Erma Lee McQueen Lane

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Erma Lee McQueen Lane 97, of North Little Rock, AR., made her transition from this earthly life on November 29, 2016. She worked at Missouri Pacific Hospital as a young adult. She was a pillar of her neighborhood and community. She was preceded in death by her husband, the love of her life, Mr. James Lane; parents, Harge McQueen and Lula Sanders; son, Henry Earl “Dickey” Thomas; son in laws, Rev. Frank Evans and Clarence Rhodes, Sr.

She attended First Baptist Church and served as chairperson for the youth, Sunday school member and member of Mission Society as well as prayer warrior serving on the mother’s board until her health failed.

She leaves to cherish her memories: daughter, Mable Jean Thomas Rhodes; grandson, Richard Thomas (Shirley), Roderick Thomas; step children loved as her very own, Willa Evans, Pauline Martin, Alton Lane, Arthur Lane (Flora); daughter in law, Lois Jean Martindale Thomas; grandchildren, Sharon Roby (Dennis), Erma Maria Thomas, Reginald Thomas, Edward Thomas and a host of other grandchildren whom she loved dearly; great grandchildren, Tiffany Roby, Tianna Roby also including other great grandchildren as well as great great grandchildren. All of her family were very special including her nieces, nephews and cousins, Aretha Aycox, Delois Davis (Wardell), Elizabeth Rhodes, Joyce Fagan, Lillie Ann Lawrence (Charles). She will be missed dearly by her many friends and family. Visitation: Monday, December 5, 2016, 10-10:45 am, at First Baptist Church, NLR. Funeral Services: Monday, December 5, 2016, 11:00 am, at First Baptist Church, 2015 Main Street, North Little Rock, AR. Dr. D. L. Richardson, Pastor. Interment will follow at Haven of Rest Cemetery. Arrangements by: Ruffin & Jarrett Funeral Home, 1200 S. Chester Street, Little Rock, AR (501) 372-1305.

Luther Wilburn Rodgers

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Luther (Luke) W. Rodgers 71, of North Little Rock passed Thursday, November 24, 2016. He was born February 18, 1945, in Coy, AR to the late George and DeEsther Rodger, Sr. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by three brothers, Henry, James and Arthur Rodgers.

He is survived by his wife, Thelma Rodgers; two daughters, Monique Miller of Sherwood, AR and Shannon Rodgers of North Little Rock; five brothers, George (Gloria) Rodgers Jr. and Ralph (Janet Rodgers both of North Little Rock, AR., Chester (Eva) Rodgers of Aurora, IL., Homer (Allene) Rodgers of Gravel Ridge, AR and Will (Debra) Rodgers of Pine Bluff, AR; four sisters, Deola (Booker) Martin of Kerr, AR., Equata Johnson of Aurora, IL., Florene Thomas of Pine Bluff, AR and Rose (Ken) Jones of Sherwood, AR; three grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, December 3, 2016, 11:00 am, at New Dora Baptist Church, 317 Jamison Ave., North Little Rock, AR. Interment will follow at Rest In Peace Memorial Gardens, Hensley, AR. Viewing: Friday, December 2, 2016, 1-5 pm, at Ruffin & Jarrett Funeral Home, 1200 S. Chester St., Little Rock, AR (501) 372-1305

Evelyn Loreen Stout

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Evelyn Osler Stout of Little Rock, AR was born July 7, 1957, in Little Rock, Arkansas to Lee and Estella Osler. God called her to her heavenly home on November 19, 2016.

Preceding her in death were her parents; and a brother, Samuel Osler.  Evelyn is survived by her daughter, Rebekah Rahn; her brothers, Jimmy Osler, Ezell Osler, and Benjamin Osler; and grandchildren Rahnzell Rahn, Christopher Dukes, Amber Watson and Iryana Watson.

Evelyn was a Navy veteran.

Home going service will be Friday, December 2, 2016, 11:00 am. Interment will follow with honors at Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery, 1501 Maryland Ave., NLR, AR. Viewing: Thursday, December 1, 2016, 1-5 pm, both services at Ruffin & Jarrett Funeral Home, 1200 S. Chester St., LR (501) 372-1305.

Freddie Ray Craig

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Freddie R. Craig 66, of Little Rock, AR., passed peacefully on November 23, 2016. Survivors include: wife, Mary; son, Brodrick of Atlanta, GA; siblings, Mary (Robert) Hunter of Raleigh, NC, Garland (Janet) Craig of Greensboro, NC, Carla Craig of Fayetteville, AR and a host of other relatives and friends.

Home going services will be Saturday, December 3, 2016, 11:00 am, at Longley Baptist Church, 9900 Geyer Springs Road, LR. Interment will follow at Sparkman Memorial Cemetery, Sparkman, AR. Viewing: Friday, December 2, 2016, 1-4 pm, at Ruffin & Jarrett Funeral Home, 1200 S. Chester Street, Little Rock, AR (501) 372-1305.

Peggy Ann Williams-Gray

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Peggy Ann Williams Gray of Little Rock, AR., loving called (Blue), left this earth to join the Lord, Thursday morning, November 24, 2016. She was preceded in death by her parents, E.L. and Blanchie Williams; husband Joseph Harold Gray Sr.

She was born in McNeil, Arkansas on July 3, 1938. Peggy attended McNeil public schools. She graduated from Philander Smith College with a Bachelor of Arts in Education. She continued her education at University of Arkansas-Fayetteville and obtained a Master of Science in Education. She furthered her studies at the University of Central Arkansas and obtained an additional 30 hours. Peggy’s career choice was primary education. As an educator, she touched the lives of many students and student-teachers during her tenure.  She taught 48 years in the Little Rock School District. She had a wonderful, compassionate way with students and a rare sense of humor that drew them to her. She was a dedicated teacher who had high expectations for her students and brought out the best in them.

She had been a member of Bethel A.M.E. Church for more than 60 years, where her service included being a Vacation Bible School teacher and a member of the Steward Board, Trustee Board and Maggie T. Ashford Missionary Unit. She faithfully served, never seeking recognition for the many services she performed for her beloved church. Her civic, and professional affiliations have included the NAACP, the Urban League, the Arkansas Retired Teachers Association, Little Rock Classroom Teachers Association (now LREA), AEA, and NEA. Peggy was a lifetime member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. She was initiated into the Gamma Alpha Chapter in 1957. She transferred to the Beta Pi Omega chapter in 1959.

Peggy’s passions included cooking and entertaining. She was affectionately known for her glitzy fashion, beauty, elegance and grace. She modeled for over 40 years. She was a local fashion icon. Every time she stepped onto a runway, the audience applauded. She used her special talent to help raise money for local charities.

Peggy leaves to cherish her memory her only child, Joseph Harold Gray, Jr. (Andress); one grandchild, Jason Joseph Gray and a host of relatives and lifelong friends.

Service for Mrs. Peggy Gray will be 10 a.m., Friday, December 2nd, at Bethel A.M.E. Church, 815 West 16th Street, Little Rock, AR. Services are entrusted to Ruffin & Jarrett Funeral Home, 1200 S. Chester Street, Little Rock, AR (501) 372-1305. Family visitation and sorority rites will be from 6-7:30 p.m., Thursday, at Bethel A.M.E. Church, 815 West 16th Street, Little Rock, AR.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Peggy’s name to Bethel A.M.E. Church, 815 West 16th Street, Little Rock, AR. 72202

 

Bernice Floyd

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Bernice “MaDea” Conway Floyd, 95 of Little Rock, Ark. went home to be with the Lord Friday, November 11, 2016.  She was born May 25, 1921 in England, Ark. to the late Roy and Francis Conway. She confessed a hope in Christ at an early age and joined Macedonia Baptist Church in Little Rock where she served until her health declined. She married the love of her life, the late John Floyd Jr.

She was preceded in death by one son Cleo Gray. She leaves to cherish her memories one brother; Leroy (Birdie) Conway of Little Rock; four sons, Joseph Campbell, Michael Floyd, Freddie (Stephanie) Floyd and Freeman (Nita) Floyd all of Central Little Rock area; eight daughters; Shirley Watkins, Carolyn Ashmore, Bobbie (Harold) Walls, Ella (Gill) Gilbert, Diane (Louis) Mack, Johnnie Floyd, Sarah Floyd, and Coretha (Robert) Brown all of Little Rock; 57 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren and a host of other loving relatives and friends.

Family hour will be Friday, November 18, 2016, 6-7 p.m., at Ruffin & Jarrett Funeral Home, 1200 Chester St. Little Rock, Ark. Home going services will be Saturday, November 19, 2016, 11 a.m., at Macedonia Baptist Church, 1723 E. Third St. Little Rock, Ark. Interment will follow at Rest in Peace Cemetery, Hensley, Ark.

Ray Thatis Lovelace

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Ray Thatis Lovelace 59, of Little Rock, AR passed away peacefully on November 13, 2016. He was preceded in death by his father, Willie C. Lovelace, Sr.; two brothers, Willie C. Lovelace Jr. and Billy Joe Lovelace.

He’s survived by wife, Barbara Allmon Lovelace; son, Anthony Ray Lovelace; daughter, Tamara Rhea Lovelace; four grandchildren, Jatyrian, Devin, Aaliyah and Kyunna; mother, Rosetta Henson Lovelace; brothers, John (Catherine), Isaac, Richard (Charlene) and Elvis (Lisa); sisters, Elder Dorothy Lovelace Martin (Lonnie), Juanita Lovelace Stewart (Ron) and Linda Lovelace Laster (Vance); uncle, Booker T. Lovelace Sr.; aunt, Louise Oliver and a host of nephews, nieces and cousins.

Funeral services Saturday, November 19, 2016, 10:30 a.m., at Greater Second Baptist Church, 5615 Geyer Springs Road, LR. Interment will follow at Haven of Rest Cemetery. Visitation: Friday, November 18, 2016, 7:30-8:30 p.m., at Ruffin & Jarrett Funeral Home, 1200 S. Chester Street, Little Rock, Ark. (501) 372-1305.

Tanisha Tucker

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Tanisha “Nikki” Chanae Tucker-Starks, 27 of Little Rock, AR departed her earthly life to go sing with the angels on Saturday, November 5, 2016. She is survived by her mother, Cynthia Tucker-Starks, Little Rock, AR; father, Rorey Starks, Little Rock, AR; and sister, Lakira (Tim)Williams of Jacksonville, AR; one niece, Kaniah Williams; two nephews, Kylan and Kaylen Williams; grandparents, Mildred Tucker Bell and Alice Starks both of North Little Rock, AR., Curtis (Claudia) Starks, Little Rock, AR., many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Funeral services to be held Saturday, November 12, 2016, 11:00 a.m., at Ruffin & Jarrett Funeral Home, 1200 S. Chester St. Little Rock, AR. (501) 372-1305.Marian Torrence

Marian Torrence

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Marian Robbie Salters Torrence of Little Rock, AR., passed peacefully on November 4, 2016. She was born June 6, 1926 in Spartanburg, South Carolina. The daughter of the late Reuben Salters and the late Lillian Cohen Salters. She graduated from Carver High School in 1943 and attended Stillman Institute from 1943 to 1945, graduating with honors. She then attended Tennessee State University from 1946 to 1948, where she graduated with honors and was inducted into the Alpha Psi chapter of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. It was at Tennessee State where she met the love of her life, Andrew Pumphrey Torrence. On June 25, 1948 the two were united in holy matrimony. After graduating from Tennessee State, Marian obtained a Master’s degree in Business Education from the University of Wisconsin in 1951.Dr. and Mrs. Torrence were blessed with two children, Kenneth Gerald Torrence and Andrea Esther Torrence.After the death of her husband in 1980, Marian became a member of Mount Pleasant Baptist Church where she served faithfully for over 30 years.Her job experience included teaching civics, english, algebra, Negro history, business education, typing and shorthand at Tuskegee Institute High school and Dunbar in Little Rock, Arkansas until retirement. She was a member of Links Inc., NAACP, Alpha Kappa Alpha. While living with her husband Dr. Andrew P. Torrence, President of Tennessee State University. While at Tennessee State, she organized the TSU Women’s Club and served on the Board of Directors of the League of Women Voters, the Urban League and Planned Parenthood. Her hobbies included gardening, bridge, sewing and reading Gothic novels.

Her immediate family survivors include her children, Kenneth and Andrea and her brothers Glenard and Peter Salters. A celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, November 12, 2016, 11:00 am, at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church, 1400 South Ringo Street, Little Rock, AR. Interment will follow at Fraternal Cemetery. Family visitation: Friday, November 11, 2016, 6-7 pm, at Ruffin & Jarrett Funeral Home, 1200 S. Chester St. LR (501) 3

Leroy Wilkins

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Leroy T. Wilkins of Little Rock, AR passed away peacefully on Sunday, November 6, 2016.

Preceded in death by a loving faithful wife, Zollie Mae Craft Wilkins; his parents, Albert Sr. and Hazel Wilkins; brothers, Albert Wilkins Jr, Gene Harold Wilkins, Floyd Wilkins and Clifford Wilkins; his sisters, Doris Harris, Rose Wilkins, and Maggie Faye Williams.

His loving survivors Include: children, Norma Jean Douglas, Elmyra Mayo and Michael Wilkins; grandchildren, Brandon Douglas (Dawndria), Eric Brooks, LaShanna Bruce (Charlie Jr), Kristopher Douglas, Michael Wilkins II, Charles Mayo (Sheila), Menyoun Wilkins, Magan Wilkins, Maitric Wilkins and Mallory Wilkins; his siblings, Jerome Wilkins, Curtis Wilkins, Veda Gore (John) and Deborah Williams (Louis) a host of great grands, nieces and nephews. Home going services will be held Saturday, November 12, 2016, 11:00 am, at St. Paul UMC, 9721 Pinnacle Valley Rd, Little Rock, AR 72223. Interment will follow at Stuman Cemetery, Little Rock, AR. Viewing: Friday, November 11, 2016, 12-4:30 pm, at Ruffin & Jarrett Funeral Home, 1200 Chester St., Little Rock, AR (501) 372-1305.