Ruth Bledsoe Miller
Ruth Bledsoe Miller, of Little Rock, passed away on Tuesday, February 25, 2003. She was born on June 4, 1920, in Arkadelphia, to John D. and Rosa Terrell Bledsoe. She lived most of her life in McGehee, where she was a teacher and school librarian. She retired from the State Library Commission for the Blind in Little Rock. She was a member of Westover Hills Presbyterian Church where she served as an Elder and Moderator of Cluster Presbyterian Women. She was the State PTA President in 1953 and a past president of Delta Kappa Gamma Sorority of professional women. She was Arkansas Mother of the Year in 1996. After retiring she spent her time volunteering, traveling and enjoying her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Her husband, Harvey M. Miller of MeGehee, preceded Ruth in death. She is survived by three children: her son, Richard H. Miller of Little Rock, and daughters Rose Ann Miller Scheiderer of Forrest City, and Johnni Miller Huchkabee of Hot Springs. Her sister Alice Wilson of Waco, Texas, and one brother, Winburn Bledsoe of Tyler, Texas, also remain, as well as eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be Friday at 9:30 am at Ruebel Funeral Home, with services to follow at 10 am. Burial will be at 2:30pm Friday, February 28, at McGehee Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Arkansas Hospice and the Alzheimer’s Association.
Lois E. Wilson Nolden
Lois E. Wilson Nolden, 88 of O'Fallon, IL died Sunday, May 25, 2003. She was born on Feb. 10, 1915 in Allegan, MI. She was a member of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Little Rock. She is survived by a son, Col. Wesley L. Nolden II and his wife, Nellie of O'Fallon, IL, brothers, Donald Wilson and his wife, Eileen of Otsego, MI and Clayton Wilson of Riga, MI and two grandchildren, Wesley L. Nolden, III and Amanda Nolden. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Wesley C. Nolden, her parents, Patrick and Flossie Weaver Wilson and two brothers, Milton and Robert Wilson.
A graveside funeral service will be held at 2:00 P.M. Friday in Pinecrest Memorial Park. Memorials, in lieu of flowers may be made to the American Lung Association. Arrangements are by Ruebel Funeral Home.
Florence Bradford Adams
Florence Bradford Adams, widow of B.C. Adams and daughter of M. E. and Gertrude Bradford, died Sunday, April 6, 2003. She was a faithful member of Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church, the Rudd-Streepy Fox Sunday School Class and The United Methodist Women.
Survivors are her daughters Florence Albright and husband Clint of Little Rock, Betty Deaton and husband Claude of Little Rock, and Evalyn Brawley and husband Roger of Oklahoma City, OK ; grandsons, Clint and Mark Albright, Steven and Gary Shrider ; granddaughters Chris Morgan and Beth Tanzy; nine great- grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.
Graveside services will be held at 2 pm Wednesday at Roselawn Memorial Park with Rev. Vic Nixon officiating . The family will receive friends between 5-7 pm on Tuesday at Ruebel Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to The Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church or the Arkansas Hospice. Arrangements are under the direction of Ruebel Funeral Home.
Skipwith Winfield Adams
Skipwith Winfield Adams, age 88, of Little Rock was born Sept. 30, 1914 in Little Rock, and passed away May 28, 2003 in Austin, Texas. He was the son of Skipwith Winfield Adams and Lottie Fones Reaves Adams. Skip lived in Helena from 1915 through 1932 before moving back to Little Rock until April 2000. In 1932, he graduated from Helena High School, where he was on the football, basketball, track and baseball teams. He also played on baseball and softball teams in Little Rock during the 1930s.
Skip maintained an interest in all sports, particularly Arkansas Razorback football, attending most of the games from 1932 through 1999, and was a longtime member of the Razorback Foundation.
Skip attended Little Rock Junior College (now UALR) for one year before going to work, following his father’s death in 1933. He served in World War II in the U.S. Army Signal Corps as a Cryptographic Technician in New Guinea and the Philippines. After the war, Skip returned to Little Rock, where he worked as an independent insurance agent, eventually opening his own agency.
Skip is survived by his wife of 51 years, Mildred Laux Adams and his daughter, Jane A. Trainham both of Austin, Texas. Other survivors include his sister Jane A. Farabee, brother Reaves Adams; niece Kay A. Rash, nephew Tommy R. Adams; great-niece Ashley Galloway; and great-great-niece Brenna Galloway, all of Little Rock.
A memorial service will be held at Ruebel Funeral Home at 10 a.m. on Thursday June 5, 2003. A committal service will follow at Mount Holly Cemetery in Little Rock.
Memorials may be made to Therapy Pet Pals of Texas, 3930 Bee Caves Road, Suite 6B, Austin, Texas, 78759 78746, or Christopher House, c/o Hospice Austin, 4107 Spicewood Springs Road, Austin, Texas.
John Wilmar Ansley
John Wilmar Ansley, 93, of Little Rock died Saturday, Feb. 8, in Independence, MO. He was born in Osborne, Kansas to John B. and Maggie Diella Simpson Ansley. After he attended Southwest Missouri State College in Springfield, MO In 1936 he married Frances McVay.In 1946 he married Dessie Merle Cox and they were married for 53 years before her death in 1999. During those years they lived in Little Rock. In 1975 he retired from the Arkansas Democrat, where he was an advertising salesman. At the age of 75 he received a degree in Library Science from UALR. He was a member of the Delta Sigma Chi fraternity, and Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church, where he and Merle were very active in their Sunday School when they were younger. John was a member of a dance club, was an avid reader and enjoyed hobbies including gardening, fishing, dancing, singing, and geriatric exercises. He truly sang and danced through life. John was one of those special people who everyone loved. As he grew older, he was supported by countless friends who were attracted to his positive spirit and never ending zest for life. He had lived the past 8 months in Raytown, MO to be near his daughter and family. He is survived by his daughter Frances Jane Matson and her husband, Charles of Raytown, MO, a granddaughter Cathie Muschany and her husband Rob, of Kailua. Hawaii, great-granddaughter, Erin Muschany, two nephews, Wade Noxon, of Little Rock and Frank Turner, Dallas, TX and very special friends Ashvin and Diane Vibhakar and their children, Nathan and Abbey of Little Rock. He will be missed by his many friends at Woodland Heights of Little Rock and Bickford House in Raytown, MO. The family would also like to extend a very special thank-you to caregivers, Marijane Burton and Virtus Williams.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday February 15th at the Ruebel Funeral Home. The family will receive friends at 10:00a.m. until service time at the funeral home. Burial will follow in Roselawn Memorial Park. Memorials may be made to Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church, the American Heart Association or the Alzheimer's Foundation.
Pearle Dunn Arnold
Pearle Dunn Arnold, 98, of Little Rock died Tuesday, March 18. Pearle was born December 17, 1904 in Hampton, Arkansas. She was preceded in death by her husband John Arnold and her son B. W. Chaffin, Jr. Survivors include her granddaughter Karen Baldwin and her husband, Stephen Baldwin of Charlotte, North Carolina and her grandson, Stephen W. Chaffin and his wife Tricia Chaffin of Little Rock, and six great-grand children. Graveside Service will be Friday, March 21, at 2:00pm in Dunn Cemetery at Faustina, Arkansas. Memorials may be made to the Faustina Methodist Church, c/o William M. Dunn, Highway 4 West, Hampton, Arkansas 71744. Arrangements by Ruebel Funeral Home
Virginia Graydon Arrington
Virginia Graydon Arrington, 90, widow of Newton L. Arrington, of Little Rock died Monday, March 17, 2003. She was born in Danville, AR to Irby Bascom and Isabella McKenzie Graydon and moved to Little Rock in 1917. She graduated from Little Rock High School in 1930. She worked for Ben M. Hogan Construction Co. from 1936 to her retirement in 1954. Virginia was a member of Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church and served as President of Forest Heights Garden Club. She is survived by a special friend, Harris Owen, a loving nephew, Dr. Douglas Graydon and his wife Linda of LaFayette, GA, a loving niece, Mary Jessen and her husband, Scott of Richardson, TX, three great nieces and two great nephews. A private memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements by Ruebel Funeral Home.
Virginia Mitchell Bailey
Virginia Mitchell Bailey, of Little Rock, surrounded by her family and loved ones, passed away on June 1, 2003. She was born in El Dorado, Arkansas on August 7, 1925 to Dr. Joseph Grover Mitchell and Maude Henderson Mitchell. She was preceded in death by her parents and by her brother, Joseph Grover Mitchell, Jr.
Virginia is survived by her husband of almost 58 years, H. A. Ted Bailey, Jr., M.D., whom she married on June 23, 1945 at First Baptist Church in El Dorado.
Virginia was most proud of what she called her "wonderful family." She and Dr. Bailey have five surviving children, who, together with their spouses, are Mary Maude Shafer and Robert Shafer of Little Rock; H. A. Ted Bailey III and Maranda Bailey of Little Rock; Virginia Jo McCray and Kevin McCray of Bucharest, Romania; John S. Bailey and Patricia Bailey of Little Rock; and Madeline Henry and David Deming Henry of Little Rock. She is survived by 22 grandchildren, Laura, Mary Catherine, Philip, and Sarah Shafer; Ben, Ted IV, Ali, and Barrett Bailey; Virginia, Jason, Mitchell, Elianna, Melissa, James, Emily, and Elizabeth McCray; Rachael, Erik, Eddie, and Rebecca Bailey; and Mary and Johnny Henry. She also is survived by her nephew, Joe Mitchell, of Chicago, Illinois, and by her nephew and niece, Abe Mitchell and Virginia Ann Mitchell, both of Miami, Florida.
Virginia attended El Dorado public schools through the tenth grade. She graduated from Gulf Park By-The-Sea High School in Gulfport, Mississippi in June 1943. She attended the University of Arkansas in the summer and fall of 1943, where she was a member of the Pi Beta Phi Sorority. She also was elected Secretary of the University freshman class. In 1944, she transferred to Lindenwood College for Girls in St. Charles, Missouri for one year. She attended Baylor University in Waco, Texas while Dr. Bailey interned at Scott White Hospital in Temple, Texas. She graduated from Baylor in June 1948. While Dr. Bailey completed his ear, nose and throat residency in New Orleans, Louisiana, she took graduate courses at Tulane University and at the Soulé Business School.
Virginia and Dr. Bailey returned to Little Rock in 1953 after Dr. Bailey completed his service in the United States Navy during the Korean War at the Millington Naval Hospital in Millington, Tennessee. Together they founded Bailey Corporation, a real estate development, management and investment company, in January 1956. Their projects included the Foxcroft, Campus Place, McClellan Place, St. Charles, and St. Thomas Subdivisions and the Foxcroft and Andover Square Townhomes. Virginia personally planned and directed the development of the River Bend Townhomes on the banks of the Arkansas River, where the Baileys made their home.
Virginia was President of Bailey Corporation from 1966 to 1991, which later was reorganized as Bailey Properties, LLC, where she continued as Vice President. She was the Manager and major stockholder of the family-owned Bailey Timberlands in Sabine Parish, Louisiana. She was Executive Director of Bailey Sabine Developments, which developed the Bailey Bluff Condominiums at Cypress Bend Hotel and Resort Park on Toledo Bend Lake near Many, Louisiana. She also developed the Miller Bay, Pegleg Cove, and Little Flock Subdivisions in Sabine Parish.
In 1976, Virginia's leadership in business affairs was recognized by her being the first woman elected to the Eighth District Federal Reserve Bank Board in St. Louis, Missouri, thereby becoming one of the first four women ever to be elected to District Bank Boards of the Federal Reserve nationwide. In 1988, she was chosen to be among the first group of nine women to become members of the Downtown Rotary, Club No. 99.
Virginia served on the Advisory Board of the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C. She was a member of the Fine Arts Club since 1960. She served for 17 years on the Arkansas Arts Center Board of Trustees and for 12 years on the Arts Center Foundation Board. She was Secretary of the Arts Center Board in 1974, President of the Board from 1976 to 1977, and Chairman of the Board from 1977 to 1978. In 1989, she received the Winthrop Rockefeller Annual Award for outstanding service to the Arts Center. In 2001, the Arts Center Board named the Virginia and Ted Bailey Gallery in her honor.
From 1992 to 1995, Virginia served on the Advisory Board of the University of Arkansas School of Architecture. She served as the first President of the Friends of the Arts at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. In 1988, she and Dr. Bailey received the Builders Award from UALR for outstanding service to the University. Virginia and Dr. Bailey played a significant role in the establishment of the Faculty Excellence Awards at UALR and continue to sponsor the Bailey University Teaching Award for Excellence, inaugurated in 1988. In June 2002, UALR opened the Alumni & Friends Center, named The Bailey Center in honor of Virginia and Dr. Bailey.
In recognition of their philanthropic support for so many charitable groups in the community and elsewhere, and by nomination from UALR, Virginia and Dr. Bailey received the Philanthropist of the Year Award from the Arkansas Chapter of the National Association of Fundraisers in 1994. In 1990, Virginia received one of the annual Outstanding Women of the Year Awards sponsored by Boatmen's Bank. She was honored with the Arkansas Arts and Humanities Award (AAHA) in 1995. She was a long-time member of Fifty for the Future, the CARTI Board, the UALR Foundation Fund Board, the Visiting Nurses Association Board, the Baptist Hospital-operated Parkway Village Board, and the Florence Crittenden Home Board.
Virginia was a sustaining member of the Junior League of Little Rock and a faithful member of Little Rock's First Baptist Church. Together with Dr. Bailey, she was a member of the Country Club of Little Rock since 1954.
Memorials may be made to the Arkansas Arts Center, the UALR Foundation Fund, Little Rock's First Baptist Church, or to a charity of the donor's choice.
Visitation will be at the Ruebel Funeral Home at 6313 West Markham Street from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 4, 2003. The funeral service will be held at Little Rock's First Baptist Church at 62 Pleasant Valley Drive at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 5, 2003, to be followed by a burial service at Roselawn Cemetery.
William Monroe Ballard Jr.
William Monroe Ballard Jr., age 77, of Little Rock died April 5, 2003.
He was a graduate of the University of Arkansas in 1949. He was a World War II Veteran with the United States Navy. He retired as Administrator of Revenue for the Arkansas State Parks Department. He was also the former Vice President of Moses Melody for many years.
He is survived by his loving wife Marion Hardy Ballard; three children, Barry Ballard of Hot Springs, Janice Ballard Rogers of Little Rock, and Greg Ballard of Little Rock ; six grand children. He is also survived by one sister, Fannie Cash of Batesville.
A graveside service will be held at 11:00am on Tuesday at Pinecrest Memorial Park . The family will receive friends from 5-7 pm on Monday evening at Ruebel Funeral Home.
Thomas Anthony Barranco
Thomas Anthony Barranco, 45of Pine Bluff, died Wednesday, July 16 after a lengthy illness.
Thomas was a 1976 graduate of Watson Chapel High School, and his thirst for knowledge continued throughout his life. He was a voracious reader, lover of the written word, and student of antiquities. His quest for knowledge was fueled by his lifelong pursuit of the Truth and a desire to reach higher spiritually.
God blessed him with many gifts and talents. He was a skilled artist, developing a style much like that of Michael Angelo. He specialized in Classic Iconic Art. He possessed a great love for music and had quite a beautiful singing voice himself. He had a tender heart for animals and all of nature.
The son of the late Phillip C. Barranco, Thomas leaves behind his mother, Lois Wilson Barranco, two brothers, Philip(Shelba) of Pine Bluff and Robert (Amy) of Hot Springs and three sisters, Vanessa, Teresa and Paula, all of Little Rock. We will miss him; but we know he is happy with God on this, his Magical Mystery Tour.
There will be a memorial service held at 2:00 p.m. Monday at Lakeside Methodist Church at 1500 Olive Street in Pine Bluff. The family will receive friends at 6800 Ozark, Pine Bluff following the service. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials be sent to St. Jude's Children's Research Center, 501 St. Jude's Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Arrangements are by Ruebel Funeral Home.
Martha Lucille Wehner Blume
Martha Lucille Wehner Blume, 86, of Little Rock died Monday, September 22, 2003. She was born in Kansas City, MO. Before her marriage to Everett John Blume in February 1946 she worked for a pharmaceutical company and Pratt and Whitney. She and her husband then moved to Denver CO in 1946, and in 1947 moved to Hermosa Beach CA and later Palis Verdes before moving to Neosho, MO in 1956. Tulsa became their home in 1969 and she remained there until earlier this year when she moved to Little Rock to be near her family. Mr. Blume preceded her in death in 1976. She is survived by two daughters, Barbara L. Wolfe and her husband Harvey of Eagle Rock, MO and Linda B. Buzbee and her husband J. R. of Little Rock., a brother, Robert Wehner of Kansas City, MO and four grandchildren.
A graveside funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, September 27 in Lindenwood Cemetery Chapel in Fort Wayne, IN.
Memorials may be made to Baptist Hospice.
Arrangements are under the direction of Ruebel Funeral Home.