…I will do all in my power to maintain and elevate the standard of my profession, and will hold in confidence all personal matters committed to my keeping and all family affairs coming to my knowledge in the practice of my calling. With loyalty will I endeavor to aid the physician, in his work, and devote myself to the welfare of those committed to my care. (In part taken from the”Nightingale Pledge”)
Karen Smith Block was born into time on February 18, 1957 in Chicago, Illinois to the union of Clarence and Ruth Williams Turner. Karen was an obedient and loving child who patterned herself after her mother.
The family relocated to Arkadelphia in the mid 70’s. Karen quickly made friends at Arkadelphia High School where she graduated in 1975. Karen accepted Christ at a young age. She joined Ebenezer COGIC under the leadership of Superintendent R. L. Williams. Like her mother Ruth; Karen’s passion for caring for others led her into the field of nursing. She was a graduate of Henderson State University.
She later moved to Prescott, Arkansas where she worked as a LPN at Prescott Manor Nursing Home in Prescott, Arkansas. Karen was a fun loving and compassionate young lady who spoke encouraging words to inspire and uplift. She made friends across every race, gender, faith and gave generously to those in need and inspired everyone who crossed her path. She enjoyed cooking, singing and loved flowers.
Karen was an active member of New Beginnings COGIC. On January 3, 2009, she married Edward Block and together they lived in love until her passing. On Wednesday, March 19, 2014, Karen departed from this life to be in the presence of the Lord. She was preceded in death by her parents; Clarence Turner and Ruth L. Snowden (September 18, 2013); three aunts, Tassie Anderson, Edith Davis and Mary Wilkerson; and six uncles, Charlie Williams, Henry Williams, Benjamin Williams, Alex Williams, Vaughn Williams and Jack Williams.
She leaves her love with her husband, Edward Block of Prescott, AR; two sons, Orlando Yury Buckley of Hot Springs, AR and Davion Smith of Tulsa, OK; her children, Deshun Block of Nashville, AR, Khaliah Block of Little Rock, AR, Rasheed Block of Nashville, AR, Alyssah Block of Nashville, AR; Keundra Block of Oklahoma City, OK; her siblings, Claudia Turner Smith of Tempe, AZ, Rex Devin (Jane) Turner of Malvern, AR, Eric (Sharon) Turner of Charlotte, NC, Nedra (Paul) Smith Frazier of Portland, OE and Lea (Terrell) Smith of Arkadelphia, AR; her mother-in-law, Mae Thelma Block of Prescott, AR; two brothers-in-law, LC (Linda) Block, Jr., of Charlotte, NC and Vernon C. (Ramona) Block of Prescott, AR; one sister-in-law, Debra (Charles) Frazier of Prescott, AR; two aunts, Maragrett Shelton of Chicago, IL and Ann Sanders of Arkadelphia, AR; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Public visitation will be held on Friday, March 28, 2014 from 12 noon until 5:00 p.m. Services to celebrate her life will be shared on Saturday, March 29, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at New Beginnings COGIC in Prescott, Arkansas. Elder Herbert Adams will officiate.