Then I heard a voice from heaven say, “Write this: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.”“Yes,” says the Spirit, “they will rest from their labor, for their deeds will follow them.” Revelation 14:13
Carrie Faye Rebecca Buford Isaac was born on October 17, 1939, to John Arthur Dewey and Eva Bunn. She professed her hope in Christ at an early age and was baptized at St. Clair Baptist Church under the leadership of Rev. F. W. West. At St. Clair she served as president of the Usher Board, a member of the choir and the WMU. Carrie was a graduate of Simmons High School and AM&N College, now the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff where she earned a BS degree in elementary education. She also attended Arkansas Baptist College. She taught school at Simmons Okolona and Arkadelphia Head Start. She worked as a nurse technician at Hillcrest Nursing Home and Spilt Rail Residential Care in Prescott for several years. She later moved to Prescott, Arkansas and united with Mt. Zion Baptist Church under the leadership of Rev. M. Manning. She served as an Usher and the Sunday School Superintendent. She was active in the Southwest District Association serving as the Sunday School President of the Southwest District Section 1 Usher Department.Carrie loved to sing and was a popular vocalist in the quartet singing circuit. She and her daughter Vernita joined the “Angelics” and ministered through song in southern Arkansas. She sung with “The Four Gospel Singers”, “Children of Faith” and the “Angelic Missionary Gospel Singers”. She loved to travel and make daily trips to Wal-Mart. In her spare time, she loved work crossword puzzles. Her pilgrimage was modest, but full and fulfilling. She was all for family and found no greater love than that of family. On Sunday, March 4, 2018, the Lord closed her eyes and granted her rest. For 78 years she lived a faithful life with hope in Christ. Though we will miss her smiling presence, we will never forget her love. She was preceded in death by two sisters, Ivory Clark and Clara Fort; three brothers, James Buford, Leon Buford and Harold Buford. Her shining light and her beautiful smile will be forever missed by her children: Victor Blackman and Vernita Isaac Swopes both of Prescott, AR; and James (Paula) Isaac of Katy, TX; six grandchildren, Cameron Isaac, Carson Isaac, Christopher Isaac, Crandon Isaac, Cobe Isaac and Carrington Swopes and one great-granddaughter, Brielle Isaac. She also leaves two sisters, Cloria (Chester) Lee of Okolona, AR and Shelia Frierson of Marshall, TX; and one brother, Earl Buford of Gurdon, AR; several nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and the Mt. Zion Baptist Church Family. Public visitation will be held on Friday, March 9, 2018 from 1:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. and the family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at Williams Funeral Home. A celebration of her life will be on Saturday, March 10, 2018 at Mt. Zion Baptist Church at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. M. Manning, eulogist. Interment will be at St. Clair Cemetery.