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Nell Smith

RUSSELLVILLE - Nell Denton Smith, age 91, of Russellville died on June 24, 2016, at Arkansas Hospice River Valley Home in Russellville, Ark. She was born August 19, 1924 in Plainview, Ark., to John Jacob and Edna Dowell Denton. Other than her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Robert Gerald Smith; son, Robert Gerald Smith, Jr.; brothers, Lawrence, Loren, Dowell and Dale Denton.

Vivian Scott

FORDYCE - Vivian Louis Tolerson Scott, 95, of Fordyce, Ark., departed this life June 23, 2016, surrounded by family. She was born March 3, 1921 to the late Ethel Hurshpield Tolerson and Jessie E. Tolerson, Sr. in Auvergne, Ark. She was preceded in death by four sisters: Vernell T. Proffitt, Gloria T. Haskins, Doris T. Borders, Delores T. Blackwell; and two brothers, Clay Tolerson, Sr. and Jessie E. Tolerson, Jr. She is survived by one sister, Floy T. Nelson (Robert), Newport, Ark. Vivian married the late Reverend Herbert M. Scott, Sr. December 25, 1949. Two children were born from this union: Herbert M. Scott, Jr. (Yana), Little Rock, Ark., and Marquis Daryl Scott (Joyce), Pine Bluff, Ark. She has two grandchildren, Yana-Janell Scott, Little Rock, Ark., and Ulysses S. Grant, IV, Houston, Texas and two great grandchildren, Brooklyn Ife Grant and Austin Elijah Grant. Vivian attended W. F. Branch Colored Junior High School, Newport, Ark., and received her high school diploma from Cotton Plant Academy, Cotton Plant, Ark. In 1944, she earned her B.S. Degree in Home Economics from Philander Smith College, Little Rock, Ark., and further studied Library Science/Media at A.M.&N, Pine Bluff, Ark., Atlanta University, Atlanta, Ga., and Our Lady of the Lake College, San Antonio, Texas. In 1983, after serving the Fordyce School District for 36 years, Vivian retired. She taught third grade and civics at Dallas County Training School and was a librarian for Fordyce Middle and J. E. Wallace School. She continued to serve an additional 15 years in the district as a substitute teacher after retirement. She was also a faithful servant at Mt. Olive United Methodist Church; a member of the Elegant Ladies Club; Delta Sigma Theta Sorority; and the Fordyce Scholarship Association where she served eight years as President. She was the recipient of numerous awards and honors. Services will be held at First United Methodist Church, 104 East Fourth Street, Fordyce, Ark. Visitation will be 4:30-6:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 28, 2016 and the funeral will be 11 a.m., Wednesday, June 29, 2016.

Hazel Hay

Mrs. Hazel Marie Hay, 72, of Pine Bluff, Ark., passed Tuesday, June 21, 2016. She was born in Bastrop, La., to the late Gurtha Cotton and Freddie Mae Fudge Cotton.

Frances Royston

Frances Overton Royston, 92, died Monday, June 13, 2016, at Presbyterian Village in Little Rock. Born August 25, 1923, in Decatur County, Tenn., Frances was the eldest daughter of the late Rev. James Arter and Lula Jane Pope Overton. Frances married Arthur Lee Royston, Sr. on May 8, 1943.

Bobbie McNeil

STAR CITY - Bobbie Dean Blocker McNeil, 78 of Star City died Monday at Arkansas Convalescent Center in Pine Bluff. She was born January 26, 1938 in Kosciusko, Miss., to the late Clifton and Velma Summers Blocker. She was a member of Green Meadows Baptist Church in Pine Bluff and was a retired child worker for Wesley United Methodist Church in Pine Bluff.

Caesar Massanelli Jr.

HOT SPRINGS — Caesar Edward Massanelli Jr., 78, of Hot Springs Village passed peacefully from this life to be with his Lord and Savior on June 19, 2016. He was born January 21, 1938 in Pine Bluff to the late Caesar and Elena (Magnini) Massanelli.

Soon Cha Anderson

ALTHEIMER — Soon Cha Anderson, 71, of Altheimer, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday morning, June 19, 2016, at UAMS Medical Center in Little Rock. Born Soon Cha Kim, June 29, 1944, in Seoul South Korea, she was the daughter of the late Ho Nam Kim and Kum Chu Lee Kim.