William Tyler Dillard

Willie T. Dillard

Willie T. Dillard 74, of Little Rock passed July 14, 2016. Survivors: three sons, Willie and Kevin of California and Jaron of Little Rock; one brother, Billy Sr. (Dorothy) of Memphis, TN; three sisters, Ernestine Galang of Carson, CA., Delorise Binns and Gloria Dillard of Little Rock; a host of grandchildren, great grandchildren, nephews, nieces, cousins, other relatives and friends. Funeral services: Saturday, July 23, 2016, 11:00 am. Family visitation: Friday, 6-7 pm, both services at Ruffin & Jarrett Funeral Home, 1200 S. Chester St. LR (501) 372-1305.

Jack Hopes

Jack Hopes

Jack Hopes 63 of Little Rock, AR departed this life on July 17, 2016, in Little Rock, AR. He was born August 20, 1952. He was preceded in death by his father S.D. Hopes. He is survived by loving wife, Beverly; step sons, Garry (Nicole), Damian (Mary) and Sharma (Natasha); mother, Alma Wilson; siblings, Twana, Judy-twin sister (Freddie), Raymond (Pat), Larry and Terri; nine grandchildren, nieces and nephews, special friends, Charles Watkins, Chad Williams and Eric-Grasshopper. Funeral Services will be Saturday, July 23, 2016, 1:00 pm, at Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church, 1321 S. Van Buren St., Little Rock, AR. Interment will follow at Rest In Peace Memorial Park, Hensley, AR. Viewing: Friday, July 22, 2016, 12-4 pm, at Ruffin & Jarrett Funeral Home, 1200 S. Chester St. LR (501) 372-1305.

Geneva Garry (Watson)

Geneva Garry

Geneva Garry Watson 69, of Cato, Arkansas passed peacefully Monday, July 18, 2016. Her loving survivors include: two daughters, Cheryl Garry and Sonya Garry Martin; 5 grandchildren; 1 great granddaughter; 7 siblings and a host of other relatives and friends. Home going services will be held at Saturday, July 23, 2016, 12:00 noon, St. Peter’s Rock Baptist Church, 10914 Frenchman Mountain Road, NLR, AR. Interment will follow at Mt. Valley Cemetery, Cato, AR. Family Visitation: Friday, July 22, 2016, 6-7 pm, at Ruffin & Jarrett Funeral Home, 1200 South Chester Street, LR (501) 372-1305.

Mae Bettye Walker

Mae Bettye Walker

Mae Bettye Walker 73, of Little Rock, Arkansas was born September 19, 1942, in Plumerville, AR to the late Hosie & Everlene Cross.  She transitioned on Sunday, July 17, 2016.   She was employed with United Cerebral Palsy for 27 years.  She is survived by her husband of 54 years, Amos; two daughters, Sonja Walker-Maples of Nashville, TN, and Ramona Ford (Lorenzo) of Little Rock; one grandson, Marcus Adam Walker of Little Rock; and one sister, Harriett Gwendolyn Gibson (Roosevelt) of Chicago, IL.  She also leaves many sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

 

Visitation will be Wednesday, July 20, 2016, 6-7pm, at Ruffin & Jarrett Funeral Home, 1200 South Chester St. Little Rock, AR (501) 372-1305.   Home going Services will be held Thursday, July 21, 2016, 11:00 am, at St. John Baptist Church, 2501 S. Main St. LR. Interment will be at the Holly Springs Cemetery, Springfield, AR.

 

Beadie Owens Charles Anderson

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Beadie Owens Charles Anderson went to her heavenly home July 2, 2016. “Mama Beadie” was born April 6, 1921, and at an early age accepted Christ as her Savior. She united in holy matrimony with Birdo Charles, who preceded her in death and later, Claude Anderson, also preceding her in death, as did her son, Jarvis Anderson. Cherishing her memory are her children: Birdo Charles (Beverly), Allice Charles, Alice Charles (Allen, Jr.) Phillips, Clyde Anderson (Ozella) and Lavada Anderson (Kevin) Brown; grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren and a host of relatives and friends. Visitation: Friday, July 8th, 6-7 p.m. Celebration service: July 9th, 12:00 pm, both services at Metropolitan Church, 1915 Commerce St., Little Rock, Ark. Arrangements by: Ruffin & Jarrett Funeral Home, 1200 S. Chester St., LR (501) 372-1305.

Ruperto A Porter-Butterfield

 

Former Little Rock Department of Human Services Employee, Ruperto A Porter-Butterfield “Tito” died on July 1, 2016, at John A. McClellan Veterans Hospital.

Mr. Porter-Butterfield was born in Panama City, Panama and migrated to the United States in 1961. He graduated from Boys High School in Brooklyn N.Y. After serving four years in the United States Air Force, he relocated to California. He attended college there and worked as a banker for Wells Fargo Bank. In 1994 he relocated to Little Rock Arkansas and married Dian Rowan.  Besides his employment with the DHS, he worked for Arkansas Baptist College, Reliable, Mutual of Omaha and Allstate Insurances.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Mina Butterfield; and father, Rupert A Porter Sr. Tito is survived by his brother, Federico Porter-Butterfield & sister-in-law, Pamela Ross of Hayward California; niece, Kristina Porter-Butterfield of Crockett, CA; former wife and loyal friend, Dian Rowan of Little Rock,  step son, James (Kenyada) Isbell, Jr.; step grandson, Justin Isbell; step granddaughter, Jaida Isbell all of Jacksonville, FL; many cousins in California, Florida and Panama; a host of colleagues and friends in Little Rock Arkansas.

A Memorial service will be held Tuesday, July 5, 2016, 7-8pm, at Ruffin & Jarrett Funeral Home, 1200 S. Chester St. LR (501) 372-1305.

Rupert Butterfield

 

Roosevelt Ingram, Jr.

Roosevelt Ingram

Roosevelt Ingram, Jr., 63 Little Rock, AR passed peacefully June 15, 2015. Survivors: son, Jermaine Ingram; daughter, Charley Ingram; life companion, Sherry Brown and a host of other family and friends. Family hour: Tuesday, June 21, 2016, 6-7, at Ruffin & Jarrett Funeral Home, 1200 S. Chester St., LR (501) 372-1305. Graveside service: Wednesday, June 22, 2016, 11am, at Roselawn Memorial Park, 2801 Asher Ave., LR, AR.Roosevelt Ingram, Jr.

Roosevelt Ingram, Jr.

Roosevelt Ingram

Roosevelt Ingram, Jr., 63 Little Rock, AR passed peacefully June 15, 2015. Survivors: son, Jermaine Ingram; daughter, Charley Ingram; life companion, Sherry Brown and a host of other family and friends. Family hour: Tuesday, June 21, 2016, 6-7, at Ruffin & Jarrett Funeral Home, 1200 S. Chester St., LR (501) 372-1305. Graveside service: Wednesday, June 22, 2016, 11am, at Roselawn Memorial Park, 2801 Asher Ave., LR, AR.

Barbara L. (Greene) Whitfield

Barbara Whitfield

Barbara L (Greene) Whitfield 65, passed away peacefully on Monday June 13, 2016. She was born May 2, 1951 in Little Rock to the Robert H & Margaret L Greene, both who proceeded her in death. A graduate of Central High Class of 1969, she went on to attend the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and later graduated from the University of Phoenix.   Later in her career she took a position with AEDD where she served disadvantaged disability patrons until her passing.

She was extremely proud of the work that she did with the Staff and clients that she served at AEDD. She loved to talk and brag on the clients, never really met a stranger, loved to smile. She loved to interact and stayed in close contact with her classmates.

Barbara is survived by one son, Carlson Greene (Tracy), Benton, AR; brother, Adrian Greene (Barbara), Maumelle, AR; sister, Shirley Greene of Little Rock, AR; nephews, Adrian II, Maumelle, AR. , Marcus (Brittany), & Christopher Greene, all of Little Rock; special aunt, Bertha Hicks, Riverside, CA; great nephew, Marcus; great niece, Libya Greene and numerous cousins, her extend family of friends.

Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, June 18, 2016, 11:00 AM at Canaan MB Church, 1700 State Street, Little Rock, AR 72206. Viewing will be from 10:00 – 11:00 AM prior to the service. Interment at Green Memorial Garden, Marche, AR. Rev. D. A. Witcher, officiating the service. Arrangements by: Ruffin & Jarrett Funeral Home, 1200 S. Chester St. Little Rock, AR (501) 372-1305.

 

Alfred Russ Jr

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Alfred Russ Jr. was born on March 30, 1939 in Little Rock, Arkansas to Alfred Russ Sr. and Mildred Mann Russ. He attended Bush Elementary School, Dunbar Jr./ Sr. High School, and was a member of the first graduating class of Horace Mann High School in 1956, at the age 17. Less than two and a half weeks after his graduation, he headed off to USAF basic training at Lackland AFB in San Antonio, Texas. He became one of our nation’s youngest “Cold Warriors” when he was assigned to the Strategic Air Command (SAC) and based at Kadena AB in Okinawa, Japan with the awesome responsibility of maintaining the Mark 6 Nuclear Freefall Weapon, all before his 18th birthday. He took pride in the fact that the United States “never had to drop the Mark 6 in anger,” claiming that peace was their profession.
After his USAF commitment, and for a short while, he lived in Los Angeles with his uncle Sterling Russ and cousin Harold Russ, Jr. He eventually moved back home to Little Rock and worked in varied local industry, including being a bouncer at the Flamingo Club, while continuing his studies at Philander Smith College and Arkansas Baptist College. He started his employment with the United States Postal Service and later became part owner/operator of his father’s store, Al’s Liquor in the East End of Little Rock.
He loved cars, airplanes, jazz and blues music, and tinkering with various projects in his workshop in the garage. He loved tinkering and piddling so much that after retiring from USPS he enrolled in Pulaski Technical College to tinker in their small engine repair laboratory. He dealt with massive, difficult projects by quoting one of his favorite sayings, “It’s hard by the yard, but it’s a cinch by the inch.”

He was a strict disciplinarian who was hard, but fair, on his three sons. He was in the business of raising “bulletproof” men. He compelled people that he cared for, to always take pride in their work and appearance.

He is survived by wife of 52 years, Faye Perry Russ; sons, Alfred III (Lucky) Fort Worth, TX; Roderic (Rod) LR; Bryan Germaine (BG) Bryant, AR; sister, Melrita Russ (Clenard “Sal”) Bonner; 7 grandchildren including Cameron, Breyana, Tristan, Truth, Christopher, Bryan, Jr., Cicely and a host of wonderful sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, close friends and neighbors. ~rar