Joe Hughes


Rev. Joe Hughes, Jr. entered eternal rest on the 13th day of January, 2017. Seeking someone to take care of a love one is an awesome task, so it helps when you find professionals like the ones who took care of our dad.  Special thanks to the doctors, nurses, staff and management of Baptist Health Medical Center, Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Center, The Lakes at Maumelle and Arkansas Hospice who seemed as though their job was their ministry as they showed compassion and the highest level of professionalism in ensuring a dignified and loving transition. The many memories we had will always be in our hearts, daughters, Patricia A Hughes of Houston TX and Stephanie M (Percy) Webb of No. Little Rock.  A celebration in remembrance will be held at Liberty Hill MBC, 1215 So Schiller on Saturday, January 21, 2017, at 11am, with viewing beginning at 10:00 am.  Viewing: Friday, January 20, 2017, 2-4 pm, at Ruffin & Jarrett Funeral Home, 1200 s. Chester St. LR (501) 372-1305.


Marie Dukes Franklin-Brown


Marie Dukes Franklin-Brown 89, of Little Rock died peacefully on Thursday, January 12, 2017, at Arkansas Hospice Little Rock.

She was a retiree of UAMS and PCSSD and a seventy-year member of First Baptist Church 811 S.A.  Jones NLR., AR.  There she served as Church Clerk, Usher, and remained active & devoted to the Sunday School, Mission Ministry, and NLR City Mission and studied for twenty-three years with the Women of the Community Bible Study in Little Rock.

Preceded in death by her parents, Rev. Edmond Dukes and Ann Johnson-Dukes; step-mother, Willie G. Thomas-Dukes; brother, Louis Dukes; sons, Floyd and Lloyd Franklin; daughter, JoAnn Franklin Gray, and Husband Nathaniel Brown.

Cherishing her memory are, daughter, Linda K. Gray-Little Rock, AR; grandsons, Mark D. Gray, Sr., Little Rock, AR, and Lehman Gray, Harvey, Ill; granddaughters, Nina C. Gray, Maumelle, AR, Tishua (Henry) Rosado, Longview, Texas and Cassaundra D. Gray, Ft Worth Texas; brother, Reverend Earnest Dukes (Dorothy) Florissant, Missouri; sisters, Alice Parker of Gary, Indiana and Verma J. Farrish of San Jose, California, and a host of great-grandchildren and a number of other relatives and close friends.

Visitation will be Friday, January 20, 2017, 6-7 p.m., at First Baptist 811 S. A. Jones Dr. NLR, AR.  Celebration of Life Saturday, January 21, 2017, at 11 am, Pastor William L. Robinson, officiating.

Services entrusted to: Ruffin & Jarrett Funeral Home, 1200 Chester Street, LR (501) 372-1305.

“My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.”

Psalms 73:26

Veodis Johnny Allmon


Veodis J. Allmon of Little Rock, AR., was born October 14, 1929 in Tarry, Arkansas to the late Issac Allmon, Sr. and Virginia Wright.  Veodis was called to rest on January 5, 2017.  He will be missed by all, especially his loving family and many friends.

Veodis was preceded in death by two very special people, his faithful and loving wife, Erma Allmon; and a loving son, Richard V. Allmon, Sr.

Veodis and Erma leave 7 children to cherish his memories; Lawrence Allmon (Carolyn), Cynthia Woods (James), Gregory Allmon (Belva), Carol Watson (Eddie), Charlotte Allmon, Terry Connor (Nick) and Tracy Jemerson (Anthony).

All services will be held at First Baptist Church, 901 Calhoun Street, Little Rock, Arkansas.  Visitation: Thursday, January 12, 2017, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m., Home going celebration services Friday, January 13, 2017, at 10:00 am. Interment will follow with honors at the Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery, 1501 Maryland Ave., NLR, AR. Arrangements by: Ruffin & Jarrett Funeral Home, 1200 Chester St. LR (501) 372-1305.




Olethia Gladys Plant


Olethia Gladys Plant was born on August 22, 1932 in Hensley, Arkansas. She was one of thirteen children born to the late Mr. James H. Plant, Sr. and Mrs. Gladys (Campbell) Plant. She was a faithful member of Pilgrim Rest Missionary Baptist Church at Woodson, Arkansas.

She was a retired employee of Timex in Little Rock, Arkansas. She loved to cook, sew, gardening, fishing, reading, and most of all she loved spreading the word of God. Her second loving families are: Don and Libby McDaniel and their son Chris McDaniel; Ken and Rhonda Dick.

She was preceded in death by: her brothers, Mr. James H. Plant, Jr., Mr. David Plant, and Rev. Fred Plant; sisters, Mrs. Alberta Dolby, Mrs. Bobbie J. Price, and Mrs. Victoria Horton; and one grandson, Mr. Freddie King, Jr. She leaves to cherish her memory her daughter, Ms. Delois King of Woodson, Arkansas; and two sons, Mr. Freddie Plant of Hensley, Arkansas and 1st SGT (Retired) Arthur D. Plant of Huntsville, Alabama; brother, Mr. Arthur Plant of Oakland, California; sisters, Ms. Beatrice Plant of Hensley, Arkansas; Mrs. Earline Guel of Little Rock, Arkansas; Mrs. Luvenia Waggoner of Hensley, Arkansas; and Ms. Joyce Plant of Hensley, Arkansas; four grandchildren, Ms. Bernice Horton and Ms. JoAnn Pendarvis both of Little Rock, Arkansas; Miss. Ashley Plant of Denver, Colorado; and Miss. Alisha Plant of Huntsville, Alabama; eight great-grandchildren, three great great-grandchildren and a host of relatives and friends.

Home going services will be held Saturday, January 14, 2017, 11:00 am, at Ruffin & Jarrett Funeral Home Chapel, 1200 South Chester Street, Little Rock, AR (501) 372-1305. Interment will follow at Rest In Peace Memorial Park, Hensley, AR.



Dorothy G. Bland


Dorothy G. Bland 81, of Little Rock, AR., passed away on Jan.  6, 2017. She was the best mama and granny in the world to her family.  She will always be known for her unconditional love, strong work ethic, Christian faith, great cooking and gardening skills.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Janie Freeman; brothers, Thornton “T.B.”, John “June” Jr. and Charles Freeman; sisters, Demple McCray and Malvertis Woolfolk; two infant children, Dorothy Lee Bland and Larry James Bland.

Mrs. Bland is survived by six children, Pat (Ken) Cross, Catherine (Richard) Donald, Lee (Sheila) Bland, Dorothy M. Bland, Veronica Bland and Larry D. Bland. Other survivors include her two sisters, Janie (Willie) Thomas and Juana Dockett as well as 21 grandchildren and more than 30 great grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Viewing will be Friday, January 13, 2017, 3-5 pm, at Ruffin & Jarrett Funeral Home, 1200 South Chester St. Little Rock, AR. (501) 372-1305. A celebration of her life will be held Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017, 12:00 noon, at the Greater Macedonia Baptist Church, 600 E. 24th St., Little Rock, AR. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made in her honor to the Dorothy G. Bland Memorial Scholarship Fund at Greater Macedonia Baptist Church or the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Foundation.


Aldonia Lashley


Aldonia Baldwin Lashley, 93, was born in Dermott, Arkansas, and passed away peacefully at home December 11, 2016. She was faithful member of Bethel A.M.E Church in Little Rock, Arkansas for 85 years, she also served on the usher board for 30 years.

Aldonia was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence Lashley; both parents Ivelia Turner Baldwin and William Baldwin; daughter, Dorothy Ann Hoston; two sisters; and one brother.

She’s survived by her son in-law, Harold Hoston; grandchildren, Tony Hoston, Minette Siegman, Nadara (Michael) Conley; 9 great grandchildren; 3 great great grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

Visitation will be held Friday, December 16, 2016, 6-7:00 pm, at Ruffin & Jarrett Funeral Home, 1200 S. Chester Street, Little Rock, AR (501) 372-1305. The funeral will be Saturday, December 17, 2016, 11:00 am, at Bethel A.M.E Church, 815 W. 16th Street, LR. Interment will follow Haven of Rest Cemetery.

Marvin Ray Moland


Marvin Ray Moland 55, of Little Rock, AR., passed December 7, 2016. Survivors: mother, Vera Pearl Biggers of Little Rock, AR; father, Curlee Moland Star City, AR. Special Thanks to the doctors and nurses at ICU Baptist Hospital. Home going services: Saturday, December 17, 2016, 11:30 am, Ruffin & Jarrett Funeral Home, 1200 Chester LR. (501) 372-1305. Visitation: 10-11:30 am prior to the service. Interment will follow at Elmlawn Cemetery.

Johnny Clyde Watson


John C. Watson 67, of Mabelvale, AR made his transition from this earthly life on December 9, 2016.

He was a member of the Horace Mann Class of 1967. He attended Little Rock University for two years before enlisting in the United States Air Force. He also served in the United States Army.

He was predeceased by his parents, Floyd and Callie Robinson; daughter, Regina Watson; and brother, James Watson.

He leaves to cherish his memories wife, Joyce; daughters, Danyale (Arlon) Jenkins, Christie (Everett) Hamilton and Dr. Kimberly (Michael) Chandler; son, Peter Davis; grandchildren, Brandon, Jostin, Jacob, Micah, Katelyn, Justin, Arlon Jr., and Kourtni; one brother, John (Regina) Watson; niece, Patricia (Harold) Williams, mother-in-law, Effie Brown; and great-uncle, Gilbert Harris.

Visitation will be from 6-7 p.m., Thursday, December 15, 2016, at Ruffin & Jarrett Funeral Home. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m., Friday, December 16, 2016, at Ruffin & Jarrett Funeral Home Chapel, 1200 S. Chester St. Little Rock, AR. Interment will follow with honors at Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery, 1501 Maryland Ave., Sherwood, AR.



Erma Lee McQueen Lane


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


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