeester” (explanation will be further down), and she would make a deliberate trip straight to the floral department in order to take in all the pretty colors and buy everything she could from the clearance section so that no pretty flower would be left behind. Temple would then distribute these flowers accordingly depending on who in the neighborhood or family she thought needed them at the time—but she always saved the best ones for her mother, Ann. She often associated her love of arts and music with an even deeper love, the love she felt for her two oldest boys and their significant others. Her oldest son, Robert (RJ), recently received a text from Temple regarding a sound collection by Garth Brooks that she came across in a store. She had remembered that, 20 years prior, he had loved Garth Brooks, and wanted to know if he was interested in the collection. But most of all, she just wanted to remind him that she was always thinking of him. Temple also enjoyed all things outdoors, to include floating the many rivers in Arkansas, fishing, camping, lake days, and just laying out by the pool tanning. She also adored her adopted son Jessie Scribner, playing with him every chance she could get. Thankfully, this past Labor Day, Luke and Jessie had a dream come true as all three of them got to enjoy all their favorite things together as they went fishing and swimming for the better part of the weekend. Although they did not catch much, the lasting memories created would be more valuable than gold or any currency.
Over the last 30 years Temple worked for following three companies: Leisure Arts, Kroger, and Dollar General, a company she worked at for the last 12 years. She left a lasting impression at all three companies. She kept in touch with many of her previous co-workers (friends) throughout the years and always spoke highly of them, past or present, to her family. Temple loved to spend time with many of her friends outside of work and made sure that every ounce of fun to be had, was had. This resulted in a reciprocation of love by her co-workers and friends for her.
Speaking of love for one another, Temple’s brothers and sister had unconditional love for her as she also did for them. Temple adored and appreciated her brothers and sister. They were always there for each other. Todd Furr taught her children how to hunt and fish and was always using his master carpentry skills to help with any house repairs. Shawn Furr was always Temple’s protector who never shied away from a billiards tournament. Stephanie could always be counted on for good advice, a fun hangout, and positive council. In return, Temple was a great listener who would provide a shoulder to lean on when needed.
Temple was like an elephant. She rarely, if ever, forgot a birthday or anniversary. Whether it was a simple card, flowers (which she enjoyed, most of all, getting someone), or a gift that was more thoughtful than one could imagine (reference 20-year Garth Brooks story above). She was always on top of it and knew just what was needed that year.
Back to the “seeester” quote above. The definition of humility is the freedom from pride and arrogance, and most would say this fit Temple perfectly. At work, when she received a visit, Temple would yell out loud “seeeester” to her sister, Stephanie, to get her attention—which sums up the awesome, goofy relationship that they shared. Upon seeing her children, she would shout, “THAT’S MY BOY(S)!” Then she would introduce them to everyone that she worked with whilst also bragging the entire time about them. She was not shy and did not embarrass easy. A trait that we all can appreciate and learn from.
Finally, Temple was a selfless soul on this earth that we did not appreciate fully nor did we deserve but we were lucky enough to be blessed with her presence for the last 55 years and will continue to remember her and tell stories of her short time on this beautiful earth.
A visitation tribute will be held Friday, 18 September 2020 from 6:00pm-8:00pm at North Point Baptist Church, 8715 North Point Road, Roland Arkansas, 72135.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, 19 September 2020 at 5:00pm at Pleasant Grove Cemetery, 24274 Pleasant Grove Road, Roland, Arkansas, 72135.
Arrangements by Smith North Little Rock Funeral Home, 1921 Main St, North Little Rock, AR 72114, 501-758-1170.
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