Henry Henderson, Sr.

Henry Henderson

Henry Henderson Sr. of Little Rock, AR., peacefully passed May 06, 2016, at St. Vincent Hospital. Born Nov. 29, 1943, to the late Willie and Ernestine Henderson. Henry retired after 37 ½ years at Dassault Falcon Jet. He leaves to cherish his memory: his loving wife, Bessie Henderson; children, Brenda (Terry), Henry Jr. (Sue), Gregory, Sharon (James), Deon (Shayta), Tyrone (LaSommer) and Rodney all of Little Rock; Derrick of Pine Bluff; one brother in law, Sam Jefferson of Little Rock; Aunt, Veolia Jackson of St. Louis, MO; one brother, Author Lee (Maxine); four sisters, Gracie, Gloria and Lousie of Pine Bluff, AR., and Odester Reed of IL; 24 grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins. A celebration of life service will be Saturday, May 14, 2016, 11:00 am, at Holy Cross Baptist Church, 4800 W. 12th Street, Little Rock, AR. Family visitation: Friday, May 13, 2016, 6-7 pm, at Ruffin & Jarrett Funeral Home, 1200 S. Chester St., Little Rock, AR (501) 372-1305.

Adolph Henry McFadden


Adolph Henry McFadden 82, of Little Rock, Ark., passed away on May 7, 2016. His survivors include: four sons, Robert Johnson-McFadden, Vincent Johnson-McFadden, James Johnson and Dwight Johnson; three daughters, Sheila Johnson, Carolyn Johnson and Gwendolyn Johnson all of Little Rock, Ark.; one sister, Erma Beckley of LR; two brothers, Eli (Mary) McFadden of NLR., and Lester (Betty) McFadden of Sherwood, Ark.. Funeral services will be Saturday, May 14, 2016, 11 a.m., at New Light Baptist Church, 3200 S. Battery Street, Little Rock, Ark. Interment will follow at Mt. Valley Cemetery, Cato, Ark. Family visitation: Friday, May 13, 2016, 6-7 p.m., at Ruffin & Jarrett Funeral Home, 1200 S. Chester St., LR (501) 372-1305.

Wilmetta Hampton-Eckford

Wilmetta Hampton-EckfordimagepWilmetta Rose Hampton-Eckford 91, of Little Rock peacefully passed on Tuesday, May 3, 2016, in Beaumont, Texas. She is survived by her loving children: Janet Folks-Harris, Sheila Folks-Sims, Hilary L. Guest, and Francell J. Guest. Family Hour: Friday, May 6, 2016, 6 p.m.-8 p.m., Ruffin & Jarrett Funeral Home, 1200 S. Chester St., Little Rock, Ark. (501) 372-1305. Funeral Service: Saturday, May 7, 2016, 11 a.m., at Bethel AME Church, 600 Cedar St., North Little Rock, Ark. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Bethel AME Church Scholarship Fund.

Crawford Mims




crawfordmims1_20160406jpg__t261CRAWFORD JOSEPH MIMS, 94, of Little Rock, Arkansas, passed from this life on Friday, April 1, 2016, in CHI St. Vincent Infirmary, Little Rock, Arkansas. He was born March 6, 1922, in the Damascus Community of Durant, Holmes County, Mississippi, to the late Dawson and Laura Moore Mims. He was married 53 years to the late Bettye Eloise Shackelford Mims, a former public school teacher in the Little Rock School District.

A memorial service in his honor will be held on Saturday, April 9, 2016, 12:00 p.m. , at Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church, 1109 South State Street, Little Rock, Arkansas. The Rev. Ronnie Miller-Yow, Senior Pastor of Wesley Chapel will officiate. The family will receive friends in the sanctuary of Wesley Chapel from 10:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. on the day of the memorial service.

Dr. Mims was a professional educator for approximately 50 years. His aspiration was to improve the lives of African-Americans and the American society through education. He was a high school teacher and principal. On the higher education level, he taught at Rust College, his Alma Mater, Holly Springs, Mississippi; Shorter College, North Little Rock, Arkansas; and Philander Smith College, Little Rock, Arkansas. In college administration, Dr. Mims was Academic Vice President, Provost, and, for three times, the Interim President of Philander Smith College. He coached basketball for men and women on the high school level and at both Shorter College and Philander Smith College.

Dr. Mims was a veteran of World War II (WWII). He served his country with distinction in the United States Army between 1941 and 1945. During his years in the Army, he served three years overseas in England, France, Belgium and Germany. The U.S. Army recognized his contributions by awarding him several medals of honor and an honorable discharge.

Dr. Mims earned the Bachelor of Arts degree from Rust College, Holly Springs, Mississippi; the Master of Science degree from Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana; and the Doctor of Education degree from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Arkansas. He did advanced studies at Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts, and at the University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa.

Dr. Mims received numerous honors and awards during his career in higher education. In 1995, the Board of Trustees of Philander Smith College named the newly constructed gymnasium in his honor: The Dr. Crawford J. Mims Gymnasium. In 1997, the Board bestowed upon him the title, Provost Emeritus and Professor of Education and Psychology. The Little Rock Rotary Club 99 honors him by providing annual scholarships at Philander Smith College.

Dr. Mims was a member of Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church; the Mu Beta Sigma Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., and for several years, he was a member of the United Methodist Historical Society, Inc., of Arkansas.

Dr. Mims is preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Bettye Eloise Shackelford Mims; his parents, Dawson and Laura Moore Mims; four brothers, Lester D. Mims, Atwood Mims, Curtis Mims, and Charles Mims, and a sister, Helen Mims Cox. He is survived by his three children: Laura Ann Mims McCree (the late Rev. Dr. Samuel McCree, Jr.) , Bettye Yvonne Mims Chionuma, Esq., and Eva Lena Mims Williams, Esq. (Latham Williams, Esq.); five grandchildren: Samuel McCree, III (Nicole), Taj Kareem McCree, Esq. (Faries), Grace Yvette Ngozi Chionuma, Kari McCree Corbett (Chadwick), and Latham Brent Williams; nine great-grandchildren: Endyia McCree, Kallyiah Rush McCree, Samia McCree, Samuel McCree IV, Joseph Miles Chionuma Opulauoho, Caleb McCree, Emmanuel McCree, Colton McCree, and Chase McCree. He is survived by a sister, Georgia Mims Hoskin, and two brothers, Carl Mims and Robert B. Mims. M.D. He is also survived by Henry N. Chionuma, M.D., several nieces and nephews and a host of other family members and friends.

Interment, with military honors, will be held, after the memorial service, at Roselawn Memorial Park, 2801 Asher Avenue, Little Rock, Arkansas. Funeral arrangements are under the care and direction of the Ruffin and Jarrett Funeral Home, 1200 South Chester Street, Little Rock, Arkansas 72202. (501) 372-1305. Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Dr. Crawford J. Mims Scholarship Fund, c/o Mr. Kevin Cooper, Director of Development, Philander Smith College, 900 Daisy Bates Drive, Little Rock, Arkansas 72202.



Lealer Hodges Mendenhall

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Lealer Hodges Mendenhall of Little Rock, Arkansas peacefully passed away on April 3, 2016. Her loving survivors include: husband, William T. Mendenhall; children, Vera White, Arthella Hodges, Lela Lewis and Harold C. Hodges; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; sisters, Amy Carter and Ollie Brown; brother, Pharis Martin and a host of other relatives and special friends. A celebration of her life will be held on Friday, April 8, 2016, 11 a.m., at Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 908 Cross Street, Little Rock, Ark. Interment will follow at Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery, 1501 W. Maryland Ave. NLR, Ark. Family visitation will be Thursday, April 7, 2016, 6-7 p.m., at Ruffin & Jarrett Funeral Home, 1200 S. Chester St., Little Rock, Ark. (501) 372-1305.


Herbertene Ridout

Herbertene RidoutHerbertene Crutchfield-Ridout 84, of North Little Rock, AR passed away peacefully on March 24, 2016. Preceded in death by her husband, Jessie James Ridout; three sons, Frederick, Frank and Gregory Rideout; three brothers, Fred, John and Vernon Crutchfield. Her loving survivors include: Emma Dabney Markham, IL., Beverly Palmer Little Rock, AR., Herbert Rideout (Cheryl) Clarksville, AR., Vantris Rideout Harvey, IL., Lisa Rideout Ford Little Rock, AR., and Kary Rideout North Little Rock, AR; one sister; four brothers and a host of grandchildren, great grandchildren, great great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and other loving relatives.

Home going services will be held on Saturday, April 2, 2016, 12:00 noon, at Greater Second Baptist Church, 5615 Geyer Spring Road, Little Rock, AR. Interment will follow at Rest In Peace Memorial Gardens, Hensley, AR. Family visitation: Friday, April 1, 2016, 6-7 pm, at Ruffin & Jarrett Funeral Home, 1200 S. Chester St. LR (501) 372-1305.

Robert Lee Marshall, Jr.

Robert Marshall

Robert Lee Marshall, Jr. “Sido” of North Little Rock, AR., passed away on March 14, 2016. His loving survivors include: wife, Ann Delores Marshall; children, Robert (Sharon), Keith (Patsy), Timothy (Pamela), Roderick (Tracy), Antonio Sims, Teresia Marshall and Angela Sims Harmon; 13 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; and a host of other loving relatives and friends. A celebration of “Sido’s life will be held Saturday, March 26, 2016, 11:00 am, at Greater New Bibleway COGIC, 1207 West 22nd Street, North Little Rock, AR. Interment will follow at Oakland Cemetery. Family visitation will be held Friday, March 25, 2016, 6-7 pm, at Ruffin & Jarrett Funeral Home, 1200 S. Chester St., LR (501) 372-1305.


Annette Rodgers


ANNETTE RODGERS, 68, of Little Rock, Ark., passed away peacefully on March 16, 2016. Survivors include: husband, Charles E. Rodgers; daughter, Lynnette Jordan; stepsons, Sammy Rodgers and Earl Rodgers; eight grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends. Home going services: Thursday, March 24, 2016, 11 a.m., at St. Mark Baptist Church, 5722 W. 12th Street, Little Rock, Ark. Interment will follow at Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery, 1501 Maryland Ave. NLR, Ark. Family hour: Wednesday, March 23, 2016, 6-7 p.m., at Ruffin & Jarrett Funeral Home, 1200 S. Chester St., LR (501) 372-1305.

Robert S. Walker

Robert Sylvester Walker

SYLVESTER ROBERT WALKER JR., 52, of Little Rock, Ark. departed March 17, 2016. Proceeded in death by his father, Sylvester Robert Walker Sr. Surviving family: mother, Mary Wesley of Roland; sisters, Sandra Sheard of Virginia, Beverly Rice of NLR, Alicia Burns of Georgia, Nicole Rodgers of LR and a host of cousins, nieces and nephews. Funeral services: Wednesday, March 23, 2016, at 11:30 a.m. Interment will follow at Arkansas Memorial Gardens, 8507 Hwy 161, NLR. Visitation: Tuesday, March 22, 2016 1-4 p.m., both services at Ruffin & Jarrett Funeral Home, 1200 S. Chester St., LR (501) 372-1305.

Brenda Harris-Hale


BRENDA DIANE HARRIS-HALE, born Dec. 31, 1949, peacefully joined the Lord on March 8, 2016. Brenda Hale was the eldest child born to Earnestine Harris and Herbert Johnson of Scott, Ark. She was a graduate of Horace Mann High School class of 1966. Later she would receive her license to practice nursing as a LPN, and served on staff at Riley’s Oak Hill Manor. Ms. Hale served as an activist for many causes, but none more prevalent than the Rights of Battered and Abused Women and Child Support. She was raised in Waters Temple COGIC, and later united with My Father’s House Ministries.

Ms. Hale is preceded in death by: her parents; one son, Todd Andre Hale; and one brother, Kenneth Harris.

She leaves to cherish her memories: son, Darren (Michelle) Hale; daughter, Dundra (Alvin) Jamison; 10 grandchildren, two great -granddaughters, one special great-grandson, D’undre (Nanna) Jackson Jr.; brother, Phillip Ray Ogden; two sisters, Joyce Riggs and Evelyn Stuart; a best friend, Janice Johnson, and a host of aunts, cousins, and friends. Visitation will be held Friday, March 18, 2016, 2-4 p.m. at Ruffin and Jarrett Funeral Home, 1200 Chester Street, LR. (501) 372-1305. Funeral services will be held March 19, 2016, 11 a.m. at Williams Temple COGIC, 1723 Commerce Street, LR. Pastor Cletis H. Jones is officiating, Bishop Jewel Withers is host past