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Phyllis Ann (Akin) Oblinger, 74

Phyllis Ann (Akin) Oblinger, 74, of North Little Rock, Arkansas passed away Saturday, June 23, 2018. Phyllis was born on March 4, 1944 in Warren, Arkansas to parents L.M. Akin and Virdie Akin Lipsmeyer. On July 11, 1964 she married the love of her life, Raymond J. Oblinger.  In two weeks, they would have celebrated 54 years of marriage.

Phyllis spent her life devoted to her family as a wife, mother, and nana.  The only thing she loved more than the Razorbacks were her grandkids.  When she was not with her grandkids, she was scrapbooking about them or engaged in one of her many other crafting hobbies. Phyllis thrived in social situations; she drew energy from being around friends and family.  She had an infectious smile and could always be found at the center of any celebration.

Phyllis has always been an active member in her church, first at Asbury United Methodist Church and more recently at Lakewood United Methodist Church of North Little Rock. The number of people that she left an impact on is innumerable.

She was preceded in death by her parents Mr. and Mrs. L.M. Akin, her brother Rev. G. Coleman Akin, and her sister Patricia M. Daniel. 

She is survived by her loving husband Raymond J. Oblinger; her three daughters Tracey O. Williams (Benton) of Chicago, Kimberly R. Stanley (Douglas) of North Little Rock and Kathryn D. Hale of North Little Rock; her sister Kathryn Y. Williams of Apex, NC; her nine grandchildren Emma and Henry Williams, Tatum, Shelby, and Phillip Stanley, Kristen Woodson (Steven), Eddie, Josh, and Jake Hale; as well as many other extended family members.

Memorial services will be held at Lakewood United Methodist Church, North Little Rock, Arkansas on Friday, June 29, 2018 at 11:00 A.M.

In lieu of flowers memorial may be made to the American Heart Association

Arrangements by A Natural State Funeral Service, 2620 West Main Street, Jacksonville, Arkansas, 72076 501-982-3400.



  • Carnell Proctor Posted June 25, 2018 7:46 PM

    To Oblinger Family: May God give special peace & comfort to your hearts, and may His grace sustain you in all the days ahead. Prayers for all the family, Carnell Proctor

  • Shelby Stanley Posted June 25, 2018 8:18 PM

    Love you and miss you everyday nana

  • Denise and Jim Wallster Posted June 26, 2018 5:48 AM

    So sorry for your great loss!

  • Larry &Marilyn Williamd Posted June 26, 2018 8:00 AM

    Her family blessed my life in so many ways. Rev.Larry Williams

  • Karen Black Posted June 26, 2018 10:03 AM

    Kim and Doug … I am so sorry for your loss. I remember meeting your mom a few times and her smile was definitely infectious. Praying for all of you.

  • Becky Burgess Posted June 26, 2018 10:05 AM

    May your precious memories of your mother’s love for her family give you comfort and peace during these days.

  • Leslie Krebs Posted June 26, 2018 12:10 PM

    My love and prayers to you all on this loss. God be with you.

  • The Roach Family Posted June 27, 2018 12:39 AM

    Keeping you all in our prayers. May you find peace and comfort during this difficult time

  • Helen Posted June 27, 2018 10:14 AM

    I loved her from the first time my brother brought her home to meet the family. I knew she was going to be a special addition to our family. Thank you for loving my brother so dearly. Love and will be lost without you.

  • Phil Sutphin Posted June 27, 2018 11:18 AM

    So sorry to hear that Phyliss had gone on to the church triumphant – heaven shines a bit brighter with her presence. May God comfort you in your loss.

  • Tamara Anderson DeBord Posted June 27, 2018 1:01 PM

    Kathy, Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • Kay Daniel Posted June 27, 2018 4:00 PM

    Ray, Tracey, Kim & Kathy – Prayers of comfort and peace for all of you. You all are a beautiful family and were blessed with a full fun life – because of Phyllis. She was the sweetest person and friend. Lots of great memories with you. Love you all.

  • Laura Lavender Posted June 27, 2018 6:30 PM

    I doubt Phyllis will RIP because her whole life she was so energetic and full of life. I’m sure she will carry on the same in God’s Heaven to His Glory. I pray God’s peace for her family and friends. Surely you will see her again in time. She is a treasured memory for her classmates from Central.

  • Gordon Davis Posted June 27, 2018 8:18 PM

    Have never been forgotten for the wonderful smile and open heart shown always.

  • Winnie Medlock Lyles Posted June 27, 2018 8:33 PM

    She was a true, sweet friend all thru WSJH & LRCHS! Always laughing & happy! RIP dear friend!

  • Lucy Johnson Owen Posted June 27, 2018 8:40 PM

    Farewell Phyllis until we meet again😘

  • Betty Teeter Haydon Posted June 27, 2018 9:28 PM

    So sorry for your loss of a loving and caring wife, Mom, Nana, sister, and friend to so many. Praying that your memories and God’s faithfulness will sustain the Oblinger family.

  • Bill and Paula Mooney Posted June 27, 2018 10:36 PM

    Ray, we extend our sincerest sympathy to you and your family. We pray God will assuage your grief at this time of great loss.

  • Auddy & Peggy Doss Posted June 28, 2018 11:02 AM

    The family is in our prayers and hearts during this difficult time. We know Phyllis will be greatly missed by all, but the precious memories will be lasting.

  • Kenny Daniel Posted June 28, 2018 1:49 PM

    I will miss my Aunt Phyllis dearly. She was a fantastic host at many gatherings and loved being surrounded by friends. I will miss the joy that she was so good at sharing with everyone she came into contact with. It is so hard to think of her and not smile. I will mourn a while, but am a better person from knowing and loving her. Heaven gained a special angel with Phyllis.

  • Paul and Kaye Hoover Posted June 28, 2018 2:24 PM

    We are sorry for your loss. We will truly miss her!

  • Charles Hagood Posted June 28, 2018 4:20 PM

    Ray, Nancy and I are saddened by your loss. I know there is special place in Heaven for your Phyllis! May God bless and comfort you and your family.

  • Barbara (Bobbie) Keith Whittaker Posted June 28, 2018 7:52 PM

    PHYLLIS you will be greatly missed, and remembered for your beautiful smile. Rest with the Angels! Prayers for comfort, strength and peace that passes all understanding.

  • Mark Schuster Posted June 28, 2018 9:33 PM

    Thoughts and prayers from Michigan!

  • Mitch and Gloria Mayo Posted June 29, 2018 3:15 PM

    Please accept our deepest sympathy for your family’s loss of Phyllis. I will always remember how kind she was to me, Max and Zach when we were in Leeds. I think she took us to every Abbey and Castle within a 50 miles radius Leeds. She will be missed our thoughts are with you and your family.

  • Ronnie & Pam McPherson Posted June 29, 2018 6:40 PM

    So sorry prayers to all the family for comfort & strength

  • John & Becky Sage Posted July 2, 2018 9:34 AM

    Phyllis always brought joy to whatever group she was in.
    Will never forget the wonderful trips we had together.

  • Shannon Roe Posted July 2, 2018 2:58 PM

    Condolences to Phyllis’s family, friends, and classmates. We will miss her warm and friendly presence at our class gatherings.

  • Legina Boswell Posted August 11, 2018 9:17 PM

    Phyllis was a wonderful lady. I enjoyed working for her. My sympathies to her family.

  • Helen McDermott Posted August 11, 2018 10:21 PM

    I just saw that Phyllis had passed away! My heart goes out to Ray, the girls and her family. Phyllis was a special person and wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and friend. My thoughts and prayers are with you!

  • Ralph Borenstein Posted October 12, 2018 3:14 PM

    Ray and girls – We are so sorry to learn of Phyllis’s passing. She was always so extremely kind and thoughtful to us, and we have fond memories of you both.

    Ralph and Michelle Borenstein

  • Deborah Graves Posted August 25, 2019 2:32 PM

    Special beautiful memories of working with Phyllis years ago. Just found out about your loss

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