Lyla Jean Campora of Clinton, Arkansas, ran into her Savior’s arms on October 31, 2022, at the age of 76. Lyla, the 6th of 9 kids, was born November 19, 1945, in Cabool, Missouri to the late Allie Riley Bryant and Carl Bryant. At the age of 8, Lyla made an important life decision that made her the person everyone knew and loved, - she received Jesus as her savior.
Lyla was one tough gal. She helped her single dad raise the 3 younger siblings, who she still referred to as ‘the kids’ even in her last days. She married the love of her life, George Campora in 1964. They shared 43 years together and welcomed two kids- Shiela in 1970 and Joel in 1980. Lyla learned to drive log truck to help with the family business. After dropping Shiela off at school a few times with the log truck and taking out a couple of stop signs, she decided to drive a more economical vehicle. She became a school bus driver for Mena Public Schools for many years. During this time, she tore off a couple mufflers, but otherwise, she was well loved by her coworkers and students. Eventually, she changed jobs to a long distance simi-truck driver with her husband. She got into a few tight spots, but she knew that George could get the truck out of whatever she managed to get into! Even though she lived the last 25 years with severe chronic pain, she continued to be entertaining and encouraging to others.
Lyla will most be remembered for her love of God and faith. She shared her faith through action and song. Lyla had a servant’s heart for youth, senior adults, and music ministry. Some of her songs were written while she was sitting behind the wheel or just washing dishes. She had a voice that could ‘scrape the rafters.’ She was in several music groups. As a teen, she sang in a trio with her sister, Margie, called the Lively Bryants. As an adult, she sang with her family in The Living by Faith Singers, and most recently, Kings Highway of Clinton.
Lyla is rejoicing at the feet of Jesus with her parents, 5 older siblings, and son, Joel Campora. Left behind are siblings, Margie Doll, Ron Bryant, Don Bryant, and their families; daughter and son-in-love, Shiela and Darin Farmer; grandkids, Drew (Kayla) Farmer, Travis (Hannah) Farmer, Nathan Farmer, Dacie Campora, Natalie Farmer, and Bethany Campora; great-grandson, Dierks Farmer; former husband, George Campora and the Campora family; and many more family and friends.
A celebration of life service will be held at First Baptist Church, Clinton, AR, November 12, 2022, at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to AR Concerns of Police Survivors P.O. Box 13036, Maumelle, AR 72113 or arkansascops.org
Arrangements by Simply Cremation Care (501) 254-3232.