DENNIS DEAN ACKLIN JR., age 58, of Little Rock passed away Monday, January 29, 2018 in
Little Rock. He was born on
July 10, 1959 in
Little Rock, Ark.
Dennis graduated from Plano
High School in
He is survived by his parents,
Willene and Thomas Mooningham of Little Rock; four siblings Debbie (Philip) Martin of Allen, Texas, Amanda Bhuket of San Francisco, Calif., Joy Acklin of Dallas, Texas, Abbie (Michael) Johnson of McKinney, Texas, Christopher Acklin of Dallas, Texas.
Memorial services will be 2 p.m. Thursday, February 1, 2018 at Calvary Baptist Church in Little Rock with Brother Larry Pillow officiating. Cremation arrangements by Cremation Services of Arkansas (501) 313-5431. www.cremationservicesofarkansas.com.
–––––❖––––– On Thanksgiving Day, November 27, 1986 CHRISTINA NICOLE ALBERT was born in Little Rock,
Ark. At age 31, on January 26,
2018 she went to be with the
Lord. She was a member of Pinnacle Mountain
She was a very talented singer, winning numerous awards using her talents for church specials and community funerals. She was a loving person who enjoyed a fun sense of humor and loved to laugh. She never knew a stranger and everyone was drawn to her. Her presence on this earth will be greatly missed but we know she was a child of God and we will see her again one day.
She is survived by her mother, Sunda Bonner of Roland; brother, Hunter Bonner of Conway; step-father Michael Ray Bonner of Roland; grandparents Lou and Montie Bonner of Mansfield, Texas; uncles Jodie Albert of Little Rock, Barlow Miller of Bella Vista; cousins Becky Kime of Springfield, Mo., and Matt Williamson of Chattanooga, Tenn., along with a host of extended family and friends.
Memorial Services will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, February 1, 2018 at Church of Pinnacle Mountain, 7901 AR-300, Roland, Ark. 72135. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Arkansas Foster Care and Adoptions. Arrangements under the direction of Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home. 501982-2136. Online guestbook: www.mooresjacksonvillefuneralhome.com.
–––––❖––––– DOROTHY STOUT SMITH ALDRIDGE of Little Rock, 88, died Tuesday, January 30, 2018. She was born December 3, 1929 in E. St. Louis,
Ill., the youngest of three children.
At the beginning of WWII, the family moved to Little
Rock so that her father, who was the Chief Engineer for Alcoa, could oversee the construction of a plant in Bauxite, Ark. They remained there for the duration of the war, moving back to E. St. Louis in 1946.
Mrs. Aldridge graduated from Depauw University in Greencastle, Ill., in 1951 with a degree in Microbiology and Chemistry. In 1952, she completed her training as an ASCP certified Medical Technologist at Washington University School of Medicine, Barnes Hospital in St. Louis. She began her career in the Barnes Hospital Laboratories followed by three years as a member of a research team in the Department of Surgery of Washington University Medical School. While exploring that avenue, the team was involved in the early use of the electron microscope. They were also the second group in the country to use kidney dialysis. She co-authored several papers which were published in medical journals. Her last position was Chief of Missouri Psychiatry Laboratory for the state of Missouri. For two years she taught medical technology students at Southern Illinois University in Belleville, Ill., at night.
She was blessed with two happy marriages. On May 2, 1959 she was married to Roy W. Smith, an electrical contractor in St. Louis. They enjoyed 21 years together, traveling many places around our country and the world. After Roy died in 1980, she returned to Little Rock to keep the house for her widowed father. In 1998 she met H.W. “Jacks” Aldridge when they were training to be Stephen Ministers at Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church. They were married June 17, 2000 and had 11 happy months together prior to his death.
In addition to her parents and her husbands, she was preceded in death by an infant brother and by her sisters P. Louise Stout Simmons M.D. of Lubbock, Texas. Survivors include her step-daughters, Helen Kay Miller of W. Memphis, Ark., Anita Ashby of Dennsion, Texas, and Carolyn Junkin of Newport, Ark.
She is also survived by a very special long-time friend David J. Roberts, whom she considered to be her much loved “informally adopted” son and trusted confidante.
Mrs. Aldridge was a long-time member of Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church. Over the years she served in many capacities including the Stephen Ministry Administration Board. She was member of the Dietz Dialogue Sunday School Class. She was involved with other community organizations particularly educational and health related groups. She trained as a hospice volunteer and served the terminally ill and their families. She served for 6 years on the Arkansas Hospice Board. Caring for hospice patients and her church family was her passion and privilege.
Her outside interests included foreign and domestic trips, hiking, reading, poetry and music. She had a life-long love for animals and her legendary long road trips were her passions, especially trips around Australia, New Zealand, and hikes through the Rocky and Smokey Mountains. She has now returned to “The place from where she came” of which she often spoke lovingly.
A funeral service will be held at Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church (4823 Woodlawn Dr, Little Rock, Ark. 72205) officiated by Dr. Jeff Hampton, on Friday, February 2, 2018 at 1pm followed by a burial at Forest Hills Memorial Park (10200 Hwy 5 N, Alexander, Ark. 72002).
Memorials may be made in Dorothy’s name to Arkansas Hospice Foundation (14 Parkstone Cir, North Little Rock, Ark. 72116) or to Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Ruebel Funeral Home. An online condolence book is available at www.ruebelfuneralhome.com
–––––❖––––– CHRISTOPHER DA’QUAN ARNOLD, 17, of Little Rock, Ark., transitioned on January 29,
2018. He was preceded in death by: father, Robert Arnold; paternal grandparents, Cleveland and
Josie Arnold; grandfather,
Leroy Jackson; uncle, Emmitt Arnold.
Christopher leaves to cherish memory: daughter, Kayden Arnold; mother, Kanesha (Donald) Harris; siblings, Kenneth (Pamela) Arnold, British, Kayla, Marqueisha, Marquachun, Daniel, Christian and Madeline Arnold; nine nieces, nephews, four great-nephews, two great-nieces; step-mother, Pauline Arnold; god-sister, Pamela Arnold; and a host of family and friends.
Services entrusted to Robinson Mortuary, 1201 Dr. MLK Jr. Drive, Little Rock, AR (501) 3710111. “Service You Can Trust.”
–––––❖––––– KENOSHA BRADLEY, 38, of Little Rock, Ark., transitioned on January 30,
2018. She was preceded in death by: grandparents, Lee Eagle, Pearline Eagle and Beatrice
Kenosha leaves to cherish her memory: five children, Jamerra Drone, Larry Drone, Cameron Bradley, Jaylin Drone, Kendrick Washington; parents, Diane Lee and Norman Bradley; siblings, Jonathan Lee, Laquita Bradley; a host of family and friends.
Family Hour: Friday, 5:30 -6:30 p.m. at Robinson Mortuary-NLR. Funeral: Saturday, 1:30 p.m., at First Baptist Church, 811 S. A. Jones Drive, NLR. Pastor William L. Robinson, officiating. Services entrusted to Robinson Mortuary, 4511 E. Broadway, NLR, Ark. (501) 374-0111. “Service You Can Trust.”
–––––❖––––– CHRISTOPHER EARNEST, 67, of Little Rock transitioned January 26, 2018. Survived by children, Carla Wiseman (Dennis), Shirlena
Bruce), Shanell Cartwright (Laquinta); siblings, Elisha
Earnest Jr. (Patricia), Jerome Earnest, Leveda Earnest, Frederick Earnest, Lane Earnest (Debbie), Ricky Earnest (Donna), Vincent Earnest, Kenneth Earnest, Harrell Earnest (Christina), Darrell Earnest (Devonia), Eric Earnest, Lonzella Earnest, Christine Bean (John), Rosemary Ellison (Michael), Sandria Smith (Thaddeus), Vivian Livingston (Tony), Alice Earnest, Rita Owens, Norma Earnest, Erma Earnest, David Star, Christine Star, Carrie Star, Brenda Star; 13 grandchildren; aunts, Elva Knox, Lee Ellen Thomas; uncle, Wheeler Scott.
Family Hour, February 2, 2018 5:30-7 p.m. Greater 3/4 Baptist Church. Funeral Service: February 3, 2018, 1 p.m. Holly Grove Gymnasium, Holly Grove, Ark. Services entrusted to Gunn Funeral Home, 4323 W 29th, Little Rock, Ark. (501) 660-4323.
–––––❖––––– LORETTA HENDERSON, 101, of Little Rock, Ark., passed away on January 27,
2018. The wife of the late John
Jr. Her survivors include: five children, two sons, Charles Henderson and Kenneth Henderson, three daughters, Gloria (Alvester) McFadden, Constance McFadden and Millicent (Richard) Fowler all of LR, Ark.; 12 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren, two cousins and host of nieces and nephews.
Home going services will be Saturday, February 3, 12 noon, at Liberty Hill Missionary Baptist Church, 1215 South Schiller Street, Little Rock, Ark. Visitation: Saturday, 11 a.m. – 12 noon prior to the service, at the church.
Arrangements by: Ruffin & Jarrett Funeral Home, 1200 S. Chester St., Little Rock, Ark. 72202 (501) 372-1305.
–––––❖––––– JANICE ANN HENSLEY, age 70, of Sherwood, passed away January 28, 2018. She was born in Detroit, Mich., on June 5, 1947. She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Leona Rockwood. Janice is survived by her husband of 45 years, Ted; two sons, Teddy B. Hensley, Jr (Terri Griffith) and William W. Hensley (Robin); and grandchildren, Natalie, Kyleigh, Aden, and Aven.
Cremation arrangements entrusted to A Natural State Funeral Service, Jacksonville, 501-9823400. www.anaturalstatefuneralservice.com.
–––––❖––––– ALBERTA DANIEL HIGGINS, 88 of Little Rock, Ark., passed peacefully from this world on Tuesday, Jan.
23, 2018. A celebration of her life will be Thursday, Feb.
1, 2018, 11 a.m. Visitation will be Today, Jan.
31, 2018, 1-4 p.m., both services at Ruffin & Jarrett Funeral Home, 1200 S. Chester St., Little Rock, Ark. (501) 372-1305.
–––––❖––––– PATRICIA LEE HUFF, 81, of Alexander, passed away January 29, 2018. She was born in Little Rock, Ark.,
August 1, 1936, to Kenneth and
Aline Dock Britt.
Patricia was a member of First Missionary Baptist Church of Mabelvale.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband of 58 years, Melvin Grogan Huff; and son, Ken Huff. She is survived by her two daughters, Vicki Smith (Mickey) and Terri Witt; five grandchildren; and five great- grandchildren.
A Mardi Gras celebration in Pat’s honor will be held Tuesday, February 6, 2018 at 2 p.m. at Pinecrest Funeral Home, 7401 Hwy. 5 North. Alexander, Ark. 72002. To sign the online guestbook go to www.pinecrestmemorialpark.com.
–––––❖––––– ROBERT “BIGBOI” HUNTER, 26 of North Little Rock passed January 22, 2018.
Loving memories left to parents: Mary
Robert Hunter; children:
Kaycen Hunter and Maycen
Hunter; grandparents: Earline Harris and Ollie Mae Hunter; sisters: Larita Hunter, Samantha Hunter, and Robin Hunter. Visitation: February 2, 2018, 6-7 p.m. at Superior. Homegoing celebration February 3, 2018, 1 p.m. at Grace Baptist Church, 408 N. Walkers Corner Rd., Scott, Ark. Superior Funeral Services, 5017 E. Broadway, North Little Rock (501) 945-9922. Online guestbook www.superiorfuneralservices.com. Trudean Long Brown “Providing Services Your Family Deserves.”
–––––❖––––– WENDELL LEE JACKSON SR., 70, of Little Rock, Ark., transitioned on January 26. He was preceded in death by: his daughter, Niyokia Jackson; parents: John
L. and Rosy
Jackson and a sister, Rosetta Johnson. He leaves to cherish memories: wife, Barbara Jackson; children, Wendell Lee Jackson Jr., and Tonya Jackson; granddaughter, Jasmine Lewis; sister, Yvonne Anderson, a host of other relatives and friends. Visitation: Saturday, 9:30-11 am and Service at 11 a.m. both at Robinson Mortuary Chapel-LR. Services entrusted to Robinson Mortuary, 1201 Dr. MLK Jr. Drive, Little Rock, Ark. (501) 371-0111. “Service You Can Trust.”
–––––❖––––– RICHARD HAY McKINNEY JR. died on January 29, 2018 surrounded by his loving family.
Dickie was born
January 8, 1946 to Ann Plunkett McKinney and Richard Hay McKinney, Sr. in
Little Rock, Ark..
Dickie was predeceased by his mother and father, Ann P. and Richard H. McKinney, his first wife, Mary Keatts Cox McKinney; his son, Richard H. McKinney III; his sister, Ann “Bebe” McKinney Deal; brothers-in-law, Pinkney M. Deal and Frank Preston Hall Jr.; and beloved grandparents, Annie Holmes and Charles Plunkett and Theda and Roy McKinney.
He is survived by his son, Frank Cox McKinney, wife, Shannon Gorman McKinney; grandson, Keatts Gorman McKinney and his sister, Marilyn “Tinsy” McKinney Hall. He is also survived by his nieces and nephews, Debbie Deal Wyman, Elizabeth Deal Miller, Frank Preston Hall III and David McKinney Hall.
You could hear Dickie coming, and he could light up a room. Dickie was notorious for his big laugh and living life to the fullest. He loved cooking, fishing, hunting and spending summers on Lake Hamilton and Lake Catherine. Like his mother, he really loved playing gin. He was a collector of friends, and his friendships spanned many generations. He was a member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity and the Country Club of Little Rock.
Dickie enjoyed a 40+ year career in real estate starting at Rector Phillips Morse, where he was a member of the Million Dollar Club several times before becoming sales manager for the company. He and Larry Taylor opened the doors of McKinney & Taylor in 1976. After a lengthy selection process, in 1983, Coldwell Banker selected him to become their independent broker in Little Rock, establishing Coldwell Banker McKinney & Co. as the first franchise for Coldwell Banker in the state of Arkansas. In 2002, Dickie returned and finished his career at Coldwell Banker RPM. He was highly respected in his field for his real estate knowledge as well as his mentoring and training of many Little Rock realtors who have become successful realtors in their own right.
Dickie was a member of the National Association of Realtors, Arkansas Realtors Association and the Little Rock Realtors Association. He was a member of the Little Rock Jaycees and while serving as President, was instrumental in opening the first prison chapter of Jaycees at Tucker prison, one of the first such programs in the country. He was also a member of Rotary International Club #99. Dickie’s love of the Little Rock community included organizing years of toy drives benefiting Toys for Tots.
The family would like to express their sincere thanks to Dr. Dean Kumpuris, Dr. Andrew Kumpuris, Dr. Stephen Tucker, Teresa Perkins and Arkansas Hospice for their loving care of Dickie during his last days.
Celebration of Dickie’s life will be held Friday, February 2 with a 10 a.m. graveside service at Roselawn Memorial Park followed by a service at Second Presbyterian Church, 600 Pleasant Valley Drive at 11 a.m. Family visitation will be held Thursday, February 1 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Country Club of Little Rock.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be made to Access Schools at accessgroupinc.org, 10618 Breckenridge Drive, Little Rock, Ark. 72211 or a charity of your choice. Arrangements are under the direction of Ruebel Funeral Home, www.ruebelfuneralhome.com.
–––––❖––––– CLARENCE MONTGOMERY was born March 10, 1952. He passed away January 23,
2018. The Family will receive
Friends February 2, 2018 from
6 til 7 p.m. at the
Funeral Services will be held Saturday, February
3, 2018, 11 a.m.
First Baptist Church Woodson, 24100 North Barton Street, Woodson, Ark. Services entrusted to Premier Funeral Home, 1518 S. Battery St., Little Rock, Ark. 72202.
–––––❖––––– JOAN ELIZABETH NAHLEN passed away January 27, 2018. She was born on Dec. 14, 1948, the third child of
(Bill) and Otillia
Joan was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Michael, and Michael’s son, William Russel Nahlen. She is survived by three siblings, Anita Castleberry (Jim), Patrick Nahlen, and Carmen Long; her sister-in-law, Charlotte (Charli) Nahlen; five nephews; three nieces; and several great nieces, nephews, and many, many cousins.
Joan graduated from Mt. St. Mary Academy in 1966. She attended St. Vincent School of Nursing & graduated in Feb. 19, 1969, two months after her 20th birthday. In June 1969 she passed states boards & was officially a registered nurse.
She worked at St. Vincent on the coronary care step-down unit until 1974. She then worked at the Arkansas Heart Association as assistant director of High Blood Pressure Control.
In 1975 she began working for noted cardiologist Dr. Ben Price. In 1984 she left work to be her mother’s caregiver for the next four years. It was at this time that her own health began to decline. She became unofficially retired at that time.
Special thanks to her cardiologist Dr. Aravind Nemarkommula (Dr. Rao) and her nephrologist Dr. Prajwal Chevireddy (Dr. Chevi), Dr. Robert Rice, and Jim Westbrook, for taking care of our 4-legged friends for so many years. These men definitely added time to her life.
[Joan says]: Special thanks to my brother Pat (Mr. Fixit), and my best friend and sister Carmen, for always being there for me. Also my favorite Rent-AKids, Zach and Lauren Long, and my personal pharmacist & good friend Lynn Hailey.
Joan was a retired nurse and life-long Catholic. She was a member of the Cathedral of St. Andrew in downtown Little Rock. She enjoyed tennis, motorcycling, gardening, and canning. She took care of the many flowers and shrubs that were planted by her mother, many of which are 40+ years old. She devoted her life to healing and helping others in Christ’s love. She will be fiercely missed.
In place of flowers make donations to Little Rock Animal Village, 4500 Kramer Street, Little Rock, 72204. Visitation will be held at Griffin Leggett Healey & Roth Funeral Home on Thursday, February 1st, from 5-6:30 p.m.,
followed by a rosary. Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. on Friday, February 2nd, at Cathedral of Saint Andrew, 7th and Louisiana Street, Little Rock, Ark. 72201. Please share stories and memories of Joan with her family at www.griffinleggetthealeyroth.com.
–––––❖––––– EARNEST LEMORRIS NEAL, 55, of Little Rock, Ark., transitioned on Jan.
20. Funeral: Friday, 10:30 a.m. at Robinson Mortuary-LR. Services entrusted to Robinson Mortuary,
1201 Dr. MLK
Jr. Drive, Little
Rock, Ark. (501) 371-0111. “Service You Can Trust.”
Dr. JOHN L. PHILLIPS, SR. was born on July 24th, 1929 in Almyra, Ark., the son of the late Robert L.
Phillips, Sr. and
Myrtle Garrison Phillips. He quietly entered into eternal life, surrounded by his family, on
John attended Immanuel High School in Almyra, Ark. He graduated from the University of Ark. Pine Bluff (formerly AM&N College), where he earned an undergraduate degree in Agricultural Science & Education before going on to Graduate School at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville where he earned a Master’s degree in Public School Administration. He later received the Doctor of Divinity degree from the Jackson Theological Seminary and continued professional development at Harding University School of Biblical Studies.
John confessed a belief in Christ at an early age, nurtured by his parents, he remained faithful to the Lord and his faith grew. Later, he was ordained into the ministry. His ministerial career spanned over six decades including pastorates at Almyra, Marianna, Stuttgart, Little Rock, North Little Rock and Conway, Ark. Through the influence of his friend, Bro. Johnnie Lawrence, John became a member of the Church of Christ. He served as an associate minister with the McAlmont Congregation, the East Side congregation and was the full time Minister at the Harrison and Willow Street church of Christ in Conway, Ark. In 2004, he came to the Central church of Christ in Little Rock, where he served faithfully as a Bible school teacher and Elder, until the end of his life. He enjoyed being an active member of the Senior Forerunner’s Life Stage Group, as well as the Prayer Team and Visitation ministries.
John, a veteran, served his country with the 5th Air Force Advanced, during the Korean War. He was discharged after finishing the last of his four years of duty at Moody Air Force Base in Valdosta, Ga. While stationed in Valdosta, he taught and assisted the administration of the Valdosta Public Schools during the day. It was during that time that he met a young schoolteacher named Rhunette, whom he married and began a loving partnership of 60 years. To this union, three children were born; Johnnetta, John, and Jennifer.
Dr. Phillips has a long and extensive career of educational service. He has served in every capacity during his educational career, from Classroom Teacher to Assistant Principal, High School Principal, Superintendent of School District, Associate Professor, Director of Upward Bound Program, College Administrator and President of Shorter College from 1980-1987. He was recruited by the State Department of Education to serve as Coordinator of the Ark. State Literacy Councils and later served as Independent Choices Enrollment Coordinator at DHS Division of Aging and Adult Services until retirement in 2001.
Dr. Phillips had deep roots in the community and throughout the Central Ark. area. Throughout his career he was actively involved in promoting the greater good through his association in various civic and community organizations.
John was a source of perpetual encouragement, a humble servant, a mentor and educator. He was a father figure to many, a quiet influential and effective leader. He sought to know others at their core and with a few questions, was able to help others see their mission. Most of all, he was a man of God, a devoted husband, a loving father, an adoring granddad and great granddad. We thank Our Heavenly Father for John and his loving wife, Rhunette; they were truly a wonderful example of faith, showing us that we can make it through the tough times and the good times of life by faith and the grace of God!
He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert & Myrtle Phillips, brothers Lincoln, and Robert Philips, sister Deloris Dawson and his loving wife, Rhunette Phillips. He was also preceded by a dear son-in-law, Shelly L. Kelly. He leaves to cherish his precious memory daughters, Johnnetta Kelly, and Jennifer Phillips-Pounds, son, John L. Phillips, Jr., (Valerie), grandchildren, April Ellis, Christopher Kelly, Jonathan Phillips, (Mia), John Marcus Phillips, (Kara), Paul Kimbrough, Jr., (Tina), Justin Pounds, Jayla Freeman, (Akil), and Jeremy Pounds. Additionally, six great-grandchildren, LaMya Kelly, Jillian Phillips, Jonathan Phillips II, Paul Kimbrough III, Seth Kimbrough, Noah George Phillips and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws and other relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be held at the Central Church of Christ, LR, Ark. at 11 a.m. Monday, February 5, 2018. Visitation will take place 10:30 a.m. and a family reception will be held at the church fellowship hall following the services.
Funeral services are entrusted to the Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home, (501) 982-2136. Sign online guestbook at www. mooresjacksonvillefuneralhome. com.
–––––❖––––– JOSEPH JACOB POLLOCK, 20 years old, died January 29, 2018. He was the son of Dr. Michael
Marion Pollock and Marcia Ellis
Joe attended Catholic High
School for Boys and later the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville and in
Little Rock. While in Fayetteville he was on the Dean’s List, the Chancellor’s List, and was invited and received into the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. He was successfully pursuing a degree in Engineering.
Joe and his older brother had an intense interest in rock music and with friends formed a band, playing the bass guitar, drums, and six-string in venues around Little Rock. They played at Whitewater Tavern, Vino’s, and once at Harvestfest in Hillcrest for $275, they used the money for music recordings. They played for several years until college came along and consumed most of their time. Joe was also adventuresome, sometimes to a fault. He tried a ski jump on Aspen Mountain one time with one of his more proficient friends and almost landed in the ER. Skateboarding and trick biking on his “little bike” would almost always result in scrapes and scratches. He enjoyed going to El Dorado to visit his cousins and family. An avid golfer, often times playing with his cousins but most of his enjoyment came from outdoor hunting adventures. He loved most the duck woods with his father (but most of all his favorite lab) where he would spend days exploring on 4 wheelers. He went deer hunting at age 14 and got a nice 8 point all by himself. He has hiked up every mountain in west Pulaski County. Joe was a truly warmhearted person, was devoted to his family, and was loved by the people close to him and to everyone that knew him.
Joe is predeceased by his maternal grandfather, Jacob P. Ellis, MD, a European theatre WWII veteran; and fraternal grandmother, Eileen Buerkle Pollock, an English monarchy enthusiast, he enjoyed countless games of gin rummy with her. Joe is survived by his brother, Michael Pollock, Jr., his uncle, Clarence F. Pollock, III, aunt, Harriett Pollock, cousins, William and Foster Pollock all from Little Rock; his uncle, James P. Ellis, cousins, Alexandra and Corrine from El Dorado; his aunt, Linda Crow, uncle, Robert Crow from Atlanta; his uncle Jack Crowder from Arlington, Virginia.
A funeral mass will be at Our Lady of the Holy Souls Catholic Church at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, January 31st. The family will greet friends immediately following the service in the foyer of the church. Arrangements under the direction of Ruebel Funeral Home, www.ruebelfuneralhome. com.
–––––❖––––– RUTH DELORES JACKSON PRUITT, 93, of Little Rock passed away on Wednesday, January 24,
2018. She was born September
19, 1924 in Little
Rock, Ark., to
John A. and Lillian Scott Jackson. Ruth was predeceased by her parents; three sisters,
Mary Elizabeth; three brothers,
John, Arron, and Nathan; husband of 77 years, Benny
Pruitt; three sons, Charles
John Nathan Pruitt, and Benjamin Leon Pruitt.
Mrs. Pruitt was educated in the Little Rock Public schools at Bush Elementary School, Dunbar Junior/Senior High School and Dunbar Junior College. She continued her education by enrolling in Philander Smith College and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree. Additionally, Mrs. Pruitt received a Master of Education degree from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. She didn’t stop there. She enrolled in Ouachita Baptist University, Arkadelphia, Ark., and graduated with a Master of Science in Education (with emphasis in reading). Mrs. Pruitt taught school at Carver Elementary School, Forest Heights Junior High School, Philander Smith College Upward Bound, and Central High School. She was a Certified Reading Specialist, K-12. In 1990, she retired, after 36 years of service in the public schools.
Survivors include her loving daughter, Lillian Pruitt Rutter (William) of Little Rock; eight grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, two devoted daughtersin-law, Caroline Pruitt and Judy Pruitt; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
The family would like to thank Baptist Home Health Network, Baptist Emergency Services, as well as Dr. Jasmine Brathwaite.
Mrs. Pruitt will be available for viewing Thursday, February 1, 2018, between 2-6 p.m., at the Ruffin & Jarrett Funeral Home, 1200 S. Chester Street, Little Rock, and on Friday, Feb. 2, 2018, at 10-10:30 a.m., at Greater Archview Baptist Church, 1720 W. 23rd Street, Little Rock.The Celebration of Life Service will begin at 10:30 a.m. Interment will be immediately following at the Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery.
EARL K. RICHARDSON, 78, of Little Rock, Ark. transitioned on January 27,
2018. He is preceded in death by his parents, step mother, grand parents, siblings; two sons, Charles Richardson, Gregory Ledguie; grandchildren: Destinee
Bailey and Earl Richardson III.
Earl K Richardson leaves to cherish his precious memories: his loving wife of 33 years, Lillis Richardson, children, Earl Richardson Jr. (Amber), Eric Threet, Melvin Richardson, Vernon Barnes, Rickey Richardson, and Mozelle Richardson, six daughters, Estella Patterson (Ray), Vicky Hendrix, Debra Callahan (Victor), Valerie Cheatman, Lillian Barnes, Felicia Bailey (Charlie); siblings, William Richardson (Edith) Charlene Jones (Joseph), Essie Clemmons (Gary), Dora Wilkins (Richard) a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends who will also cherish his loving memory.
Family Hour: Friday, 6:15- 7:15 pm., at Robinson Mortuary-LR. Service: Saturday, 11 a.m., at Pilgrim Rest Missionary Baptist #3, 3801 Springer Blvd., Little Rock, Ark. Services entrusted to Robinson Mortuary, 1201 Dr. MLK Jr. Drive (501) 371-0111. “Service You Can Trust.”
–––––❖––––– JAYCE LEE ROLLEN of Little Rock, Ark. transitioned on January 26. He leaves to cherish memories: parents: Frank Rollen and Tamara Jones; a host of other relatives and friends. Graveside Service: Friday, 11 a.m. at Arkansas Memorial Gardens-Babyland. Services entrusted to Robinson Mortuary, 4511 East Broadway, North Little Rock, Ark. (501) 374-0111. “Service You Can Trust.”
–––––❖––––– HELEN KAY BATEY SCHAEFER, 70 passed away on January 27, 2018 at Hospice Home Care in Little Rock, Ark. surrounded by loved ones. Helen was born December 9, 1947 in Blytheville, Ark. to Thelma and Bill Batey.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Thelma and Bill Batey; brothers, Herbert Batey, Billy Ray Batey, Jessie Louis Batey; sisters, Shirley Hawthorn and Eva Jo Weir. She is survived by her loving companion, David Huffman of the home; two sons, Bobby Phillips of Missoula, Mont., Shep (Erin) Schaefer of Tallahassee, Fla.; two daughters, Jeannie (Mark) Blaney of Nokomis, Fla., Sonia Schaefer of Tallahassee, Fla.; stepson, Adam Huffman of Paradise, Calif.; five grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; two sisters, Cathey (Ron) McCullough of Heber Springs, Becky (Joe) Wyland of Pocahontas; one brother, Doyle (Deborah) Batey of Beebe, Ark.; along with many nephews and nieces.
Visitation will be Thursday, February 1, 2018 from 1-2 p.m. at McNabb Funeral Home Chapel with a funeral service immediately following at 2 p.m. with Doyle Batey officiating. Burial will follow in Gravesville Cemetery.
–––––❖––––– NANCY ANN STERLING, 46, of Little Rock, Ark. transitioned on January 25,
2018. She was preceded in death by: mother, Patricia (Barron) Palmer; brother, Aaron
Harris Palmer; grandmother,
Lillie Mae Alexander.
Nancy leaves to cherish memories: husband, Ronald Sterling; children, Brandon Sterling, Sha’Kiem Sterling, Demeterius Sterling and Christopher Sterling; father, Jerry M. (Freddie) Palmer; siblings, Marcus and Anthony Palmer and Chenika Palmer; two special nieces, Shala Palmer and Taylor Surratt and a host of uncles, aunts, family and friends.
Family Hour: Friday, 5-6 p.m. at Robinson Mortuary-Little Rock. Funeral: Saturday, 1 p.m. at St. Peter’s Rock Baptist Church, 10914 Frenchmen Mountain Road, Cato, Ark. Services entrusted to Robinson Mortuary, 1201 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Little Rock, Ark. (501) 3710111. “Service You Can Trust.”
ELLA PERRENE CRAWLEY VAIL passed away peacefully on January 28, 2018, at the age of 94.
She is survived by her daughter, Janice Vail
Walther (Larry), of Little Rock; daughters-inlaw, Tammy Vail of Chattanooga, Tennessee and
Tiny Vail of Eudora, Arkansas; grandchildren, George W. “Bill” Walther (Tammy) of Little Rock; Don C. Vail of Austin, Texas; Amanda Walther Carswell (Justin) of Branson, Missouri; and Joy Vail Guilford (Brad), of Knoxville, Tennessee; great-grandchildren, Will and Luke Walther; Evie, Jack, John, Scott and James Carswell; and Charis and Cai Guilford; siblings, Jennisteen Washam of Bastrop, Louisiana; Avis Harrelson of Warren, Arkansas; Robert Crawley of Little Rock; Carolyn Sue Breazeal Warrington (Joe) of Clifton, Tennessee; Elizabeth Sharp of Arkadelphia, Arkansas; Alex Crawley (Dixie) of Fairfield Bay, Arkansas; and numerous beloved nieces and nephews in Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Tennessee. Ella was preceded in death by her parents, Alex and Velma Turner Crawley; her husband of 52 years, William Arnold Vail, Sr.; sons, William Arnold “Bill” Vail, Jr. and Otis Don Vail; granddaughter, Vivian Vail; sisters, Earlene Jackson and Clyda Faye Crawley; sisterin-law, Nell Crawley; and brothers-in-law, John Jackson, Hudie Harrelson, George Sharp, James Breazeal and Ben Washam.
Ella was born January 21, 1924 in Wilmot, Arkansas, the oldest of nine children. She and her siblings loved and cared deeply for one another, and the generations after have remained close. Ella rolled up her sleeves during WWII and joined the war effort as a telegraph operator for Missouri Pacific Railroad while her husband, Arnold, was serving with the U.S. Army in the Pacific Campaign. She worked over 25 years at Superior Uniform Group. Her kitchen was always warm with the smell of her famous biscuits and homemade jelly and preserves, and she served them graciously to countless visitors and houseguests who found themselves in need of a place to feel at home. She was an expert listener and made each one of her children and grandchildren feel like her favorite. Ella committed her life to Christ as a child and faithfully served the Lord throughout, devoting 75 years to teaching Sunday School at her home churches of First Baptist of Parkdale, Arkansas, then later, Geyer Springs Baptist in Little Rock. She was a farmer’s wife, a devoted mother and a treasured friend.
Please join the family for a celebration of her life, Saturday, February 3 at 2 p.m. in the chapel at Little Rock Funeral Home, 8801 Knoedl Ct. (NW corner I-630 and Barrow Rd.). Visitation will precede the service, beginning at 1 p.m. The Graveside service will be Sunday, February 4 at 1 p.m. at Parkdale Cemetery in Parkdale, Arkansas (Ashley County).
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made in Ella’s name to the Senior Ministries at Geyer Springs First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 31510, Little Rock, Ark. 72260. Arrangements by Little Rock Funeral Home, (501) 224-2200. Ella’s online guestbook may be signed at www.littlerockfuneralhome.com.
–––––❖––––– Retired Colonel DAURICE CORDELL VEST, 85, of North Little Rock, Arkansas, died peacefully on Sunday, January 29, 2018 at the Arkansas
Home, Heroes 3.
D. C. is survived by his wife, Ilse Vest, Sherwood, Ark., daughters Theresa (Floyd, Jr.) Jones, Denver, N.C., and Carol Griffin, Marion, Ark., son, Ronald (Jackie) Vest, Mammoth Spring, Ark., step children, Gale McVicker, Gary (Donna) Collier, and Rose (Allen) Sykes, Sherwood, Ark. and many loving grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and extended family.
Visitation will be from 6 until 8 p.m. at Griffin Leggett Rest Hills Funeral Home on Monday, February 5. Funeral services will be at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, February 6, at the funeral home with interment to follow at Arkansas State Veteran’s Cemetery at 11 a.m. To offer condolences and sign the Guestbook, go to www. griffinleggettresthills.com.
The Renowned Mother, National Evangelist, Loving Wife, Mother LOTTIE
M. WALKER, 91 departed this life January 27,
2018. She was preceded in death by the late Bishop L. T.
Walker was a mentor to many and a philanthropist. She served the Church of God in Christ as the Jurisdictional Bishop’s Wife for 43 years and as a Pastor’s wife for 60 years. She was also a national Evangelist, Minister of Music, District Missionary, Regional Evangelist Elect-Lady, and a prayer warrior. She was a founding member of Walker’s Temple Church of God in Christ and a radio personality for many years. She dedicated her life to the ministry of feeding the hungry and winning souls. “Ooh wee I’ve got a right to praise him”, was her motto that she shaped her life by.
Mother Walker leaves to cherish her memory: children, Superintendent L.T. (Mrs. Sandra) Walker Jr., Lydia T. Walker of Albany, Ga., Dr. Letha T. (Superintendent Gerald) Walker-Richardson, Lisa T. Walker, M. Ed., Archie (Marie) Lee Walker Jr., Minister Caleb E. (Lonnaika) Walker; siblings, Mr. Willie B. (Pauline) Jones of Pomona, CA, Issac Jones of Louisiana, Linda Madkin of Pine Bluff, Ark., and Helen Hawkins of West Memphis, Ark.; nine grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and a host of family and friends.
Family Hour: Friday, 6-8 p.m. Celebration of Life: Saturday, 11 a.m., both at Holy Temple Cathedral Church of God in Christ, 1322 South Pulaski Street, Little Rock;
Bishop Jewel R. Withers Jr. officiating. Services entrusted to Robinson Mortuary, 1201 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive (501) 3710111. “Service You Can Trust.”