George Ivory


His Life

Attorney George Spencer Ivory, Jr. of Little Rock, AR was born February 8, 1943, the second child of George and Verdie Haynie Ivory.  Born in Camden, Arkansas, he grew up between Camden, AR and Rosston, AR as his parents were educators of the Oak Grove School District in Rosston, AR. He graduated from Oak Grove High School and finished his Bachelor of Science in Biology at Arkansas AM&N College, now the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.  George taught high school math and worked in state government before attending law school.  In 1977, he graduated with a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Arkansas- Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law.

For thirty-three years, George had a notable career as a practicing attorney in Arkansas.  He was a partner in the firm of Walker, Roaf, Campbell, Ivory and Dunklin until 1996 when he founded the Ivory Law Firm. In addition to his private law practice, he served as general counsel for the Arkansas Tribune and co-bond counsel on the expansion of the Bill and Hillary Clinton Airport.  As an entrepreneur, Attorney Ivory helped to establish the first minority-owned radio station and one of the first African-American owned mortgage companies in the State of Arkansas.

As a dedicated member of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, he served over the years as a Trustee, Steward, and a member of the Men of Bethel.  He felt blessed that he could combine his life-long passion of golf with his love of Christ when he started the Bethel AME Church Golf Tournament for the Men of Bethel.

In addition to his desire to serve his law clients, George valued helping his community.  His outstanding service to his community and church was recognized through awards from: the International Consortium of Black Women in Business, Boy Scouts (Outstanding service to Youth), and the Christian Ministerial Alliance, where he received the Dr. R.K. Young Humanitarian Award. George served on the Little Rock Waste Water Utility Board for ten years and the Board of Directors of the National Bar Association. He was a member of Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity International, W. Harold Flowers Law Society and the Arkansas Bar Association.

George was preceded in death by his father, George Spencer Ivory, Sr.; his mother, Verdie Haynie Ivory; his sister, Doris Ivory; and his mother-in-law, Vivian McGhee.

George Ivory’s greatest love was his family, who adored him. He is survived by his beloved wife, Rose McGhee Ivory; his son, George Ivory, III; his daughter, Jennifer Ivory; his brother, William Ivory (Billye) of Houston, TX;  his niece, Monica Ivory of Houston, TX;  his niece, Kimberley Ivory of Houston, TX; in laws, Marva Cooper of Camden, AR; James Clemons of Memphis, TN; Ridgley McGhee (Arvis) of San Diego, CA; Louis McGhee (Ollie) of Alexandria, LA and Annette Lewis  (Roscoe) of Dallas, TX and a host of nephews, nieces, cousins and an abundant number of great friends. A Celebration of his life will be held Friday, September 2, 2016, 11:00 am, at Bethel AME Church, 815 West 16th Street, Little Rock, AR. Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park, 2801 Asher Ave. LR, AR. Services entrusted to: Ruffin & Jarrett Funeral Home, 1200 South Chester Street, Little Rock, AR 72202 (501) 372-1305.




3 thoughts on “George Ivory

  1. George Ivory was a good person and I was lucky to know him first when he served on the Little Rock Sanitary Sewer Committee and I represented the Sewer Committee, as attorney for 30 years and during his time serving on the Committee. Our friendship continued after his service ended and I always enjoyed a visit with him, however brief. He served the people of Little Rock on the Sewer Committee well, second to none. He was a straight shooter, frank, honest and hard working with good judgment and he always provided the Little Rock Wastewater Utility with good, and sound advice. He was an important asset to the Committee and Staff in the operations of the Utility while serving on the Committee. He was always there when needed, particularly during some controversial times. I extend my deepest sympathy to Mrs. Ivory and the family. At this sad time, I hope his family’s pride and appreciation for the life George lived and his many accomplishments will provide them comfort in dealing with the loss of such a fine man, loving and devoted husband and father, and one who should serve as a model for us all in his devotion to the law, as well as his public service. I shall miss his friendly smile and conversation and sense of humor, but I will remember him always and be grateful for the chance to call him my friend.

    Don F. Hamilton
    Little Rock, AR

  2. I’ve known Atty Ivory since I was a little girl. I always thought of him as the Big Brother on Lincoln Dr in Camden, AR neighborhood. Atty Ivory, thank you for helping me and teaching me how to understand the Law….

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