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John Talley Jr.

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John Talley Jr.’s birth was August 19, 1928, in Little Rock, Arkansas. The son of Mary Dildy Stewart and John Talley, was born 63 years after slavery. According to the U.S. Census, only about 0.05 or 1/2% of Black Men make it to 90 years old.
James A. Baldwin said, “ To be a Negro in this country and to be relatively conscious is to be in a rage almost all the time”
John Talley Jr. curbed his rage and became an alum of Dunbar High School, enlisted in the United States Air Force, and received an honorable discharge as a Sergeant. He married Odessa Bolden and their union was blessed with six children: Deidre, Kenneth, John Kevin, Vaughn Everett, Carolyn, and Philip. The family wishes to acknowledge that he was also blessed to have fathered two other sons, Keith Jones and the late Darrell Jones. All of the Talley siblings have lovingly welcomed Keith into the family fold upon learning of his existence and deeply regret they were not able to share the same love with Darrell.


Afterward, John Talley Jr. graduated from Philander Smith College. He taught typing and math in the Chicot County Training School in Dermott, Arkansas. Later, he found employment with the United States Postal Service where his civil service included having been a Personnel Director/Postmaster in Hope, Arkansas, and later retired as a Station Manager in Rose City (North Little Rock).
 

Brother Talley joined Bullock Temple Christian Methodist Episcopal Church after 1973 when his youngest son Philip insisted that he would not attend without him. He loved teaching the Young Adult Sunday School Class. He served as a Steward where he managed the church funds with integrity and frugality, as if they were his own. He served as Steward Emeritus and was a Lifetime Member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated. 


His philosophy on whether or not one should say something to someone on an issue is summed up in his favorite quote: “Is it true, is it necessary, and can you say it with love?”  This philosophy he has lovingly instilled in each of his children and they in each of theirs.


Left with memories of John Talley Jr. are sons, Kenneth (Pamela), John K. (Linda), Keith Jones(Lisa), Vaughn Everett, and Philip (Lyanette) Talley;
daughters, Deidre Maxwell and Carolyn Talley Harshaw(Dwight); and a host of
grandchildren, great- grandchildren, nephews, nieces, other relatives, and two special friends, Thomas Broughton and Wendell Smith.

SERVICES AS SCHEDULED;

WALKTHROUGH VIEWING ONLY: THURSDAY FROM 3:00-6:00P.M. AT THE FUNERAL HOME'S O.T. SMITH MEMORIAL CHAPEL 8424 KANIS ROAD

ALPHA PHI ALPHA "OMEGA  SERVICES": FRIDAY 10:30A.M.    &  THE

FUNERAL SERVICE: FRIDAY 11:00A.M. BOTH WILL BE AT THE BULLOCK TEMPLE C.M.E. CHURCH 1513 S. PARK STREET, ACROSS FROM LR CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL

INTERMENT: TUESDAY 1:00P.M. ARKANSAS STATE VETERAN'S CEMETERY IN NORTH LITTLE ROCK.


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Services

24 Hour Viewing
Thursday
June 23, 2022

3:00 PM
OT SMITH CHAPEL/KELLY SMITH FUNERAL & CREMATION SERVICES
8424 KANIS ROAD
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas 72204

Gathering of Family and Friends
Friday
June 24, 2022

10:30 AM
BULLOCK TEMPLE C.M.E. CHURCH
1518 SOUTH PARK STREET (ACROSS FROM LR CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL)
LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS (AR) 72206

Funeral Service
Friday
June 24, 2022

11:00 AM
BULLOCK TEMPLE C.M.E. CHURCH
1518 SOUTH PARK STREET (ACROSS FROM LR CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL)
LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS (AR) 72206

Interment
Tuesday
June 28, 2022

1:00 PM
Arkansas State Veteran s Cemetery

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