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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.

Anderson Flowers

PARIS, TEXAS — Apostle Anderson Flower, III, 36, of Paris, Texas, formerly of Pine Bluff, Ark. passed May 29, 2016. Funeral arrangements will be announced by Paradise Funeral Home of Pine Bluff.

Robert Scales

NORTH LITTLE ROCK — Robert L. Scales, 44, of North Little Rock passed May 26, 2016. Funeral arrangements will be announced by Paradise Funeral Home of Pine Bluff.

Geraldine Nichols

Geraldine Lynette Nichols, 76, of Pine Bluff passed May 25, 2016 at Davis Life Care Center. Born January 20, 1940 in Sherrill, Ark. to the late Willie M. and Florence Nichols.

Joseph Bottom

Joseph Guy Bottom, 88, of Pine Bluff, Ark, died Tuesday, May 31, 2016, at Davis Life care center. He was born August 15, 1927, in Pine Bluff to Joe and Jennie Guy Bottom.

V.L. Fergusson

CONWAY — V.L. (Bebo) Fergusson, 89, of Conway, died Sunday, May 29, 2016. He was born in his grandparents’ house in the Sulphur Springs community near Pine Bluff, Ark.

Alma T. Ogletree

BENTONVILLE — Alma T. Roberts Ogletree, 92 of Lowell passed away Sunday, May 29, 2016 in Bentonville. She was born January 17, 1924 in Montague County, Texas to Elic and Susan McMillion Cagle.