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Graveside services for Novella Braynard, 91, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, November 2, 2012, at Howell Memorial Park Cemetery, Howell county, Missouri under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc., West Plains. She was born the daughter of Claude and Cordelia Perkins, August 28, 1921 at Magazine, Arkansas. She entered into eternal rest October 29, 2012 at West Plains, Missouri at the age of 91.

She was united in marriage April 19, 1947 in Marshall, Illinois to Harrold Braynard who preceded her in death August 13, 2012.

She is survived by her son, Gary Braynard and wife Linda of West Plains; grandson, Shane Braynard and wife Terri and their daughter Autumn of West Plains, grandson Dustin Braynard and wife Krystal of Saint Louis; great grandson, Brody Smith of San Fransisco, great granddaughters, Miranda Wright and husband Jessie of West Plains, Megan Mitchell and husband Stuart of Mountain Grove, step great granddaughter, Courtney Daves of Thomasville, great great grandson, Braxton Wright of West Plains.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Harrold; one brother, Robert Perkins; three sisters, Edith Gabbard, Arva Joyner, Delta Anderson; and one granddaughter, Sandra Braynard.

She was raised in Paris, Arkansas where she graduated from high school. She met her husband Harrold in 1940 at Fort Smith, Arkansas and later married in 1947 after he returned from the war. She was such a good wife, mother, and later pastor’s wife. She loved people and studying and teaching the Bible. Her favorite hobbies were drawing and painting. She will be missed very very much.



  1. Michael
    October 30, 2012 @ 4:03 pm

    I am sorry to read of your loss. Many have lost loved ones and want to see them again. The Bible actually says what will be death’s unavoidable eventuality at Revelation 21:4, which says, “And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.” Death will be gone forever. May this be of encouragement.

  2. Janice (Anderson) Myers
    October 30, 2012 @ 9:08 pm

    Oh my Aunt Novella. I’m sorry for the loss to everyone in the family. I always used to say that I thought Novella was the prettiest of all the Perkins girls and my mother, her sister, Delta Anderson, thought so too. Now they’re all together again. Our loss is Heaven’s gain. Of all the things I remember about Aunt Novella, she gave me a pair of white gloves for my 12th birthday and the card read something to the effect that every young woman needed a pair of white gloves. I wore those white gloves whenever I spent the night with Novella & Harrold and went to church with them on Sunday mornings. I love my Aunt Novella and my entire family.