Robert Lee Jones

Robert Jones

Robert Lee Jones of Little Rock, AR peacefully passed away on August 14, 2016. He leaves to cherish wife, Anita Jones; one daughter, Shannie Lipsie; two sons, Jermaine Jones and Anthony Jones; two sisters, Katherine Jones and Dorothy (Kenneth) Gilkie; four brothers, Larry Jones, Albert Jones, Calvin Jones (Rosemary) and Wayne Jones; one uncle, Cardell Trotter and a host of other relatives. Home going services will be Friday, August 26th, 11am. Interment will follow at Mt. Zion Cemetery, College Station, AR. Viewing: Thursday, August 25th, 2-4 pm, both services at Ruffin & Jarrett Funeral Home, 1200 S. Chester St. LR (501) 372-1305

Gertha Lee Richard

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Gertha Perry Richard 90, born in Little Rock, March 17, 1926, passed away on August 22, 2016.
Mrs. Richard was a graduate of Dunbar High School, Class of 1944 and Dunbar Junior College, Class of 1946. She was a beloved wife, mother and grandmother, a member of St Peter’s Rock Baptist Church for over 60 years and until her health failed, a devoted member of the Evergreen Club. Mrs. Richard loved gardening, African Violets were her specialty.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Julius Perry, Sr. and Tiney Perry Scribner; her husband of 47 years, Ernest Lee Richard; and two siblings Mamie Louise Herndon and Julius Perry, Jr.
Mrs. Richard is survived by her sister, Irma (Ray) Farr of Detroit, MI; four children, Edward (Harriette) Richard, of Charlotte, NC, Carolyn (Jodie) Carter, Marilyn Bostic and Rodney (Mia) Richard, all of Little Rock.  She is also survived by 8 grandchildren, Renette (Paul, III) Rier of Atlanta, GA, Steven (Tiffiney) Carter of Houston, TX, Camille Richard of Atlanta, GA, Kailyn Bostic, Raven Richard of Little Rock, Perrin Bostic of Atlanta, GA, Chase Richard and Miles Richard of Little Rock.
In addition, she is survived by two great-grandsons:  Chandler S. Carter of Houston, TX and Paul Rier, IV of Atlanta, GA; three sister in laws, nieces, nephews and numerous other relatives and friends.
Mrs. Richard will be fondly remembered by all who knew her as a loving, caring homemaker with a warm heart and an outspoken personality.  Her children and grandchildren will miss her cooking and her love for celebrating the holidays.

Services are entrusted to Ruffin and Jarrett Funeral Home, 1200 S. Chester St. LR, AR (501) 372-1305.  Family hour on Friday, August 26th, 7:30 – 8:30 pm, at Ruffin & Jarrett. Funeral services are Saturday, August 27th, 12:00 noon, at St Peters Rock Baptist Church, 22nd and Brown Street, Little Rock, AR.

Almeda Smith

Almede Smith

Almeda Smith 84, of Little Rock departed this life on August 20, 2016. She is Survived by daughter, Doris Turner (Jimmy); sons, Roderick Smith (Alice), Larry Smith (Pam); brothers, Roy Taylor (Alice), Jimmy Alexander, Roy Alexander and sister, Jean Alexander. Family hour will be Thursday, August 25th, 6-7 pm, at Ruffin & Jarrett Funeral Home, 1200 S. Chester St. LR, AR (501) 372-1305. Services will be Friday, August 26th, 11am, at Union AME Church, 1825 S. Pulaski Street, Little Rock, AR.

Charles Edward Jones, Sr.

Charles Edward Jones 62, of Little Rock, AR passed away peacefully on August 13, 2016. He worked as a Duty Sheriff and later worked for John L. McClellan VA Hospital. He leaves to cherish his memories: one son, Charles E. Jones, Jr.; mother, Mattie Jones; brother, Benroy Jones and Calvin Jones; sister, Margie Jones, Mattie R. Jones and Dora (Melvin) Fisher; a special friend and caregiver, Ola Williams; 2 grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends. The family would like to thank Dr. Fields and the staff of John L. McClellan VA Medical Center and all the staff at the Arkansas Hospice Home Care for the wonderful care given to Charles. A celebration of his life will be Wednesday, August 24, 2016, 11:00 am, at St. Paul Baptist Church, 2603 Commerce St. Little Rock, AR. Interment will follow with honors at Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery, 1501 Maryland Ave., NLR, AR. Viewing will be Wednesday, 10-11 am, prior to the service, at the church. Arrangements by: Ruffin & Jarrett Funeral Home, 1200 S. Chester St. LR (501) 372-1305.

George Watson

George S. Watson born November 12, 1948 to Norman and Charlene Watson died August 15, 2016.  Survivors: wife Betty Watson; children, Denice (Anthony) Milton, Alvarez Watson, Lasonia (Robin) Johnson; sisters, Norma Smith, Phyllis Watson, and Gwendolyn Jefferson; brother, Phillip Watson. Funeral: Tuesday, August 23, 2016, 10 am, at Ruffin & Jarrett Funeral Home Chapel, 1200 S. Chester St. LR (501) 372-1305. Interment will follow at Rest In Peace Memorial Garden, Hensley, AR.



Chester Archie Lane

Chester A. Lane

Chester A. Lane (Coach Lane) of Sweet Home, AR made his final road trip on Sunday, August 14, 2016. He journeyed to heaven to join his beloved wife, Janet Nacola Lane and granddaughter, Stephanie N. Broadnax who preceded him to heaven. He is survived by his daughter, Felecia (Albert) Anderson of Sherwood, AR; granddaughter, Shiree (Terrance) Griffin of Huntsville, AL; and sister in law, Bonnie Gates Clack of Dallas, TX.

Chester worked in Pulaski County Special School District for over 20 years. He coached basketball at Arkansas Baptist College and briefly at Shorter College.

Services will be at 11 am, Saturday, August 20, 2016, at Greater Zion Hill Baptist Church, 7512 Hwy 365 South, Sweet Home, AR. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that donations be made to the Chester & Janet Lane Education Foundation. The family will be at #2 Creekridge Circle, Sherwood, AR. Visit their Facebook page. “In Memory of Chester and Janet Lane.” Arrangements by: Ruffin & Jarrett Funeral Home, 1200 South Chester St. Little Rock, AR (501) 372-1305.

Elve Lewis

Elve Lewis

Elve Lewis 85, of Little Rock formerly of Marche, AR passed away August 11, 2016.  His loving survivors include: 3 brothers, Jack Jr., Joe Sr., and Clifton Lewis, Sr.; step mother, Bertha Lewis all of Little Rock, AR; Goddaughter, Javonda Scruggs and a special cousin, Barbara Ward of Little Rock.

Home going services will be Saturday, August 20, 2016, 11:00 am. Viewing: Friday, August 19, 2016, 1-4 pm, both services at Ruffin & Jarrett Funeral Home, 1200 S. Chester St. Little Rock, AR. (501) 372-1305. Interment will be Monday, August 22, 2016, 11:00 am, at Little Rock National Cemetery, 2523 S. Confederate Blvd LR, AR

Aretha Dabney

Aretha Dabney

Aretha Dabney was born December 3, 1923 in Little Rock, Arkansas to the late William and Joanna Dabney.  She was called home to be with the Lord on Thursday, August 11, 2016 at 5:30 am surrounded by her loving family

She accepted Christ at an early age under the leadership of Reverend T. G. Sims.  She was a faithful, devoted, and loyal member; with a life time tenure of the New Hebron Missionary Baptist Church.  She was a member of the Dunbar/Horace Mann Alumni Association, RSVP of Central Arkansas Organization, East Little Rock Senior Center, and the Little Rock City Mission Society

Ms. Dabney was united in Holy Matrimony to the Late George Harvey and to this union three beautiful Daughters were born.

She is preceded in death by her parents, two brothers: Archie Little John, William Dabney Jr., two sisters: Lela Mitchell, Millie Tyson, and one daughter: Mrs. Delores M. Long.

She was employed with Teletype/AT&T Corporation for over 25 years until she retired 1988.

She leaves to cherish her memory: two daughters, Ms. Doris J. Littles and Mrs. Brenda J. McKeever of Little Rock, AR; One sister, Ms. Ardimese Sherman of Little Rock; ten grandchildren, eighteen great grandchildren, and sixteen great – great grandchildren and a host of nephew, nieces, cousins, relatives, and friends.

The family would like to thank the University of Arkansas for Medical Science Staff as well as St. Vincent’s Hospice Services for their excellent care of Ms. Dabney throughout her illness.

Family hour will be held Friday, August 19th from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., at Ruffin & Jarrett Funeral Home, 1200 S. Chester St., Little Rock, Arkansas 72202 (501) 372-1305.  The Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, August 20th at 11:00 a.m., at New Heborn Missionary Baptist Church, 7615 Woodson Road, Little Rock, Arkansas 72209.




Earnice Wilson

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Earnice Collins Wilson 101, of North Little Rock, AR peacefully passed away on August 14, 2016. She’s survived by her daughter, Deborah Merritt (Derrick); three grandchildren; one great granddaughter and a host of other loving relatives and friends. Celebration of life services will be held Friday, August 19, 2016, 11:00 am, at First Baptist Church, 811 SA Jones Dr. NLR, AR. Interment will follow at Haven of Rest Cemetery. Visitation: Thursday, August 18, 2016, 2-4 pm, at Ruffin & Jarrett Funeral Home, 1200 S. Chester St. LR (501) 372-1305.

Gloria Yvette Cobb


Gloria Yvette Cobb, 71, of Sweet Home, transitioned this life to be with her Lord and Savior on Saturday, August 6, 2016.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Andrew and Eunice Cobb; sister, Barbara Ann Cobb-Littlejohn, and grandson, Zackeri Todd.

Ms. Cobb is survived by:  her son, Anthony Raye Kelley (Bonnie) of Sweet Home; a daughter, Danita Yvette Kelley of Little Rock; sisters, Sharon Curry, Jacqueline Brunson of Sweet Home, and Jo-Ella Cobb Harris, Little Rock; grandchildren, Brittany, Ambreona and Anthony, Jr.; and a host of relatives, friends and neighbors.

Visitation will be Friday, August 12, 2016, 6-7:00 p.m., at Ruffin & Jarrett Funeral Home, 1200 Chester Street, Little Rock. (501) 372-1305.

The funeral ceremony will be Saturday, August 13, 2016, 11:00 a.m., at Pilgrim Rest MBC, 12715 Upper Steel Bend Road in Scott, Arkansas.  Interment follows at Rest In Peace Cemetery in Hensley, AR.Gloria Yvette Cobb