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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.

Harry Grider

WARREN — Harry Loyd Grider, age 83, of Warren, Ark., died Friday, June 3, at his home. Born October 28, 1932, in Sumpter, Ark., a son of the late Earl Grider and Elun Beasley Grider he was one of a set of triplets. Loyd was retired from Potlatch Corporation with 42 years of service as a millwright, carpenter and crane operator. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War, a fisherman, member of First Baptist Church and the widower of Janice Taylor Grider who died November 10, 2009. They were united in marriage July 10, 1959. Also preceding him in death were brothers Thomas Grider, Dick Grider, Joe Mack Grider, Bill Grider; sisters Margie Baker, Bobbie Jo Doss and an infant sister.

Susan Zook

LITTLE ROCK — When the music was turned up, Susan Zook loved to dance. And sing. And laugh. Preferably all at the same time. Her loved ones know that the band is now getting warmed up to play for Susan.

John Armstrong

PARKVILLE, MO. — John M. Armstrong, 84, of Parkville, Mo. passed away Saturday, May 21, 2016. He was born in Rison, Ark. to Jessie W. Armstrong and Mattie Armstrong on September 27, 1931.