Blanche Washington James, 84, of Flint Michigan transitioned Sunday, June 21. She had resided in North Little Rock since 2013, Balance, the second daughter of the late Frank and Katie Hockenhull Washington of Lake View, Arkansas, was also preceded in death by sisters: Ardie Funderburk of San Bernardino, California and Minnie Vincent of Flint; four brothers: Curtis and Lavelle Washington of Lake View and James “J.F.” and Narvell Washington of Flint.
Balance retired from Flint’s Hurley Hospital after more than thirty years of service. She was a dedicated member of Antioch Baptist Church in Flint, where she served as an usher for more than four decades. After returning to Arkansas, she regularly attended Harris Temple Baptist Church in Wrightsville and King Solomon Baptist Church in North Little Rock.
She is survived by son, Melvin (Ester) Washington of North Little Rock; step-daughter, Gwendolyn Evett Farmer of Stafford, Texas; grandchildren, Melvin Jr. (Erika) Washington and Bryan (Haile) Washington of North Little Rock, Tamika Goines of Evansville, Indiana and Sterling Farmer of Stafford; three great-grandchildren, Braniqua Sherman and Shaquille Goines of Evansville, and Dash Farmer of Stafford; as well as five great-great grandchildren, Anayshia, Za’Kaiya, Ja’Nirah, Bre’Asia, and Warner Jr. of all Evansville.
Others cherishing Blanche’s memory are sisters, Gwendolyn Washington Bush of Helena, Arkansas and Mable Washington Bynum of North Little Rock; Sisters-in-Law, Rachel Washington of Cedar Park, Texas and Virgie Washington of Norcross, Georgia; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and many friends in Michigan and Arkansas, especially members of Antioch, Harris Temple, King Solomon, and First Baptist Lake View, the Flint AARP Chapter, and the Lakeview Association of Alumni and Friends, Incorporated.
A June 26 walk through viewing is scheduled for 6-7 p.m. at Superior Funeral Services and a graveside service will be held Saturday, June 27 at 11:00 a.m. at Arkansas Memorial Gardens, 8507 Hwy 161- North Little Rock. State of Arkansas COVID-19 directives requiring face coverings and social distancing will be followed. Final service entrusted to Superior Funeral Services, 5017 E. Broadway, North Little Rock (501) 945-9922. Trudean Long Brown “Providing Services Your Family Deserves.
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