Bettye J. Thomas

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Betty Jo Thomas 75, of Little Rock, AR., passed away peacefully on Tuesday, September 13, 2016. Her loving survivors include: one daughter, Tshia Newsome; one son, Anthony Green; three sisters, Berniece Caldwell, Ella Clay and Helen Washington; brothers, Charles Washington and King Washington, Jr. and a host of other relatives and friends. A celebration of her life will be on Saturday, September 24, 2016, 11:00am, at St. Peter Baptist Church, 3518 W. 7th Street, Little Rock, AR. Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park, 2801 Asher Ave. LR. Viewing: Friday, September 23, 2016, 12– 4:30 pm, at Ruffin & Jarrett Funeral Home, 1200 South Chester St. LR (501) 372-1305.

Bettye J Harris

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Betty J. Harris 68, of Little Rock, AR departed this life on September 17, 2016. She was preceded in death by parents, Sylvester and Dorothy Blue; brothers, Sylvester Jr. and Roderick Blue. She’s survived by Doris, Sandra Kay, Barbara and Carol Blue, Willie, Robert, Riley and Steve Blue; a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives. Home going services will be Saturday, September 24th, 11:00 am. Interment will follow at Mt. Zion Cemetery, College Station, AR. Viewing: Friday, September 23rd, 1-4 pm, both services at Ruffin & Jarrett Funeral Home, 1200 S. Chester St. LR (501) 372-1305.

Malik Mumit

 

 

 

malik-mumitMalik A. Mumit 45, of Little Rock, Arkansas passed away on September 17, 2016. His survivors include wife, Shunika Mumit; children, Malea Mumit, Nia Mumit, Cameron Henson, Douglas Bennett and Diya-Al-din Bennett; mother and stepfather, Ella and Lewis Gilbert; brothers, Marcus Gilbert and Steven Gilbert; grandmother, Bernice Floyd; a host of aunts and cousins. Funeral Services will be on Saturday, September 24, 2016, 11:00 am, at Greater Second Baptist Church, 5615 Geyer Springs Rd., Little Rock, AR. Interment will follow at Rest In Peace Memorial Park, Hensley, AR. Family visitation: Friday, September 23, 2016, 6-7 pm, at Ruffin & Jarrett Funeral Home, 1200 S. Chester St., Little Rock, AR (501) 372-1305.

Ora Lee Scott

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Ora Lee Johnson Scott, 83, of Little Rock, Arkansas transitioned on Friday, September 9, 2016. She was born in Winchester, Arkansas on February 1, 1933 to the late Limmie Johnson, Sr. and Letha Montgomery Johnson McCarrell. She was preceded in death by her husband, Hollis Scott, Jr.; stepfather, Abraham McCarrell; five brothers and two sisters.  She leaves to cherish her memories, children, Curtis Harris (Theresa), William Harris, Sr., Rhonda Willis, Mildred Willis, Gwendolyn Johnson (Albert, Jr.), Kimberlyn Lewis (Carl, Sr.), Hollis Scott, III (Ashley), and Tina Jackson (Broderick, Jr.) all of Little Rock; siblings, Richard McCarrell (Geneva), Maple Lowe (John, Sr.) of Mitchellville, and Willie McCarrell (JoAnne) of Little Rock; twenty-three grandchildren, and a host of great grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.  The family would like to express our sincere gratitude to Ms. Erica Porter, and Ms. Kim Garlington for taking such great care of our Mother. A celebration of her life will be held Saturday, September 17, 2016, 11:00 am, at Greater Second Baptist Church, 5615 Geyer Spring Road, Little Rock, AR. Interment will follow at Elmlawn Cemetery. Arrangements by: Ruffin & Jarrett Funeral Home, 1200 S. Chester St.LR (501) 372-13

Michael Eugene Hendricks

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Michael Eugene Hendricks 63, of Little Rock, Arkansas born in Magnolia, Arkansas on December 9, 1952, passed September 2, 2016. Born and raised in the C.M.E. Church. He was the son of the late Rev. M.L. Hendricks and Mrs. Della Mae Hendricks. Survivors are wife, Zandra; sons, Michael, Erik and Marques; siblings, Barbara, Malvin, Geniece and Ruth Jean; 10 grandchildren and one great grandchild; play sister, Diane Howley (Clemont) and a host of relatives and friends. A memorial service will be Friday, September 16, 2016, 11:30 am, at Ruffin & Jarrett Funeral Home Chapel, 1200 S. Chester St., LR (501) 372-1305. Interment will follow with honors at Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery, 1501 Maryland Ave. NLR, AR.

Ella Mae Henderson

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Ella M. Henderson 83, of Little Rock, AR passed away peacefully on September 7, 2016. Her loving survivors include: children, Reginald (Dorothy), Vanessa Holt, Irving (Cathy) and Marvin (Aniece); brothers, Eddie, Charles and Robert Yancy; sisters in law; 21 grandchildren; 25 great grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews. Home going services will be held Friday, September 16, 2016, 11:00 am, at Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church, 8815 W. 34th St. LR. Interment will follow at Haven of Rest Cemetery. Family visitation: Thursday, September 15, 2016, 6-7 pm, at Ruffin & Jarrett Funeral Home, 1200 S. Chester St. LR (501) 372-1305.

Ann Jenell Hurd

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Ann Jenell Hurd of Little Rock, Arkansas, 74, a beloved mother, sister and grandmother, passed away on Sunday, September 11, 2016.

Born in Casscoe, Arkansas, Ann was a 1959 graduate of Immanuel High School in Almyra, Arkansas.  She was a 1962 graduate of Philander Smith College where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education.  Additionally, she received a Master of Science degree with an emphasis in reading from Ouachita Baptist University in 1983.

Ann was a lifelong educator passionate about improving the reading fluency and comprehension skills of all students.  She worked in the Little Rock School District for 38 years until her retirement in June 2003.

She is survived by her sister, Shirlene King Joyner of Little Rock, Arkansas; daughter, Gigi Hunt of Missouri City, Texas (Wyndell); daughter, Khristi Maxwell of Little Rock, Arkansas and grandchildren: Skylar Hunt, Robyn Winston and Kason Maxwell.

Ann was a faithful member of Liberty Hill Baptist Church in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, September 17, 2016, 10:00 am, at Liberty Hill Baptist Church, 1215 S. Schiller St., Little Rock, Arkansas.  Family hour will be held Friday, September 16, 2016, at 7:30-8:30 pm, at Ruffin and Jarrett Funeral Home, 1200 S. Chester St. LR (501) 372-1305.

Ethel Lee Russell

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Ethel Lee Smith Russell 87, of Little Rock, AR passed away peacefully on September 2, 2016. She leaves to mourn her passing her children, Charles Russell of NLR, AR., Sherida Russell of Houston, TX., James Russell of Little Rock, AR., Debora Russell of LR, AR., Gloria Russell of Carrollton, TX., Crystal Russell of LR, AR., and Essie Mae Robinson of Springfield, Ill; twin sister, Effie Lee Smith of NLR, AR., and Annie Mae Dobson of Fort Worth, TX; along with grand and great grandchildren and relatives. Home going services will be held Saturday, September 10, 2016, 10:00 am, at Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church, 850 Atkinson Street, North Little Rock, AR. Interment will follow at Rest In Peace Memorial Gardens, Hensley, AR. Family visitation: Friday, September 9, 2016, 6-7 pm, at Ruffin & Jarrett Funeral Home, 1200 S. Chester St. LR (501) 372-1305.

Arlee Young

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Arlee Young, Sr. 79, formerly of Dumas, Arkansas departed this life Tuesday, August 30, 2016, at West Markham Sub-Acute Rehab Center in Little Rock.

He is survived by a son, Arlee Young, Jr. of Little Rock, AR; daughters, Betty J. Hill of Miami, FL., Desiree L. Dade of Conway, AR; two step daughters, Pamela Smith and Kathy Daniels of Scott, AR; one step son, Randy Allen of Dumas, AR; four brothers, DC Young, Sr. and Curtis Young both of Dumas, AR., Charles Lane of Bakersfield, CA., and Willie Lane of Little Rock whom preceded him death; three sisters, Willie B. Bones of Michigan City, IN., Sally Mae Coleman and Erma Jean Magee both of Yuba City, CA., a host of grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and close friends.

A memorial service will be held Friday, September 9, 2016, 11:00 am, at Ruffin & Jarrett Funeral Home, 1200 South Chester St., Little Rock, AR 72202 (501) 372-1305

Bernice H. Pearson

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MRS. BERNICE H. PEARSON, 95, of Little Rock, passed peacefully on August 24, 2016, surrounded by her loving family. She was born April 6, 1921 in Pottsville, Ark., to the late Robert and Mazie Sudduth Holland. She relocated to Little Rock in 1945 with her husband, the Rev. Thurloo Pearson Sr., who preceded her in death.

She is survived by her beloved children: the Rev. Bettye P. Lewis, Barbara P. Carpenter (Raymond), Priscilla “Jackie” Pearson, Thurloo Pearson Jr.; Boyce N. Pearson (Vera); and Marva D. Pearson; loving grandchildren: the Rev. Dr. Tamara E. Lewis; Latonia Allen; Kristin Lewis-Schwaiger (Werner); Raymond Prince Carpenter Jr.;Thurloo Pearson III; and Aisha Pearson; three precious great grand-children; a devoted brother; four loving sisters; three faithful sisters-in-law; many loving nieces, nephews and other relatives; loving caregivers, Jackie Holloway and Carlus Walker; Miles Church family; and many faithful friends.

A Celebration of Life service will be held Friday, September 2, 2016, at 10 a.m., at Miles Memorial CME Church, 1804 East Capitol Ave., Little Rock, Ark., with the Rev. Richard Stokes officiating. Interment will be at Little National Cemetery, 2523 Springer Blvd., Little Rock, Ark. Family and friends are asked to gather at the church Friday at 9:30 a.m. Visitation will be Thursday evening, September 1, 2016, 6-7 p.m., at Ruffin and Jarrett Funeral Home, 1200 Chester Street, Little Rock, Ark. 72202. (501) 372-1305.