Otis Ray (Rev. Bud) Looper,87, of Nashville, Ar. formerly of Aubrey went to be with the Lord on Friday, October 19,2012.He was preceded in death by his father Adin Looper and mother Gertha Isbell Looper Mohon; Brother, Notie Looper and twin Sister Dorothy Looper Craig.
He is survived by his wife Aletha Green Looper of Nashville, AR., a son Jimmy Looper and wife Yolanda of Minneapolis, MN, a Daughter Gwen Sherman and husband Larry of Nashville, AR.. Rev. Bud has four Grandchildren, six Great-Grandchildren, and a host of family and friends.
Visitation will be on Monday October 22, 2012 at Slay Memorial Funeral Center in Aubrey from 6 until 8.Funeral services will be held on Tuesday at New Hope Baptist Church in Crossroads,Tx at 2pm with Bro. Larry Sherman officiating assisted by Robby Sherman. Burial will be in Belew Cemetery in Aubrey.
Bro. Bud was a man called to a mission of telling others how God sent his Son Jesus to die on the cross so that everyone who believes on Him will not perish but have everlasting life. Pastoring churches in Arkansas and Texas and with a love for people, he would ask, “do you have a piece of paper?I want to show you how to build an airplane.”As he folded the paper, he told the Bible story of the rich man and Lazarus and how the Rich man accumulated great wealth during his life, but Lazarus very little then they died. He began tearing the “airplane” along the folds to unfold the truth of how God looks through all their possessions when they die, looking for the key(cross).If they have the key, they would spend eternity in Heavan, but without the key, their eternity would be spent in Hell.
A few weeks before his death, as he lay in ICU, Bro. Bud began to sing. Although the words were distorted by the stroke he had suffered in August, the melody was clear: “Give me the roses while I live, trying to cheer me on. Useless the flowers that are given after the soul is gone.”
Thank you to the family and friends who gave many flowers of love, friendship, and fellowship while he lived his 87 years. Those flowers will never loose the fragrance of the love you gave he and Aletha.In lieu of flowers after his “soul is gone”, the family request that memorial be given to Ridgeway Baptist Church Mission Fund, P.O. Box 151, Nashville, AR. 71852, to continue his legacy of spreading the Word.
Services are under the direction of Terri Slay and Slay Memorial Funeral Center in Aubrey, Tx.