ARKADELPHIA, Ark.—Helen Ruth Long, 78, of Arkadelphia died Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013, in a Hot Springs, Ark., hospice.

Mrs. Long was born Oct. 10, 1934, in Dyersburg, Tenn. She was retired from Arkadelphia Human Development Center and a member of Mount Zion Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph Long; one son, Stephen Long; and one grandson, Curtis Foltz.

Survivors include one son, Robert Long of Arkadelphia; two daughters and sons-in-law, Laura and Gary Vaughan of Hot Springs Village and Valerie and Jared Phillips of Texarkana; eleven grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Services will be 10 a.m. Friday at Mount Zion Baptist Church with the Rev. Ray Franklin officiating. Burial will be in Rest Haven Memorial Gardens under direction of Welch Funeral Home.

Visitation will be 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Tribute Program, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148-0142.

Online registration is at

welchfh.net.



Published: 01/08/2013