Raven Hawkins

Raven Hawkins

Raven Alsea Hawkins 82, of Desoto, Texas passed away peacefully on November 23, 2015. His loving survivors include: companion, Keria Mosley of 42 years; children, Gwen Hawkins, Romelle Hawkins, Darrell Hawkins, Dale Smith (Michelle), Graccine Hawkins, Arolynn Jones (Mark), Raven Hawkins, Beshell Hawkins, Laprincess Hawkins, Len Nicholson, two sisters, Eloise H. (Sterling) Fitzpatrick and Brenda H. Donaldson; three brothers, Robert Hawkins, Maurice Hawkins and Reginald Hawkins; and a host of grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends.

Home going services will be held on Tuesday, December 1, 2015, 12:00 pm. Interment will follow at Haven of Rest Cemetery. Visitation will also be Tuesday, 11-12pm, both services at First Baptist Church, 901 Calhoun Street, Little Rock, AR. Arrangements by: Ruffin & Jarrett Funeral Home, 1200 S. Chester St. LR (501) 372-1305. Sign his guestbook @ www.ruffinjarrett.com

 

Nathaniel Thomas

Nathaniel Thomas

Nathaniel “Tommy” Thomas, Jr. 60, departed this life on November 22, 2015. Preceded in death by parents, Nathaniel Thomas, Sr. & Henrietta Thomas; brother, Sammie Hood; sisters, Bessie Johnson, Dorothy Luster and Deborah Wesley.

He leaves to cherish memories children: Marcus (Brittany) Greene, Sr. and Christopher Greene; sister, Linnie Hood; brother, Emanuel Thomas; grandchildren, Marcus Jr. & Libya Greene and a host of relatives and friends.

Family visitation: Friday, December 4, 2015, 10-11am. Service Friday, 11:00 am, both at Greater Second Baptist Church, 5616 Geyer Springs Road, Little Rock, AR. Arrangements by: Ruffin & Jarrett Funeral Home, 1200 S. Chester St. Little Rock, AR (501) 372-1305.

 

Amy Ruth Edgington

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Amy Ruth Edgington, 69, died on November 19, 2015 – and the world is a duller place. Born to nurturing parents Ruth and Cecil Edgington, Amy graduated from Hall High in 1964 and from Hendrix College in 1968 as their first German major. After one year as a Little Rock Montessori teacher, she moved to Marburg, Germany, where she attended the University, worked in the library, and traveled extensively around Europe and to Morocco.

In 1973, she began graduate school in Anthropology at the U of A, Fayetteville and helped found the Women’s Center. She met her life partner, librarian and photographer Lynn Frost, in Berkeley, CA and the two of them moved back to Arkansas in 1980, becoming key members of The Women’s Project in Little Rock. Amy worked 23 years as a cataloger for the Central Arkansas Library System. She retired in February 2014 to spend more time creating art and poetry.

She has garnered increasing recognition for her creative work. Many individuals and institutions in Little Rock are happy owners of her collages. A self-taught artist, she exhibited at several local galleries and received a 2015 Arkansas Arts Council purchase award for the Small Works On Paper traveling exhibit. Her poetry and prose have appeared since the 1980s in notable feminist magazines and anthologies. Recently, she worked tirelessly to help bring to completion the Arkansas Literary Map.

Amy also pursued a range of other interests – from astronomy, animal behavior, and medicine, to organic gardening, old sci-fi movies, world music, rescuing cats, exploring flea markets and bookshops. Her lifelong passion for racial and social justice defined her and connected her to an extensive and enthusiastic community of Facebook friends.

Amy will be sorely missed for her incisive wit and quirky humor, her love of the ridiculous and absurd, her gift for inspiring people to learn and honoring what they bring to the table, the irrepressible twinkle of her spirit.

A celebration of Amy’s life will take place on Sunday, December 6, 2 p.m. at Hillcrest Hall, on the corner of Kavanaugh and Lee. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in her name to: Southerners On New Ground, P.O. Box 11250, Atlanta, GA 30310, southernersonnewground.org OR Highlander Center, 1959 Highlander Way, New Market, TN 37820, highlandercenter.org. Arrangements by: Ruffin & Jarrett Funeral Home Sign Amy’s online guestbook at www.ruffinjarrett.com

Lee E. Cooper

Lee L. Cooper

Lee L. Cooper 83, of Little Rock, AR., passed peacefully on Tuesday, November 17, 2015. He was a member of St. Mark Baptist Church, Little Rock, AR. Lee L. served in the Korean War, US Navy and retired with 30 years of service, Ford Motors, Dearborn, MI. He was preceded in death by parents, Leonard Sr. and Rosie Cooper; son, Gerald Cooper; brothers, Leonard Cooper, Jr. and Gregory “MC” Cooper. His loving survivors include: daughter, Phyllis Cooper; son, Lee L. (Saundra) Cooper, Jr., Ronald (Darlene) Cooper all of Little Rock, AR., and Sean (Melina) Cooper of Vallejo, CA; sisters, Cora Cooper, Stockton, CA., and Helen Lairry (Re. Edward); brother, Nathan Cooper, Little Rock, AR; aunt, Rosie Summons, Little Rock, AR., and numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and other relatives.

A celebration of his life will be held Monday, November 30, 2015, 11:00 am, at St. Mark Baptist Church, 5722 W. 12th St., Little Rock, AR. Interment will follow with honors at Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery, 1501 Maryland Ave. NLR, AR. Visitation will be held on Sunday, November 29, 2015, 5-6 pm, at Greater Second Baptist Church, 5616 Geyer Springs Road, Little Rock, AR. Services entrusted to: Ruffin & Jarrett Funeral Home, 1200 South Chester Street, Little Rock, AR (501) 372-1305.

 

Flora Jackson

Flora Jackson

Flora Jackson 90, of NLR, AR passed peacefully on November 11, 2015. She was a member of Samaritan Hill Baptist Church. She’s survived by four sons, Thomas, Dennis, Eugene (Sharon) Mitchell, and James Jarmon; two daughters, Dolly Jones and Ornett Grind all of NLR. She had one stepson, Samuel Jackson of Pueblo, Colorado; 26 grandchildren; 44 great grandchildren; 3 great great grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends.

Family hour: Friday, November 20, 2015, 6-7 pm, at Samaritan Hill Baptist Church, 1001 East 13th Street, NLR, AR. Celebration of life: Saturday, November 21, 2015, 11:00 am, at King Solomon Baptist Church, 1304 Pine St., NLR, AR. Interment: Monday, November 23, 2015, 11:00 am, at Little Rock National Cemetery, 2523 Confederate Blvd, LR. Arrangements by: Ruffin & Jarrett Funeral Home, 1200 South Chester St. LR (501) 372-1305. Sign her online guestbook @ www.ruffinjarrett.com

 

Jalon Persley

Jalon Persley

 

Jalon Persley 20, of Little Rock, AR passed away on November 15, 2015. He leaves to cherish his mother, Stephanie Miller-Jones; father, Mark Persley; sister, Jakayla Persley; grandparents, Thomas & Lillian Tucker and Charles & Linda Miller; grandmother, Mabel Bealer; great grandmother, Sarah Marie Ward and a host of other family and friends. A celebration of his life will be on Saturday, November 21, 2015, 11 am. Interment will follow at Rest Hills Memorial Park, 7724 Landers, Rd. North Little Rock, AR. Family visitation: Friday, November 20, 2015, 6-7 pm, both services at Ruffin & Jarrett Funeral Home, 1200 S. Chester St. Little Rock, AR. (501) 372-1305. Sign Jalon’s guestbook @ www.ruffinjarrett.com

 

 

 

Gladis Bright

Gladis Bright

 

 

Gladis Bright, 79, of Little Rock, Ark., received her wings on Sunday, November 8, 2015. She’s preceded in death by both parents, Charlie Bright and Matlene Macklin; one son, Sgt. Willie James Bright; sister, Mattie Bright; brothers, John Wiggins and Jerry Wiggins; one grandson, Demico Broadway; a special niece, Shirley A. Jones; one great grandson, Raheem Broadway; and a great-nephew, Darnelle Barnes. Survived by: her only daughter and son-in-law, that were caregivers and made the light shine bright in her life Rev. Diane Bright Harrison (Vernon); six grandchildren, Tristye Bright, Tamecia Bright, Dominique Bright, Branon Harrison, Willie D. McDaniel, and Talisha Johnson; a special nephew, Melvin Jones and a host of other loving relatives and friends.

Ms. Bright worked for the Marianna Arkansas School District for 17 years and later moved to Little Rock and joined the Little Rock School District where she remained for 27 years.

A celebration service will be held on Saturday, November 14, 2015, 11 a.m., at Rufus K. Young Christian Church, 2100 Main Street, Little Rock, Ark. A viewing will be prior to the service at the church, at 10-11 a.m. on Saturday. Arrangements by: Ruffin & Jarrett Funeral Home, 1200 S. Chester St., Little Rock, Ark. (501) 372-1305. Sign Ms. Bright’s online guestbook at http://www.ruffinjarrett.com

 

 

Earl Brown

Earl Brown

Earl C. Brown, Sr., 87, of Little Rock, AR. departed this life on November 13, 2015. He was the first born to Forest Brown, Sr. and Maybell Thornton Brown on June 22, 1928.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 46 years, Alma L. Wimberly Brown, his parents, and his sister, Laura Brown Burton.

Left to cherish his memory are: seven children- Leotis E. (Rhonda) Brown of Oakland, CA, Gwendolyn L. (Paul) Bradford, Betty J. Brown, Glen E. (Demetra) Brown, Carolyn A. Brown, Marilyn L. Robinson, all of Little Rock, and Earl C. (Altha Renee) Brown, Jr. of Portland, Oregon; two grandchildren, Robyn N. Robinson and Antoine D. Townsend; siblings, three brothers, Forest Brown, Jr, Carl Brown, and Otis Brown, Sr., all of Little Rock.; a host of cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.

He retired from Arkla Gas in 1985 as a line crew supervisor.  He was a veteran of the Korean War. His favorite past times included reading the Bible, playing the piano, and spending time with his family. His favorite scripture from KJV is Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your path”.

Special thanks to Bryan Salley for all the loving kindness he showed our dad.

A private family viewing was held. His graveside service with honors will be 11:00 am, Tuesday, November 17, 2015, at Little Rock National Cemetery, 2523 Confederate Blvd, Little Rock, AR. Arrangements by: Ruffin & Jarrett Funeral Home, 1200 South Chester St. LR, AR (501) 372-1305.

Marie Virginia Price

 

Marie Price

Marie Virginia Price 88, of Little Rock, AR., departed this life on November 9, 2015. Preceding her are parents; sons, Henry and Michael; and one sister, Louvenia Bingham. She leaves to cherish special memories: her husband, Henry; sons, Gregory (Charlene) and Troy; daughter, Josilen; two brothers, Henry Rounsville and Willie (Dorothy) Rounsville; two sisters, Modene Turner and Lillie Hill; five grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Home going services will be held on Friday, November 13, 2015, 11:00 am, at Rufus K. Young Christian Church, 2020 Main Street, Little Rock, AR. Family visitation will be Thursday, November 12, 2015, 6-7 pm, at Ruffin & Jarrett Funeral Home, 1200 S. Chester St. Little Rock, AR (501) 372-1305. Sign her online guestbook @ www.ruffinjarrtt.com

Connie Alston Allen

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Connie A. Allen 66, of Little Rock, AR., passed peacefully on October 30, 2015.

Connie is survived by: her children, Sonya Allen, Eric Allen and Laura Marcelle (Jason); grandchildren, Lauren Cleaver, Alyssa Brevard, Keelyn Loera, Staten Marcelle and Emori Marcelle; great-grandchild, Madison Cleaver-Green. Funeral Service: Saturday, November 7, 2015 at 11:00am, at St. Bartholomew Catholic Church, 1622 Marshall St., Little Rock, AR 72202

Interment will follow at Calvary Cemetery, Charles Bussey Ave. & Woodrow St., Little Rock AR

Rosary Service: Friday, November 6, 2015 at 6 -7 pm, at Ruffin & Jarrett Funeral Home, 1200 South Chester St., Little Rock, AR. (501) 372-1305. Sign Connie’s guestbook @ ww.ruffinjarrett.com