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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.

Russell Davis

Russell “Slim” Lee Davis, of Pine Bluff, was born on May 10, 1948 and passed away June 8, 2016. He was a lifelong resident of Pine Bluff. Slim retired after many years of service from Varco Pruden where he worked as a welder. He was a member of Watson Chapel Baptist Church. Slim was an avid hunter and fisherman and loved his church.

Myles Robinson

LITTLE ROCK — Myles Jermaine Robinson, 3, of Little Rock, Ark., departed this life on June 3, 2016. He leaves memories with his parents, Marcus Robinson and Melody “Delph” Alexander; siblings, Malik Robinson, Jalaya Alexander, and Jamiya Alexander, all of Little Rock, and Trinity Robinson of Fayetteville, Ark.; grandparents, Andrew and Sharon Robinson, and Glenn Delph all of Pine Bluff, Ark., Charles and Joy Ballard of Little Rock, Ark. Special thanks to Arkansas Hospice, Dr. Carrie Brown and Dr. Leah Youngblood of Arkansas Children Hospital.

Joann Shields

Joann Shields, 62, of Pine Bluff, formerly of McGehee passed Monday, June 6, 2016 at UAMS Medical Center in Little Rock. Arrangements will be announced by Brown Funeral Home of Dumas.

Eugene Clowers

Eugene Willis Clowers, 96, passed away this past Monday night. June 6, 2016. Born January 10, 1920 in Rison, Ark., she was the daughter of the late Andy and Maudie Rodgers Willis.

Grant Griffin

CONWAY - Grant Gillis Griffin, 83 of Conway died peacefully Sunday at his home. He was born June 11, 1932 in Faulkner County to the late Minor Afton and Harriet Hall Fowlkes Griffin. Mr. Griffin was born and raised in Faulkner County. He was a 1950 graduate of Conway High School, then attended and graduated from the Dallas Institute of Mortuary Science in 1956. He worked at funeral homes in Conway, N. Little Rock, Magnolia, Rison, Greenbrier, McGehee and Star City, which he owned from 1973-1979. While living in Star City, he retired as Assistant Fire Chief and had served as the Lincoln County Coroner from 1959 until 1980. He was a member of Central Baptist Church in Magnolia. He was a past president of the Southeast Arkansas Peace Officers Association. Later he was a locksmith for the Arkansas Department of Corrections and was currently working for Yeager Transportation in Greenbrier. He was an Endowment Member of the National Rifle Association. He loved gun and locksmithing. He knew many and loved all. He never met a stranger. Of all his earthly accomplishment, his greatest accomplishment was his salvation in our Lord Jesus Christ.