Willie Slater

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WILLIE SLATER, 73, of LR, Ark., passed away on March 7, 2017, at AR Heart Hospital. Mr. Slater was proceded in death by his parents, Shelby and Fannie Slater of West Helena, Ark.; his daughter, Stephanie A. Slater; and his siblings, Joseph H. Varner, Elizabeth Varner, Eunice Varner, Moyse Varner and Marie Gray.

He is survived by his children, Pamela Smith (Larry) of Little Rock, Ark., Will Muhammed (Sheryll) of Tampa, Fla., Cortrez Slater of Little Rock, Ark.., Reggion Slater of Michigan City, Ind., and Anthony Slater (Charanda) of Maumelle, Ark.; his sister, Louise Duncan of Helena, Ark., a host of grands, great-grands, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Viewing on Friday, March 17, 2017, noon-4 p.m., at Ruffin and Jarrett Funeral Home, 1200 Chester St., Little Rock, Ark. 72202, (501) 372-1305. Home going services will be held Saturday, March 18, 2017, 11 a.m., at Abundant Grace Christian Church, 9901 Leah Lane., Mabelvale, Ark. 72103. Interment will follow at Arkansas Memorial Gardens, NLR, Ark.

Imogene Smith

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Imogene Johnson Smith, 76, passed Tuesday, February 28, 2017, surrounded by friends and family. She was preceded in death by: her loving husband, John W. Smith, Sr.; a sister, Alberta Baker; three brothers, Milton Johnson, Wesley Johnson and Theodore “Big Man” Johnson. She is survived by: a daughter, Allison Johnson; grandson, Michael Johnson; sister, Johnnie B. Baker; step-son, Harold Gene Smith; and step-daughter Joyce Hawkins and a host of family and friends.

Viewing Friday, March 10, 2017, 2-4:00 P.M., at Ruffin & Jarrett Funeral Home, 1200 Chester St., Little Rock, AR. (501)372-1305.

Viewing will be at Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 908 Cross St., 9-10:00 A.M., Saturday, March 11, 2017. Funeral service follows this viewing. Interment at New Hope Cemetery, Holly Grove, AR.

 

 

Ella Chism

Ella Chism

Ella Mae Deffebaugh Chism 87, of North Little Rock, AR., passed March 5, 2017. She was preceded in death by her husband, Mashburn Bolden Chism, Sr.; son, Timothy Chism and both parents. She was a dedicated and loyal employee with Baptist Medical Center for many years. She’s survived by her loving children, Charles, Hobert, Sue, Bernidean, Gloria, Lavenia, Leatha and Lorraine Chism and a host of nieces, nephews, grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren.

A celebration of her life will be held Friday, March 10, 2017, 10 am, at First Baptist Church, 811 S A Jones Drive, North Little Rock, AR. Interment will follow at Little Rock National Cemetery. Viewing: Friday, 9-10 am, prior to service, at the church. Arrangements by: Ruffin & Jarrett Funeral Home, 1200 S. Chester St. LR (501) 372-1305.

Ella Chism

Ella Chism

Ella Mae Deffebaugh Chism 87, of North Little Rock, AR., passed March 5, 2017. She was preceded in death by her husband, Mashburn Bolden Chism, Sr.; son, Timothy Chism and both parents. She was a dedicated and loyal employee with Baptist Medical Center for many years. She’s survived by her loving children, Charles, Hobert, Sue, Bernidean, Gloria, Lavenia, Leatha and Lorraine Chism and a host of nieces, nephews, grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren.

A celebration of her life will be held Friday, March 10, 2017, 10 am, at First Baptist Church, 811 S A Jones Drive, North Little Rock, AR. Interment will follow at Little Rock National Cemetery. Viewing: Friday, 9-10 am, prior to service, at the church. Arrangements by: Ruffin & Jarrett Funeral Home, 1200 S. Chester St. LR (501) 372-1305.

Thomas Dorsey “T.D.” Bailey, Sr.

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Thomas Dorsey “T.D.” Bailey Sr.  73, was born April 1, 1943 to Sam & Eudora (Broyles) Bailey in Keo, AR. He was called home to be with the Lord on Wednesday March 1, 2017.

He was preceded in death by Hura Mae (Miller) his wife of 47 years; a son, Thomas Jr. (June), father, mother, 5 brothers and 4 sisters.

He leaves to cherish his memories; five children: Dannette Tabor, Eudora Bailey, Sharon (Charles) Bryant, Toney (Robbie) Bailey and Carmen Weaver; 18 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; one brother, James L. Bailey; two sisters: Erma Jean (Crawford) and Earlee Walker and a host of relatives and friends.

Visitation will be at 10 a.m., on Saturday, March 11, 2017, followed by funeral services at 11 a.m., at Union Valley Baptist Church, Hwy 70 & Hwy 15 North, Lonoke, AR. Interment: St. Matthews Baptist Church Cemetery 6411 South Kerr Road, Scott, AR. Services are entrusted to: Ruffin & Jarrett Funeral Home, 1200 Chester St., Little Rock, AR (501) 372-1305.

 

Curley Edmond Ford, Sr.

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Curley E. Ford 83, of Little Rock, AR., passed peacefully on February 20, 2017. He graduate from Philander Smith College. Curley thought school at JC Cook and Eastside High School in Menifee, AR and retired from the Department of Workforce. Curley was a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. He is survived by his children, Orlando Ford of Chicago, ILL., and Joe Gregory Hale of Los Angeles, CA; brothers, Robert Ford, Hosea Ford (FeEaster), and Leodis Ford; sisters, Glenner Ford (Toney), Lizzie Nichols, Gloria White (Robert), Genice Bowles, Ester Settles and a host of nephews, nieces, other relatives and friends.

Funeral services: Saturday, March 4, 2017, 11:00 am, at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church, 1900 Simpson Street, Little Rock, AR. Viewing will be Saturday, 10-11 am, prior to the service, at the church. Visitation: Friday, 12-4 pm, at Ruffin & Jarrett Funeral Home, 1200 S. Chester Street, Little Rock, AR. (501) 372-1305. Interment with honors will be Monday, March 6, 2017, 11:00 am, at Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery, 1501 Maryland Ave. NLR, AR.

Sandra Faye Pitts

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Sandra Faye Pitts 42, of Little Rock, AR., departed this life February 21, 2017. She leaves to cherish her memories: husband, Albert Pitts; mother, Ella Mae Grant; father, W. G. James; three sons, Emmanuel Lewis, Jonathan and Christopher Martin; three stepchildren, Jason, Desiree, Jasmine Pitts; two sisters, Sonia Williams and Tina Grant of Little Rock, AR; a very special cousin, Evelyn White and a host of other relatives and friends. Funeral services will be held Thursday, March 2, 2017, 11:00 am, at South Temple COGIC, 2623 S. Arch Street, Little Rock, AR. Interment will follow at Elmlawn Cemetery. Family hour: Wednesday, March 1, 2017, 6-7 pm, at Ruffin & Jarrett Funeral Home, 1200 S. Chester St. Little Rock, AR.

Bertha McGee

Jessicia Lynne Turner 29, passed away February 20, 2017. She was a graduate of Sylvan Hills High School and UAPB. She was previously employed at UAMS.

Jessicia leaves to cherish her devoted and loving family: parents, Jeffery and Carol Turner; sisters, Jennifer (Stanley) Nash and Jennisha (Chigozie) Turner-Uduezue; grandparents, Willie and Doris Clay and Pearlean Turner; uncle, Ken (Kim) Clay; Aunt, Jennifer Davis; nieces, Sasha and Samantha Nash.

Services will be held Saturday, February 25, 2017, 3 pm, at The Church at Rock Creek, 11500 W 36th, Little Rock, AR 72211. Visitation will be Friday, February 24, 2017, 6-7 pm, at Ruffin and Jarrett Funeral Home, 1200 S Chester, Little Rock, AR 72202. (501) 372-1305. The family will be at 820 W 16th, Little Rock.

 

Iopal Daniels

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Iopal Lovice Richardson Daniels 95, of Little Rock, AR was called to her Eternal Home on February 12, 2017. She was preceded in death by her parents, Dave Richardson; and Lota Arnold Richardson; brother, Oscar Richardson; maternal grandmother, Alice Arnold, who raised her; and husband, David Daniels, Sr., after marriage of 26 years. She accepted Jesus Christ as her Personal Savior at the age of 12. She loved and served the Lord faithfully. She and the Holy Bible were inseparable, and she joyfully shared God’s Word with others. She was a Strong Prayer Warrior! She was a faithful, dedicated member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church since 1945. She retired after 22 years of outstanding service to the education profession, as an Elementary School Teacher from the Pulaski County Special School District, Which included 10 years in the Lonoke County School District. She leaves to cherish her memories: 2 children, Loualice I. Daniels, of Little Rock, AR., and Dr. David H. Daniels, Jr. of California; 5 grandchildren, David Henry Daniels (Shelia), Dorothy Jean Daniels, Doreen Jeanette Daniels-Oates (Vernon), Dan Daniels (Lorri) and Dora Jane Daniels-Holden (Craig) all of California; 10 great grandchildren, Jasmine, Jada Iopal, Hanna, Harper, Owen, Olivia, Orlando, David Hayden, Lu Yi, Dane and a host of other relatives and friends. Special thanks and appreciation is extended to the entire staff and nursing rehabilitation at Good Shepherd for their compassionate, comprehensive care, to my mother for 5 years. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, February 18, 2017, 11 am, at Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 908 Cross Street, Little Rock, AR. Visitation will also be Saturday, 10-11 am, prior to the funeral at Mt. Zion Baptist Church. Arrangements by: Ruffin & Jarrett Funeral Home, 1200 South Chester Street, Little Rock, AR. (501) 372-1305.

Sarah Henry

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Sarah C. Henry departed this Earth on Monday morning, February 13, 2017 in Little Rock.  She was 78 years old.

She was born on January 11, 1938 in Smackover, Arkansas to Bessie Mae and Moses Calloway.

Sarah C. Henry is survived by her children, Michael R. Calloway and Sandra L. Henry; her sister, Dorothy Welch (Jay); and brother, Leroy Calloway (Emily); 4 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.

She was a graduate of AM & N in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, where she received her Bachelor’s degree in education.

Sarah C. Henry began her teaching career in the sixties. She began her teaching career at Forest Heights Jr. High, teaching middle school English. After many years, she transferred to Parkview High School, teaching high school English. She retired from teaching in 2005.

She was very passionate about teaching, and was an active member of many professional organizations – the  National Education Association, the Arkansas Education Association, the Arkansas Retired Teachers Association, the National Council of Teachers of English, and the AR Council of Teachers of English Language Arts.

Sarah C. Henry was a very dedicated member of Canaan Missionary Baptist Church and Immanuel Baptist Church for many years.

Visitation will be Friday, February 17, 2017, 6 – 7 p.m., at Ruffin & Jarrett Funeral Home 1200 S. Chester St. Little Rock, AR (501) 372-1305.

Services will be Saturday, February 18, 2017, 11:00 a.m., at Canaan Missionary Baptist Church, 1700 State Street, Little Rock, AR. Interment will be Tuesday, February 28, 2017, 11:00 am, at the Arkansas State Veteran’s Cemetery, 1501 Maryland Ave. NLR, AR.