Barbara Angel, age 77, of Little Rock died
November 16, 2017. She was a member of the First Church of the Nazarene
in Little Rock. Barbara was the retired Executive Director of the
Arkansas Society of Certified Public Accountants (ASCPA). The ASCPA is a
Professional Organization for CPAs with a membership of over 3500.
Barbara loved her job and the people with whom she worked, both staff
and members. She considered it a privilege to be able to work in a job
that she loved so much. She worked many more hours than the job required
and always looked forward to the next day. She began her career with the
ASCPA in 1975 and worked there for thirty-eight years before her
retirement in 2013.
Barbara worked outside her home almost her entire life. At the age of
ten, she was cleaning other people's houses and babysitting; and when
she was twelve, she started working at her first "real job" as
a clerk in Sterling's Department Store in downtown Little Rock. From
then until her retirement, she worked full time except when she attended
school, and then she worked part time. Barbara graduated from Little
Rock Central High School in 1958 (the year of the Integration Crisis).
She attended evening classes at UALR, where she maintained a grade point
As so many girls in the fifties did, Barbara married her high school
sweetheart, Hobart Sullivan, at a very young age. After twenty-eight
years of marriage, which produced four children, they divorced. Like
many couples who marry too young, as they grew up, they grew apart.
In 1986, Barbara fell in love with C. M. "Mac" Angel, and they
were married in 1987. Her years with him were probably the happiest
years of her life, as well as his. Mac always said he never knew there
could be so much love and openness in a family as in Barbara's. Barbara
and Mac were perfect for each other; and they always said God and the
"Angels among us" brought us together. Many people who were
around them and saw their happiness referred to them as "Soul
Mates". This marriage ended in 1995, after only nine years of
happiness, when Mac (the love of Barbara's life) died of cancer. Barbara
never fully got over the loss, and always felt Mac's spirit was still
with her. She looked forward to being with him again in Heaven.
Even though it was necessary for Barbara to always work outside of the
home, and even though she was dedicated and loved her job at the
Arkansas Society of CPAs, her real joy and happiness were her children,
and later her grandchildren, too. Barbara always had time for her
children and their activities, as well as her grandchildren. Over the
years, she attended many ballgames, plays, pageants and other activities
of her children and grandchildren. She loved them all unconditionally
and with all her heart. They were not only her family, but her best
friends. She was happiest when she was with them. They will tell you
today, she taught them the love of God, good work ethics and confidence
in themselves. Their lives today attest to this. All of them are
responsible adults with exceptional careers; and they all love God.
In addition to raising her own four children, Barbara also raised two
nephews and a niece, who today are fine adults, who love God. Their
children were Barbara's great-nieces and nephews; however, she
considered them her grandchildren, too. Holidays at Barbara's house
consisted of fun, food and the gathering of thirty to fifty family
Barbara was preceded in death by her husband, C. M. "Mac"
Angel; her parents, Joe W. and Violet Gee Vann; her brothers, Fred Leon
Vann, Warren W. "Bill" Greenwich, and Joe W. Vann and four
sisters, Betty Vann Hartwick, Jewel McGill Timms, Violet Evelyn Dunn,
and Jeannie Irvin Bland. She is survived by one son, Hobart Lee
"Bart" Sullivan; three daughters, Angela Marie Lowe, Jamie
Renee' Kuhn and Alicia "Tyke" Troutman; one daughter-in-law,
Robbie Rowland Sullivan; and three sons-in-law, Alan 'Buz" Lowe,
Bradley Morris and Michael F. Kuhn; a niece who lives in the home,
Sharon Vann; two nephews she raised, Herbert "Herb" Newman and
Leon Vann, as well as many other nieces, nephews, great-nieces and
great-nephews, as well as great-great nieces and nephews, whom she loved
very much. She is also survived by eight grandchildren„ Violet
Renee' White, Lauren Olivia Sullivan, Emily Jewel Sullivan, Ashley
Elizabeth Young, Korbin Micha Kuhn, MacKenzie Angel Kuhn, Dakotah
Bartlee Troutman, and Grayson Ty Troutman.
Visitation will be 5:00-7:00 p.m., Monday, November 20, 2017 at Roller-Chenal
Funeral Home, 13801 Chenal Parkway, Little Rock, Arkansas (501)
224-8300. Funeral services are 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, November 21, 2017,
at First Church of the Nazarene, 1200 North Mississippi, Little Rock,
with Reverend Ron McCormick, officiating. Reverend James Daniel,
Reverend Bob Howard, and Reverend Dan Casey will also be speaking.
Interment will follow at Pinecrest Cemetery beside her beloved Mac.
Pallbearers are her grandsons, Dakotah Troutman and Grayson Troutman;
sons-in-law, Buz Lowe, Mike Kuhn, and Brad Morris; and nephew, Herb
Newman. Honorary pallbearers are: John Peace, Dick Hatfield, Bill
Booker, Stan Kozij, Jimmie Shannon, Jim Petty, W. L. Cook, Gene Cogbill,
Pradeep Sapkota, and Sushil Subedi.
Memorials may be made to the First Church of the Nazarene Building Fund,
1200 North Mississippi, Little Rock, AR 72207, in memory of Barbara.
Barbara loved her church and was on the Building Committee. She wanted
to see this happen.