Ida B. Thomas, 80 of Little Rock, AR went to be with the Lord on August 25, 2014. She served as a private home worker for over 30 years. Preceded in death by: two sons, Henry D. and Bobby L. Thomas; sister, Willie Mae Diggins; and one brother, Herman Wilkins. Survivors include her loving and devoted husband of 60 years, Henry Thomas; sons, Floyd Washington and Larry F. Thomas; daughter, Gloria J. Thomas; 5 grandchildren; 6 great grandchildren and 3 great great grandchildren; sister, Julia Mae Lane; aunt, Aretha Johnson; and a host of family and friends. Home going services will be on Saturday, August 30, 2014, 11:00 am, at St. Peters Rock Baptist Church, 2201 Brown St. Little Rock, AR. Interment will follow at Rest In Peace Memorial Gardens, Hensley, AR. Viewing: Friday, August 29, 2014, 1-6 pm, at Ruffin & Jarrett Funeral Home, 1200 S. Chester St. LR (501) 372-1305.
Mae Lene King 85, of Little Rock, AR departed this life Tuesday, August 19, 2014. Mrs. King was a resident at Pleasant Valley Nursing Home. She was preceded in death by her late husband Reverend Thomas C. King; and one son, Elder Prentice T. King. She’s survived by: her two sons, Christopher T. King and David D. King both of Little Rock, AR; three daughters, Mablene Offord Phoenix, AZ., Carolyn Henry Little Rock, AR., and Rose Woodruff Arlington, TX. Funeral Services will be held Saturday, August 30, 2014, 11:00 am, at Agape Church, 701 Napa Valley Drive, Little Rock, AR. Family hour will be Friday, August 29, 2014, 6-7 pm, at Ruffin & Jarrett Funeral Home, 1200 S. Chester St., Little Rock, AR (501) 372-1305.
Kim Donita Durham 53, of Maumelle, Arkansas and Montclair, New Jersey, departed this life on Friday, August 1, 2014. Survivors include: her youngest son, Trooper Tolbert; her father and 4 siblings. She’s predeceased by her eldest son, Michael Devon Marshall. A Memorial services will be held Wednesday, August 27, 2014, 10:00am, at Payne Chapel AME Zion Church, 1710 Rock St, Little Rock, AR 72206. Arrangements by: Ruffin & Jarrett Funeral Home, 1200 Chester St. LR (501) 372-1305.
Carlos Brooks, 59, of Little Rock passed away August 8, 2014. He was a life- long musician, and will be truly missed. Survivors are his children, Tomora Sanders, Cameron Warren, and Nathan Nowden. The family hour will be 5pm on Sunday, August 10, 2014 at Ruffin & Jarrett Funeral Home, 1200 Chester St. in Little Rock. Carlos’ funeral service will be held Monday, August 11, 2014, 10am, at Canaan Missionary Baptist Church, 1700 State St. in Little Rock. Interment follows at Pinecrest Cemetery.
Franklin Wiggins, 83, of Little Rock passed away on July 31, 2014. Daughter, Kim Wiggins preceded him. He will be greatly missed by his: wife, Elsie Wiggins; children, LaFranz, Andre (Judith), Carey, Dayonne, and Courtney Wiggins, and Chrisma Holiday (Eugene); grandchildren, Kenya, Nicole, D’Antay, Phillip, Kiana, Grant, Kimberly, and Courtney; great grandchildren, Danielle, Miles, and Jasmine; siblings; ;and a host of nieces and nephews living in Atlanta, Georgia. Mr. Wiggins’ funeral service will be Wednesday, August 6, 2014, 11am, at Greater Archview Baptist Church, 1720 West 23rd St. in Little Rock. The viewing will be Tuesday, August 5, 2014, 1-5pm, at Ruffin & Jarrett Funeral Home, 1200 Chester Street, Little Rock. (501) 372-1305. Interment will be In Atlanta, Georgia at Lincoln Cemetery.
Vera Nunley Benningfield, 73, of Little Rock, transitioned on July 30, 2014. She was preceded by her parents, Obray and Idella Nunley and sister, Sharon Kay Tidwell. Left to cherish her memory are: children, King Benningfield Jr. (Rosie), Credell Jordan (Richard), Lonnie Benningfield, and LaTonya Benningfield; sisters, Flossie Lightner, Tina Green, and Jennifer Hicks; brothers, Marion Ray Torrance, Obray Nunnley, Jr.(Cynthia), James Nunnley (Denise), Robert Jones (Charmaine),and Jerry Jones;ex husband, King Benningfield; fourteen grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and a host ofnieces and nephews. The family hour will be Tuesday, August 5, 2014, 6-7pm. Her funeral service will be Wednesday, August 6, 2014, 11am. Both services will be held at Ruffin & Jarrett Funeral Home, 1200 Chester Street, Little Rock,(501)372-1305.
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 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.
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 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.