John Fredrick Lawson, Sr.

John Lawson

John Lawson 68, of Scott, Arkansas departed peacefully on July 22, 2014. He retired with 21 years of service from ABF. He leaves to cherish special memories: his wife of 46 years, Opera Lawson; one daughter, Carolyn Brown; sons, Calvin Bailey, Melvin Proctor, Derrick Lawson, John Lawson, Jr. and Byron Lawson; father, Harvey (Denota) Brown; sisters, Jacquelyn, Yvonne, Kresandra, Sandra, Vicki, Lisa and Terri; brothers, Anthony, Vincent and Ronald and a host of other loving relatives.

A celebration of his life will be on Friday, August 1, 2014, 11:00 am, at Greater First Pentecostal Church, 5302 Hwy 161, NLR, AR. Visitation: Thursday, July 31, 2014, 6-7 pm, at Ruffin & Jarrett Funeral Home, 1200 S. Chester St. LR (501) 372-1305.

Ernestine Meadows Towns

Ernestine Towns

Ernestine Towns, 96, formerly of Little Rock, made her transition on July 26, 2014 in Olathe, Kansas. Mrs. Towns was the former owner of Velvatex College of Beauty Culture located in Little Rock on Martin Luther King Drive. The business was started by her mother in 1929, and at the time was the only school for people of color to train in hair styling and cosmetology. In 1942, Mrs. Towns joined her mother, and in 1954 became the owner when her mother retired. She was very community oriented, and served as a consultant for the Urban League, Philander Smith College, and several high schools. Her many affiliations included The Florence Crittenton Home, YWCA, Little Rock City Beautiful Commission, American Association of Estheticians, and numerous other organizations. Left to cherish her memory are son, Ronald (Teresita) Ferguson; granddaughter, Ashley Ferguson, other relatives, and numerous friends The Funeral Mass will be held Friday, August 1, 2014, 11am at St. Bartholomew Catholic Church, 1622 Marshall in Little Rock. Interment will follow at Haven of Rest Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday, July 31, 2014, 1-6pm at Ruffin & Jarrett Funeral Home, 1200 Chester Street, Little Rock. (501) 372-1305.

Beth Ruth Hamilton

Betty Hamilton

Betty Ruth Dyer Hamilton 89, of Sherwood, Arkansas passed peacefully July 19, 2014.

Preceded by her husband, Herman Hamilton, Sr. Survivors: son, Herman Hamilton, Jr.; daughter, Carolyn Myrie (Ruel); one brother, Fred Dyer, Jr.; her sister in law, Pearline Hamilton; one first cousin, George Dyer, Jr.; 4 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; 11 great-great grandchildren and a host of other special relatives. Home going services Thursday, July 24, 2014, 11:00 am, at Greater First Pentecostal Church, 5302 Hwy 161, North Little Rock, AR. Visitation: Today, July 23, 2014, 6-7 pm, at Ruffin & Jarrett Funeral Home, 1200 Chester St. LR (501) 372-1305. Interment will be on Thursday, July 31, 2014, 12:00 noon, at Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery, 1501 Maryland Ave., NLR, AR.

Cleo Marie Randle

Cleo Randle

Cleo M. Randle 72, of Little Rock, AR departed this earthly life on July 18, 2014. She was born October 1, 1941. She’s preceded in death by her father, Eugene Kincy; two brothers; two sisters; a son, Timothy Randle. She leaves to cherish special memories: her mother, Devessa Kincy; two daughters, Monique and Sharonda; step daughter, Barbara (Jerome); two brothers, Gene (Renate) and Robert; nine grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Funeral services will be Friday, July 25, 2014, 11:00 am, at Moody Chapel AME Church, 5630 Mabelvale Pike, Little Rock, AR. Interment will follow at Haven of Rest Cemetery. Visitation: Thursday, July 24, 2014, 2-5 pm, at Ruffin & Jarrett Funeral Home, 1200 S. Chester St. LR (501) 372-1305.

Clendetta Janell Chatman

Clendette Chatman

Clendetta “CJ” Chatman 56, of Little Rock, AR went to be with the Lord on July 01, 2014. She was born October 30, 1957 in Little Rock, Arkansas to the late A.J. Sr. and Jewelene Bonner. She was preceded in death by two brothers, A.J. Bonner JR and Jackie Bonner. She leaves to cherish her husband, Calvin Chatman; daughter, Ebony Chatman-Scroggins; and two grandchildren, Shaundreka Chatman and Dreshaun Doyne; three sisters, Andriette Bonner, Avis (Ulysses) Thames and Judy Kendell; two brothers, Sal (Melrita) Bonner and Jerrell Bonner; and a host of family and friends. Home going services will be on Saturday, July 12, 2014, 11:00 am, at Liberty Hill Baptist Church, 1215 S. Schiller Street, Little Rock, AR. There will be a viewing on Friday, July, 11, 2014, from 12:00-5:00 pm and a family hour from 6:00-7:00 pm at Ruffin & Jarrett Funeral Home, 1200 S. Chester Street, Little Rock, AR (501) 372-1305

 

Rita Rochelle Williams

Rita Williams

Rita Rochelle Williams 56, of Jacksonville, AR., departed this life on Wednesday, July 2, 2014. She leaves to cherish her memory: son, Deonne Williams; mother, Marvell Williams; brothers, Moses Williams, Jr., Garyl (Kimberly) Williams and Donald Smith; sisters, Daryl Swan, Diane (Warren) Dunbar, Gwendolyn Thompson and Victoria Smith and a host of other relatives. Funeral services will be on Saturday, July 12, 2014, 11:00 am, Mt. Araratt Baptist Church, 5417 Valentine Road, North Little Rock, AR. Interment will follow at Arkansas Memorial Gardens, NLR, AR. Family visitation will be Friday, July 11, 2014, 6-7 pm, at Ruffin & Jarrett Funeral Home, 1200 S. Chester St., Little Rock, AR (501) 372-1305.

Pearl Jones

Pearl Jones

Pearl Lee Mansker Jones 89, of Little Rock, AR., departed this life on July, 2014. Her loving survivors include: sons, Preston (Sherry) Harlston, Jr., Emmitt L. Currin, Sr., Rev. Donald R. Akins, Douglas (Pauline) Akins and Isaac (Beverly) Akins, Sr.; daughters, Gladys Pardue, Barbara Brown-Smith and Pamela (Michael) Stewart; 27 grandchildren; 31 great grandchildren; 3 great great grandchildren; 2 sisters, Mary (Eddie) Porter of Chicago, IL., and Dimple (Horace) Walker of Decatur, IL., other family and friends. Home going services will be on Saturday, July 12, 2014, 11:00 am, at Zion Hill Baptist Church, 7510 Hwy 365 South, Little Rock, AR. Interment will follow at Rest In Peace Memorial Gardens, Hensley, AR. Visitation: July 11, 2014, 7:30-8:30 pm, at Ruffin & Jarrett Funeral Home, 1200 S. Chester St. LR (501) 372-1305.

Willie Ann Holmes

Willie Ann Holmes

Willie Ann Holmes 71, of Little Rock, AR passed away peacefully on June 27, 2014. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Holmes, Jr. She is survived by son, Anthony Sean Holmes; and daughter, Annette S. Holmes; five brothers; four sisters and a host of in-laws, nieces, nephews and special friends. In lieu of flowers, send donations to Christway Missionary Baptist Church Youth Department.

A celebration of her life will be on Saturday, July 5, 2014, 11:00 am, at Christway Missionary Baptist Church, 4324 Potter Street, Little Rock, AR. Interment will be on Monday, July 7, 2014, 11:00 am, at Memphis National Cemetery, Memphis, TN. Viewing: Today, July 3, 2014, 1-5 pm, at Ruffin & Jarrett Funeral Home, 1200 S. Chester Street, LR (501) 372-1305.

Catherine Embry

Catherine Embry

CATHERINE MILES EMBRY 92, of Little Rock, AR departed this life June 23, 2014. She was preceded in death by her husband, Earl Embry; son, James Earl Embry; parents Paris and Sallie Miles; four brothers and four sisters.

She was a member of the Virginia Ray Missionary Society, Stewardess Board, Sunday School, and the Catherine Embry Adult Choir.

She leaves to cherish her memory; son, Herman Embry; daughters, Margaret Trezvant, Joanne (Alton) Nichols; four sisters, Alice (Willie) West of Sacramento, CA, Travistine Ackles of Los Angeles, CA, Helen Copeland of Richmond, CA, Cathleen Nelson of Little Rock, AR; 16 grandchildren, 30 great grandchildren, 8 great-great grandchildren and a host of family and friends.

Funeral: Saturday, July 5, 2014, 11:00 a.m., at Moody Chapel A.M.E. Church, Pastor Hezekiah Stewart, Jr. officiating. Burial will be at Rest in Peace Hensley AR. Viewing: Thursday, July 3, 2014, 1-5pm, at Ruffin & Jarrett Funeral Home, 1200 S. Chester St. LR (501) 372-1305.

Barbara Edwards

Barbara Jean Edwards 68, of Little Rock, AR., was called home June 29, 2014. She was born & raised Little Rock, AR.

Preceded in death by: husband, Robert D. Edwards, Sr.; son, Broderick D. Shavis; her parents, Beatrice Gardiner Thomas Tyson & Fred F. Tyson; and four siblings.

She is honored in memory by her children, Ricky Tyson, Regina Edwards-Record, Alan Tyson, Andrea Allen, Luciana Edwards & Robert Edwards Jr; her siblings and a host of grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, family & friends.

Funeral services will be held Monday, July 7, 2014, at 10am, at St. Paul MBC, 2603 Commerce St. Little Rock, AR. Interment will follow at Little Rock National Cemetery. Visitation services will be held Sunday, July 6, 2014, 5-6 pm, at Ruffin & Jarrett Funeral Home, 1200 Chester St.,

Little Rock, AR.