Rosena Neasley

Rosena Neasley

Rosena Croon Neasley 90, of North Little Rock, AR., passed October 21st. She’s survived by sons, Johnny, Wallace (Delores), Chester, Lynwood, Rickie (Karen), Kenneth, Cedric and Mark Croom; daughters, Eula Covington (James), Jerrylyn Croon and a host of grand and great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, sisters, Octavia Price, Sadie Thomas, Dorothy Wright; sisters in law, Cecil Pennington and Frances Croom. Home going services will be Saturday, October 25, 2014, 11:00 am, at Eastern Star Baptist Church, 2700 E. 2nd Street, North Little Rock, AR. Interment will follow at Haven of Rest Cemetery. Family visitation: Friday, October 24th, 6-7 pm, at Ruffin & Jarrett Funeral Home, 1200 S. Chester Street, Little Rock, AR (501) 372-1305.


Mildred Loving

Mildred Loving

Mildred Jones Loving of Little Rock, AR., departed this life on October 14, 2014. She’s preceded in death by three children, Raymond Jones Jr, Ronald Jones, and Carolyn Bryant. Survived by three daughters: Barbara (Isaiah) Stewart, Laverne Glass and Deborah Jones a host of other relatives and friends. Home going services will be October 25, 2014, at 11:00am, at New Light COGIC, 5919 Round top Dr. NLR, AR 72117. Interment will follow at Pinecrest Memorial Park, 7401 Hwy 5 North, Alexander, Arkansas. Arrangements by: Ruffin & Jarrett Funeral Home, 1200 S. Chester St. Little Rock, AR. (501) 372-1305.




Lee Rene Frazier


LEE RENE FRAZIER of Little Rock, Ark. was born on Aug. 31, 1946 in Washington, D.C. to Charles and Doretha Stewart Frazier. He passed peacefully at his home in Little Rock, Ark. on Oct. 16, 2014. Lee was born in Washington, D.C. and grew up there and in New Orleans, La.

Lee graduated from Archbishop John Carroll High School in Washington, D.C. While at Archbishop Carroll, he achieved many distinctions in the areas of track and field and basketball. After graduation, Lee returned to New Orleans to care for his grandmother, Eliza Smith. Upon his return, he reconnected with the charming and beautiful Deborah Ann Lombard. When Deborah was a young girl sitting on the front porch of her Aunt Carmelite’s house, she would see Lee riding by on his bicycle. She resolved not to talk to that “trouble-making little boy,” but thankfully for their children, they reconnected as teens and the rest is history. They were married on Aug. 24, 1968. And as Lee is fond of saying, they have been married for 46 years and have five beautiful daughters.

In 1965, Lee was recruited by Loyola University of New Orleans for his academic and athletic accomplishments. He was asked to integrate their basketball team which he proudly did. He later earned his masters at Tulane University, School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. He did an administrative internship at Charity Hospital in New Orleans, La. After graduation, at 24 years old, Lee was appointed by Gov. Edwin Edwards to be the first African American, the first non-physician and the youngest administrator to direct Charity Hospital. His appointment to Charity Hospital earned national recognition including a feature article in Ebony Magazine. Lee served as chief executive officer for some of the largest medical centers in the country, including Charity Hospital, New Orleans; Harlem Medical Center, New York; New Orleans General Hospital (the former Sarah Mayo) and Provident Medical Center, Chicago. In addition, he was an executive at St. Vincent Infirmary, Little Rock; Jefferson Regional Medical Center, Pine Bluff; Arkansas Heart Hospital, Little Rock; St. Vincent Rehabilitation Hospital, Sherwood; and Valir Rehabilitation Hospital, Oklahoma City. He was also appointed by Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee as Director of the Arkansas Department of Human Services.

Lee served on the faculties of University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, College of Public Health; University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Health Services Administration; University of Arkansas, Graduate Business; Roosevelt University, Department of Health Services; Cornell University Department of Health and Policy Management; Louisiana State University, School of Medicine and Tulane University, School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.

Lee was elected to the Louisiana House of Representatives, where in 1983 he authored the repeal of the notorious “One-Drop Rule.” The One-Drop Rule was a state established mathematical formula requiring anyone having one 30-second or more of “Negro blood” to be designated as colored. His legislation gained international attention.

In Little Rock, Lee has been appointed as vice chairman, Pulaski County Facilities Board (Alltel Arena); Commissioner, Arkansas Economic Development; president, Little Rock Heart Association; treasurer, Little Rock Port Authority; chairman, Credential Committee, Arkansas Medical Board; member, Federal Reserve Bank of Little Rock; member, Arkansas Symphony Orchestra and member, Union Rescue Mission Board. He previously served as chairperson for the Diocese of Little Rock School Re-organization Committee.

Lee was a member of several civic, social and religious organizations, including: Knights of Columbus; Paul Harris Fellow, Rotary International; Pi Boulé; American College of Healthcare Executives; Alumni, Leadership Little Rock. He took great pride in supporting his wife as a Connecting Link. He is a longtime member of Christ the King Catholic Church in Little Rock, Ark.

Although he seemed an imposing figure at 6 feet, 8 inches, Lee was known for his generosity, kindness and big heart. He cared deeply for all of his patients and employees throughout his life and went out of his way to make all of them feel valued and important as children of God.

But more important to Lee than any of his professional accomplishments, recognitions or awards was his family. Quite simply, his family was his reason for living. He and Deborah have been madly in love for more than 46 years. His greatest delight was in taking care of his wife and his five girls: Michelle, Bridgette (Mark Sims), Adrienne (Doug Ierley), Yvette and Juliette. They were the light of his life. He loves his girls fiercely and they all love their daddy. All of them to various degrees are daddy’s girls. He taught them all the importance of loving and trusting the Lord and the importance of family. Lee showed his girls through words (of which there were many, especially during the teenage years) and deeds the importance of kindness, character and how a husband should treat his wife.

Besides Deborah and the five girls, his immediate family includes his grandchildren, Lee Isaac, Isabella, Spencer, Ava, Aiden and Steele. His large extended family includes his “brother” Alex Selico Henderson Dunn, his many sisters and brothers-in-law, including Maurice, Judy, Tony, Stephen, Patrice, Byron, Elton and Corey, who he loved as his own brothers and sisters. He is preceded in death by his parents Charles and Doretha Frazier and Grace and Anthony Lombard.

It wouldn’t be fair to say he left them behind; indeed he trained them up well in the way that they should go, and he has gone ahead of them to pave the way home. (He really was always looking out for and taking care of his family).

A Funeral Mass and burial will be held in his home city of New Orleans. His family will hold a Memorial Mass for Lee at 1 p.m. with a rosary at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014 at Christ the King Catholic Church, located at 4000 N. Rodney Parham, Little Rock. They will have family hour on that same day at Ruffin & Jarrett Funeral Home, 1200 S. Chester St., Little Rock, AR (501) 372-1305 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. A program will be held from 11 to 11:30 a.m.

His family will miss his warmth, generosity and love, but are gratified by the thought that St. Peter has met him in the Light saying, “Well done good and faithful servant, well done.”


Alpha “Ronnie” Neal

Alpha Neal

Alpha “Ronnie” Neal 47, of Little Rock, AR passed peacefully on October 4, 2014. He was a member of 34th Street MBC in Little Rock.   He was employed with the Kimberly Clark Corporation for over 20 years. His survivors include: wife, Linda Neal; daughters, Caelyn and Ciristen Neal; mother, Betty Davis; father, Ivory Neal; sisters, Paula Porter and Latonya Davis; brother, Earl Neal; mother & father in law, Lawrence and Jeanette Robinson and a host of other loving relatives and special friends.

A celebration of Ronnie’s life will be held on Saturday, October 11, 2014, 11:00 am, 34th Street Missionary Baptist Church, 911 W. 19th Street, Little Rock, AR. Interment will follow at Pinecrest Memorial Park, Alexander, AR. Family hour will be on Friday, October 10, 2014, 6-7 pm, at Ruffin & Jarrett Funeral Home, 1200 S. Chester St., Little Rock, AR (501) 372-1305.


Teresa Cunningham

Teresa Cunningham

Teresa Vashti Cunningham of Little Rock, AR passed away Tuesday, September 23, 2014. Her survivors are one sister, Mrs. Dorothy E. McDonald of Little Rock, AR; a niece, Pastor Cecelia Morse of Lynwood, CA; cousins, Rev. John Smith, Jr. of Columbus, OH and Rev. Gean Smith, Sr. of Pottstown, Penn; sister in-law, Mrs. Betty Wells Ford of Orange, CA; cousin, Mrs. Gwen Swan of Dallas, TX; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Home going services will be held on Thursday, October 2, 2014, 11:00 am, at Shiloh Seventh Day Adventist Church, 2400 S. Maple St., Little Rock, AR. Officiating Pastor James Roberts. Interment will follow at Haven of Rest Cemetery. Services entrusted to: Ruffin & Jarrett Funeral Home, 1200 S. Chester St. Little Rock, AR (501) 372-1305.


Grace Lee Brockman

Gracie Brockman

Gracie L. Brockman 65, transitioned peacefully September 29, 2014. She was born in Keo, Arkansas to the late Andrew & Letha Brockman who preceded her in death. Her survivors include: one brother, Willie C. Brockman; one uncle, Emanuel Brooks, Sr., and a host of other relatives and friends. Home going services will be held on Saturday, October 4, 2014, 11:00 am, at Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church #3, 3801 Springer Blvd., Little Rock, AR. Interment will follow at Haven of Rest Cemetery. Family hour: Friday, October 3, 2014, 6-7 pm, at Ruffin & Jarrett Funeral Home, 1200 S. Chester St., Little Rock, AR. (501) 372-1305.

Betty Lou Williams

Betty Williams

Betty Lou Williams 67, of Little Rock was born July 16, 1947 and departed this life on September 26, 2014. She leaves to cherish her memories granddaughter, LaToya Geter; brother, Deodis Williams Jr.; and sister, Patricia Browning. She’s preceded in death by: daughter, Romunda Owens; both parents, Dienetter Romine and OD Herman; brother, Everette Romine and grandparents, Horace and Ora Carrigan. Home going Celebration services will be Saturday, October 4, 2014, at 11:00 am. Family hour will be Friday, Oct. 3, 2014, 6-7 pm, both services at Ruffin & Jarrett Funeral Home, 1200 S. Chester St. Little Rock, AR 72202. (501) 372-1305



Felicia Michelle Black

Felicia Black

Felicia Michelle Black 42, of Alexander, Arkansas passed peacefully on September 17, 2014. Her survivors include: son, Jairius Demetrius Black; daughter, Marlicia Treophia Black; mother, Treophia Black; father, Paul Black all of Little Rock, AR; and a host of other loving family and friends. A celebration of her life will be Friday, September 26, 2014, 10:00 am. Interment will follow with honors at Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery, 1501 Maryland Ave. NLR, AR. Viewing: Thursday, September 25, 2014, 2-5 pm, both services at Ruffin & Jarrett Funeral Home Chapel, 1200 South Chester St. Little Rock, AR (501) 372-1305.

William Henry Woods, Sr.

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Dr. William Henry Woods, 83, of Little Rock, Arkansas passed away Thursday, September 18, 2014. He was born June 17, 1931 in Marion, Arkansas to Joe and Nancy Woods, as one of twin boys. He was preceded in death by wife of twenty-five (25) years, Mrs. Margaret Webb Woods.

He was raised in Marion, AR and is a product of Marion Public Schools where he graduated from Phelix High School in 1950. When he graduated high school, he and his twin brother headed for Little Rock to attend Philander Smith College. He received a B.S. Degree from Philander Smith College in 1954, a M.S. Degree from Atlanta University in 1957, and Ph.D. in Zoology from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville in 1973.

Dr. Woods was the first black graduate student to be admitted to the graduate program in Anatomy at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) and the first to receive a Ph.D in Zoology at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. He was also the first black professor in the School of Arts and Sciences of the University. Once Dr. Woods completed his educational training, he returned to Philander Smith College where he joined the college faculty as a full-time member. He served at Philander Smith for upwards of 40 years and only recently retired as full time faculty in 2012.

Dr. Woods was also the owner of Uncle T’s Food Mart located on the corner of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Daisy Bates Dr. in Little Rock. Because of the early exposure to the food retail business through a store owned by his uncle and aunt in Sunset, AR, the family felt a deep conviction to invest in such a business in Little Rock. In the late 1960’s, his late brother Willie and his late wife Margaret purchased what was then named Braswell’s Mini Market. A new facility was later constructed in the mid 1970’s and renamed Uncle T’s in honor and memory of the one who started it all, Uncle Tillman Green.

He was a proud and dedicated member of Canaan Missionary Baptist Church for over 40 years and was a member of the June Club and served faithfully on the Board of Trustees for many years until his death.

Dr. Woods will be deeply missed by his children, William H. Woods, Jr., Ronald B. Woods, Sr. (Freda), and Dr. Jerrye A. Woods; grandchildren, Ronald B. Woods, Jr., Margaret N. Woods, and Nicholas J. Woods; sister-in-law, Milgret J. Woods; one aunt, Lillian Hatch of Chicago, IL; two nephews, Clifford Hawkins of Little Rock and Charles Hawkins of Atlanta, GA; two nieces, Rosie L. Freeman (Lee) and Gloria Ann Robinson of Milwaukee, WI; cousins Jean Brown of Marion, AR, John Hatch of Berkeley, CA, and Bill Hatch (Shirley) of Chicago, IL; and several great nephews, great nieces, cousins, and a host of friends, colleagues, and former students.

Family Hour will be Friday, September 26, 2014, 6:30 -8:00 pm, at Canaan Missionary Baptist Church, 1700 State Street, Little Rock, AR. Home Going Services will be Saturday, September 27, 2014, 11:00 am, at the M.L. Harris Auditorium (Fine Arts Building) on the Campus of Philander Smith College, 900 W. Daisy Gatson Bates Dr., Little Rock, AR. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to: “Canaan Missionary Baptist Church Building Fund”. Services entrusted to: Ruffin & Jarrett Funeral Home, 1200 South Chester St., Little Rock, AR 72202.

George Wilfred Brown

George Brown

George W. Brown, 71, passed away peacefully on September 9, 2014 in Sacramento California. His survivors are Gladys C. Brown; daughter, Cecile Brown-Madden; son, George A. Brown; step daughter, Shelain Evans; his sister, Barbara Brandon; 7 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren; a niece and a nephew and a host of family and friends. A Memorial Service will be held on Monday, September 22, 2014, 10:00-10:30 a.m. at Ruffin and Jarrett Funeral Home, 1200 S. Chester St., Little Rock, AR (501) 372-1305. Interment will follow with honors at the Arkansas State Veteran Cemetery, 1501 Maryland Ave., North Little Rock, Arkansas. Repast will be at Friendly Chapel Church of the Nazarene in North Little Rock, AR