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Obituary for Grace G. Jackson Edwards, of Little Rock, AR - Arkansas Online

Obituary for Grace G. Jackson Edwards, of Little Rock, AR - Arkansas Online

Obituary for Grace G. Jackson Edwards, of Little Rock, AR - Arkansas Online

Posted: 12 Dec 2020 10:13 PM PST

GRACE G. JACKSON, the fourth of six children, was born in El Dorado, Arkansas to Professor N. F. Jackson, principal at Washington High School and Mrs. Ruth Jackson, who taught Music and English at Washington High School as well. Mr. and Mrs. Jackson instilled in their children the love of God, family, music, education, and a commitment to community service. These values were the foundation of every aspect of her life and work.

Blessed with a beautiful soprano voice and perfect pitch, Mrs. Edwards was a gifted, classically trained Musician who also focused on piano and organ. After graduating from Washington High School, Mrs. Edwards received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from Arkansas Mechanical and Normal College (AM&N – now, the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff) in 1950. A true trailblazer, she was one of the few African Americans admitted to the graduate program at Indiana University in the 1950's. In June of 1953, after only one year, she earned a Master's degree in Music Education from Indiana University.

Mrs. Edwards then joined the faculty of Alabama State University. She became an active member of Martin Luther King's Dexter Avenue Baptist Church. In June of 1955, she married Robert (Bob) Eubanks. Three children were born from their union - Millicent, Robert (Bobby) and Brian. Her husband was killed in a tragic automobile accident in July of 1961.

Despite her loss, Mrs. Edwards forged ahead. In 1962, a former colleague from Alabama State, Dr. R. D. (David) Crockett, the sixth president of Philander Smith College, offered her a teaching position. Mrs. Edwards taught at Philander Smith for over forty years, until she retired. During that time, she touched the lives of countless students. She was particularly gifted at using music to bring out her students' potential and self-confidence by helping them discover their inner voices. She would start with: "I hear a beautiful voice . . .have you ever taken voice lessons or sung in a choir. . .?"

Mrs. Edwards was known for generously sharing her musical gifts and for her ability to train others. Her choirs at Philander Smith and at Little Rock's Mount Zion Baptist Church were widely acknowledged. She was especially proud of the recognition received from Governor Bill Clinton.

In 1973, Grace married Burrell Edwards, also a member of the Faculty/Staff at Philander Smith. They shared a love of music and were inseparable life partners for over 30 years.

After she retired, she continued to remain close to the Church. She and Mr. Edwards were faithful members of First Baptist Church of Highland Park. She faithfully served as a member of the Music Ministry playing at weekly prayer services.

Mrs. Edwards was predeceased by her parents, four siblings, both husbands, and her beloved son, Bobby. She is survived by her sister, Bobbie Cope; her children, Millicent and Brian (Quinnetta, and children Lawrence, Briana, Calvin, Ashley, Thomas, Rayne, and Loren); her beloved granddaughter, Samantha Hughes (Christopher); and great-grandson, Gabriel Hughes. She will be missed by nieces: Nancy Cope, Leslie Brothers, Jill Petty, Audrey Petty, and Miriam Petty; brother-in-law, Joe Petty; many extended family members, friends and countless students whose lives she has touched.

A walk-through visitation will be held on Friday, December 18th, from noon to 4 p.m. at Ruffin & Jarrett Funeral Home Chapel, 1200 Chester Street, Little Rock Ark., 72202 (501) 372-1305. Masks are required and social distancing will be observed.

Interment Services will take place on Monday, December 21st at 1 p.m. at the Arkansas State Veterans' Cemetery 1501 Maryland, North Little Rock, Ark.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Baptist Health Foundation – Angel Fund. Donations increase the number of IPads available to help family members share last, precious moments with dying patients. Website: www.Baptisthealthfoundation.org, Watershed Family Resources (Food pantry and family services). Website: https://thewatershed1.com, First Baptist Church of Highland Park. 1701 Pine St., Little Rock Ark., 72204 or Philander Smith College, 900 West Daisy L. Gatson Bates Drive, Little Rock, Ark., 72202.

Published December 13, 2020

Ruffin & Jarrett Funeral Home
1200 Chester St., Little Rock
Phone: 501-372-1305

Obituary: Norman T. Richardson Jr. - Portland Press Herald - pressherald.com

Posted: 12 Dec 2020 10:01 PM PST

Norman T. Richardson Jr.

SCARBOROUGH – Norman T. Richardson Jr., 77, passed away unexpectedly in his home on Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020. Norman was born in Salem, Mass. on March 27, 1943, son of the late Norman T. Richardson Sr. and Vivian Turner (McLean).

Norman is survived by a son, Norman "Tom" Richardson III of Gorham, a daughter, Jennifer Richardson of Gardiner; three grandchildren, Seth and Braedyn Richardson of Gorham and Elise Clockedile of Gardiner; and his former wife and friend of 40 years, Renee Richardson.

Norm graduated from Danvers High School, Massachusetts and attended the Berklee School of Music in Boston to study arranging and composition. Norm had great respect for the institution, and encouraged many of his students to attend Berklee to pursue their own musical careers. Later, Norm earned a master's degree in Music Education from UNH.

Norm moved to Maine in the fall of 1967 with his very young family to start a teaching position in music at Falmouth High School. In 1970, with encouragement from Don Doane, he moved to Westbrook High School where he developed a nationally recognized band, winning many awards and respect from the Maine music community.

Norm spent 10 years in Westbrook and then moved to Florida for a short time to teach music at Port Charlotte High School. Norm returned to Maine in 1980, teaching in Sanford, South Portland, and finally Cape Elizabeth before he retired in June of 2002.

Norm's achievements in music include: National Junior Field Band title at the National Convention of the American Legion in Miami; MBDA Marching Band Competitions: First Place and Gold Ratings; and multiple Berklee Jazz Festival wins. Norm also arranged the majority of music for the marching band and jazz competitions.

His greatest accomplishment is the impact he had on his students. Many credit him with inspiring them and guiding the choices that would change the course of their lives. Others say they would not be where they are today if not for his influence.

When Norm was not teaching music he enjoyed sailing, visiting Boothbay Harbor, researching and visiting the Narrow Gauge Railroads in Maine, and watching and feeding his chipmunk "Chip."

Due to Covid restrictions, services will be held at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of the Conroy-Tully Walker Funeral Home, 172 State St., Portland. To view Norman's memorial page, or to leave an online condolence, please visit http://www.ConroyTullyWalker.com;

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Obituary for Whitman Lewis Bransford, of North Little Rock, AR - Arkansas Online

Posted: 12 Dec 2020 10:13 PM PST

WHITMAN LEWIS BRANSFORD was born in Chicago, Illinois, on August 16, 1987, and departed us from North Little Rock, Arkansas, on December 4, 2020.

He was the loving son of Maryanne and Walt Bransford, preceded in death by his grandparents JW and Anne Lewis, and Lee and Jeanne Bransford, his aunt Robin Bugge and his childhood dogs Sparky and Calvin.

Whitman was a graduate of North Little Rock High School and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He worked as a teacher for VIPKid, providing online English instruction to students in China. But he was particularly well known for his talents as a musician, working and performing as a freelance artist, a DJ, an audio engineer and a piano instructor at Renown Music in North Little Rock.

Genre in music was rarely a barrier for Whitman, and his tastes ranged from delicate ukulele ditties to epic electronic music sets. Classical, jazz, rock and roll, funk, blues—he had a passion for it all, and he had a strong appreciation for many of the great creators who came before him.

When it came to his own music, Whitman's talent was unrivaled. He was particularly gifted on the piano and guitar, but he could coax captivating sounds from just about any instrument he could get his hands on, whether it was a saxophone, flute, ukulele—even an Indian sitar or tabla drums.

His first public performance as a musician was at the Lakewood Middle School talent show where, as a seventh-grader, he played Jimi Hendrix's rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner" on the electric guitar.

After graduating high school, Whitman continued performing as a member of several bands, as well as a solo artist. The highlight of his career was his role playing keyboards in The Romany Rye, touring the nation with the band Delta Spirit in 2010. The following year, Whitman and his bandmates were featured three times in Rolling Stone magazine, and The Romany Rye's "Untitled (Love Song)" was later covered by acclaimed rock band Counting Crows. Another Romany Rye track, "New King of the Mountain," was featured in a Season 3 episode of the hit Netflix series Ozark.

In 2015, Whitman was one of a select few musicians tapped to participate in a music production masterclass with famed Dutch DJ Armin van Buuren, one of his electronica heroes.

More recently, Whitman had been performing with and mixing new music for other local artists. He also enjoyed composing and recording his own work in his home studio, which he built himself.

But Whitman's passions didn't end with music. He was also a lover of language. Whitman developed an affinity for Spanish in high school and continued his education afterward, ultimately earning a bachelor's degree in the subject. And when it came to his native English, he was well-known as a gifted wordsmith who could quickly craft a metaphor, produce a pun or deal a double entendre with witty aplomb.

He was also a philosopher, a deeply spiritual person, a storyteller, an influencer (even in the pre-social-media world), a highly adept comedic mind, a compassionate friend, and a teacher in both a professional and personal sense.

It's difficult to sum Whitman up in just a few words because he offered so much of himself to so many. He was an indisputably special soul who touched the lives of every person he met and brought so much happiness to the world. Even those who met him only a few times stayed in touch with him—wanting to keep themselves within his orbit.

Whitman was the kind of person who stood out from the rest of the crowd, and not only because of his towering height. People were drawn to Whitman because they valued his intelligence, his authentic character and his voice of reason. He was exactly the type of person you wanted to be around—a selfless caretaker and protector who looked out for others, and whose sweet laidback spirit put those around him at ease and inspired joy wherever he went.

He effortlessly radiated so much love throughout the world, and—if the recent outpouring of tributes from his family and friends are any indication—the world reciprocated. He has been described by those who knew him best as "one of a kind," "gentle," "a beacon of warmth and authenticity," "a healer," "enlightened," and "light years ahead." Put simply, Whitman did more living in his short time with us than most do in an entire lifetime. This world was incredibly lucky to have him for as long as it did, and there is certainly a void left in his absence.

Whitman is survived by his parents, his uncles and aunts, his most wonderful cousins whom he loved so much, and his beautiful, supportive and refreshingly quirky friends who meant everything to him. And Farley, his bulldog, known to all as Whitman's son.

We are grateful to Whitman's friends and our family members for the comforting tributes and love they have shared with us in the past few days, many sentiments of which are included here. We also want to give a special thank you to Wyndham Wyeth and Kat Ryals for their help writing this commemoration of Whitman's life.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Whitman Bransford Music Scholarship fund. Those interested in making a contribution may do by visiting gofundme.com/f/whitman-bransford-music-scholarship-fund or by mailing a donation to Walt or Maryanne Bransford, P.O. Box 95021, North Little Rock, Ark., 72190. Please make checks payable to Walt or Maryanne Bransford, and indicate it's for the Whitman Bransford Music Scholarship Fund.

We intend to hold a blowout celebration of Whitman's life with music and fun as soon as we can all get out and enjoy each other and our world again.

Onward and further. Live on, sweet Whitman.

Guestbook at www.SmithFamilyCares.com.

Published December 13, 2020

North Little Rock Funeral Home
1921 Main St, North Little Rock, AR
E-mail: mail@nlrfh.com
Phone: 501-758-1170

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