Samuel Wofford

Dr. Samuel Wofford 67, of Little Rock, AR passed away, November 13, 2014. His education started in Arkansas Public School System in Cotton Plant, Arkansas, He received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology and Chemistry from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, formerly AM&N College. His Medical Technology degree was earned at the Veterans Administration in Little Rock, Arkansas, and a Doctor of dental surgery degree was awarded from Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry in Nashville, Tennessee. Dr. Wofford worked as a dentist for over thirty seven years in private practice. He was a retired Lieutenant Colonel from the United States Air Force. His prior careers included: The Arkansas Children’s Colony in Alexander, AR, teacher of Biology and Math in the Arkansas Public School system in Carthage, Arkansas, a Medical Technologist for the Veteran Administration in Kansas City, Missouri and Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee, and the Director for the dental unit for the United States Air Force (LRAF Base) in Jacksonville, Arkansas.Dr. Wofford was preceded in death by his mother, Mrs. Rosie Wofford Shearrod and his grandparents, who reared him: Reverend Byas and Mrs. Birtha Wofford and one sister, Ms. Sharon Shearrod, Anchorage, Alaska. He is survived by: his loving and devoted wife, Shirley Wofford; two sons, Timothy (Valarie), Cabot, AR and Anthony, GA.; three grandsons, Akiemian, Davis and Zachary; siblings, Dr. Lois Wofford Harlston, Madison, TN, Mrs. Irma Shearrod-Owens (Kenneth) San Pablo, California, Mr. Ambrose Shearrod, Chicago, Illinois, Mr. Basil Shearrod, Cotton Plant, Arkansas, Ms. Naomi Shearrod, Anchorage, Alaska, Ms. Lamoune Shearrod, Anchorage, Alaska and Mr. Zephaniah Shearrod, Chicago, Illinois; His memory is also cherished by close family friends Hubert and Katy Jackson of Gulf Port, MS., and a host of nieces and nephews.Home going services will be on Thursday, November 20, 2014, 11:00 am. Family hour: Wednesday, November 19, 2014, 6-7 pm, both services at Christway Missionary Baptist Church, 4324 Potter Street, Little Rock, AR. Interment with honors will be on Friday, November 21, 2014, 10:00 am, at Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery, 1501 Maryland Ave. NLR, AR. Arrangements by: Ruffin & Jarrett Funeral Home, 1200 South Chester St. LR (501) 372-1305.

 

Eric Yancey Powell

Eric Powell

Eric Yancey Powell 51, of Little Rock, AR made his transition from his earthly life on November 11, 2014, in Chicago, Illinois. He was born in Little Rock, Arkansas on August 24, 1963, to Lucious and Edith Powell.

He leaves to cherish his memories: his parents, his daughter, Erica (Terrance) Smith and granddaughter, Jaidah; Detroit, Michigan; his sister, Karen (Allen) Lawrence and niece, Faith, Norcross, Georgia; nephew, D.J. Adams, San Diego, California; a special friend, Valarie Thompson, Chicago, Illinois and a host of other relatives and friends.

The Family Hour will be held on Thursday evening, November 20, 6-7 pm and the Funeral Service will be held on Friday, November 21, at 11:00 a.m., both services will be held at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church, 1400 Ringo Street, Little Rock, AR. Services entrusted to Ruffin and Jarrett Funeral Home, 1200 Chester Street, LR, (501) 372-1305.

Nellie M. Edwards

Nellie M. Edwards

Nellie M. Edwards 82, of Little Rock, AR was born December 13, 2014 and passed Thursday, November 13, 2014, surrounded by her family. Preceded in death by her husband, Willie Edwards; both parents; one brother and one sister. She’s survived by five children, Brenda Bland, Rita Coakley (Brian), Charles Clay, Beverly Dickson and Kevin Edwards (Linda) all of Little Rock, AR; two sisters, Ersie McClendon and Ollie Akins; 15 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews and many friends. Home going services Friday, November 21, 2014, 10:00 am, at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, 6803 Lancaster Rd, LR. Interment will follow at Little Rock National Cemetery. Viewing: Thursday, November 20, 2014, 6-7 pm, at Ruffin & Jarrett Funeral Home, 1200 S. Chester St. Little Rock, AR (501) 372-1305.

Walter Earl Hunter

Walter Hunter

Walter Earl Hunter 79, of Little Rock, Arkansas passed peacefully on November 15, 2014. Walter was a longtime employee at Ruffin & Jarrett Funeral Home. His loving family include: wife, Mary F. Hunter; daughters, Velda A. Hunter and LaShane Greene; one son, Darrell Bell; three grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, other family and special friends. A celebration of his life will be held Saturday, November 22, 2014, 2:00 pm, at Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church, 105 N. Smothers Ave. North Little Rock, AR. Interment will follow at Rest In Peace Memorial Gardens, Hensley, AR. Visitation: Friday, November 21, 2014, 12-6 pm, at Ruffin & Jarrett Funeral Home, 1200 S. Chester St. LR (501) 372-1305. Sign Walter’s online guestbook @ruffinjarrett.com.

William Simpkins

William Simpkins 65, of Richmond, California formerly of Little Rock, AR., passed October 21, 2014. He was a former employee of the Veterans Administration Hospital for 16 years. . He’s preceded in death by both parents; and his daughter, Ava C. Berry. Survived by: four daughters and two sons. Services will be held Saturday, November 15, 2014, 11:00 am, at Ruffin & Jarrett Funeral Home, 1200 S. Chester Street, Little Rock, AR (501) 372-1305.

Michael Edwin Brown

Michael Brown

Michael “Hustler” Brown 58, passed away peacefully on November 9, 2014. Michael is preceded in death by his parents, Herman and Jeanette Brown of North Little Rock, AR.  His survivors are two brothers, Kenneth Brown of North Little Rock, AR and Anthony Brown of Cypress, CA; two sisters, Rhonda Gilbert and Karen Young (Harold) of Sherwood, AR; two nephews, six nieces, and seven great nieces and nephews.

Home going services will be on Saturday, November 15, 2014, 11:00 am, at Eighth Street Missionary Baptist Church, 821 North Hickory St., North Little Rock, AR. Interment will follow at Arkansas Memorial Gardens, NLR, AR. Family viewing: Friday, November 14, 2014, 12-6 pm, at Ruffin & Jarrett Funeral Home, 1200 S. Chester St., Little Rock, AR (501) 372-1305

 

 

Clarence Clinton Rhodes, Sr.

Clarence Rhodes, Sr.

Clarence Clinton Rhodes, Sr., 92, of North Little Rock, AR made his transition from this earthly life on November 6, 2014 to be with the Lord.  He served in the United States Army during World War II and retired in 1976 from Fort Roots Veterans Hospital after 34 years of service.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Josie Mae Barber Rhodes; parents, Johnnie Rhodes, Sr. and Ida Mae Crutchfield Rhodes; daughter, Mable Jean Rhodes Dawson; son, Clarence C. Rhodes, Jr.; siblings, Johnnie Rhodes, Jr., Elijah Rhodes, Sr. and Bestella Rhodes Martin; two sons in law, Charles Grind and Angelo Taylor; and grandson, Marlo Taylor.  He was the oldest male member of King Solomon Baptist Church.  He leaves to cherish his memories; children, Kathy Grind, Dorothy (Billy, Sr.) Dillard, Jeanette Taylor, Harold (Erma) Rhodes, Marilyn (John) Green, William Lamond (Deborah) Rhodes and Sharon (Dennis) Roby; son-in-law, Rev. Leonard Dawson; daughter-in-law, Shirley Rhodes; sisters, Ida Adams and Myrtle Crump; 16 grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren, one great-great grandchild, nephews, nieces, cousins and friends to celebrate his life.  Family Hour on Friday, November 14, 2014, 6-7 p.m., and Funeral Services on Saturday, November 15, 2014, 11:00 a.m., both held at King Solomon Baptist Church, 1304 Pine Street, North Little Rock, Arkansas.  Burial on Monday, November 17, 2014, at 11:00 a.m., Little Rock National Cemetery, 2523 Confederate Blvd., Little Rock, AR.   Services entrusted to Ruffin and Jarrett Funeral Home, 1200 S. Chester St. LR (501) 372-1305.

 

Willie Mae Abernathy

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Willie Mae Abernathy, 87, of Little Rock went to be with the Lord, October 27, 2014. She was born on January 6, 1927 to the late Fred and Annie Mae Oliver.Survivors include: 7 children: Veda Sims, Reginald (Shirley) Abernathy, Denny (Rose) Abernathy, Tressie (Don) Stout, Tyra Abernathy, Heidi Lovelace and Chonney Abernathy; She was a proud and loving grandmother of 21 grandchildren; great-grandmother of 38; and great-great grandmother of 7; one brother, Lawrence Oliver.  Visitation will be 12pm-5pm, Wednesday, November 5th at Ruffin and Jarrett Funeral Home, 1200 S Chester St, Little Rock, AR, 72202 (501) 372-1305. Home going services will be held at 11am, Thursday, November 6th at St. Mark Baptist Church, 5722 W. 12th St, Little Rock, AR 72204. Interment will follow at Rest In Peace Memorial Gardens, Hensley, Arkansas.

 

 

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.