Juba Albert Bruce October 2, 1977 ~ April 27, 2013

Juba Albert Bruce, 35, of Fayetteville passed away, Saturday, April 27, 2013 in Fayetteville.  He was born October 2, 1977 in Springdale the son of Tony Bland and Ellen Bruce.

He served in the National Guard.

Preceded in death by his grandparents and step-brother, Andrew Adams.

Survivors include his mother and step-father, Ellen Bruce and Jim Adams of Combs;

His father, Tony Bland of Maben, MS and step-sister, Kiva Pierce of Mechanicville, VA.

A gathering of family and friends will be from 11:00 AM ~ 1:00 PM Saturday, May 4, 2013 at Beard’s Funeral Chapel 855 S. Happy Hollow Road Fayetteville, AR  7270.

Memorials may be made to www.fpa-support.org.

Following the gathering of family and friends Saturday at the funeral home, there will be a potlock at Jim and Ellen’s home. Maps will be available at the visitation for your convenience.

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    Carol Widder » 29. Apr, 2013

    I am so saddened to hear of the the passing of Juba. He was a friend to both my daughters Katy and Heidi. I remember him as a kind and gentle spirit. I am honored to have known him, and I offer my deepest condolences to his family.

    Carol Widder

    Kimberly Krahl » 29. Apr, 2013

    Bless you, Juba. May your journey be a smooth one. With love.

    Ed Tedrow » 29. Apr, 2013

    I am very sad to hear of Juba’s passing. He was a good man.

    Name » 30. Apr, 2013

    Jim and Ellen, my family and I are so sorry for your great loss.

    Gwen Young » 30. Apr, 2013

    Mrs. Ellen and Jim, I am so sorry to hear about your son Juba’s passing. If there is anything I can do please feel free to call me at any time. You have my deepest sympathy. Please try to take care of yourself. Gwen Young

    James S. Ownbey » 30. Apr, 2013

    So sorry to hear of Juba’s passing. He was a sweet and gentle man. My thoughts are with him, and with his family and friends.

    Janet Hahn » 01. May, 2013

    Juba was a gentle spirit, his kindness to my ailing and elderly mom touched my heart. My sincere condolences to Ellen and your family.

    Lisa Atwa » 02. May, 2013

    Ellen and Jim,
    I am deeply saddened by Juba’s passing. What a special person he is! We so enjoyed his visits to our home in Albuquerque and have fond memories of the good conversations. We will miss Juba, but it seems that God needs him for something else. It was truly an honor and a privilege to know Juba! We are grateful for the time spent with him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May his memory be blessed!
    Lisa Atwa

    Ty Fonte' » 03. May, 2013

    Ellen and Family,

    I am so sorry for your loss. Juba was such a great man and had such a gentle kind heart towards all who knew him. I will always remember how happy and loving he was. He meant so much to so many and touched all of our hearts. I will always cherish the memories we had together and feel truly blessed to have known him. My prayers are with you and your family.

    With Love!


    Carey Blackwell » 03. May, 2013

    Dear friends Ellen and Jim,
    You are in our prayers for comfort of your hearts, that the love you share with your son
    uplifts you through this time of loss because that love is unchanged and eternal.
    We bless Juba free and healed in the light.
    ‘And Death Shall Have No Dominion’
    with love and prayers,
    Carey & Cristie

    Rhonda Stanton » 03. May, 2013

    Ellen I am heartbroken to know of Juba’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. He was precious to you and all who knew him. I will keep you in my prayers in the weeks to come and hope to see you in the fall.
    Rhonda Stanton

    Jeri Fonté » 03. May, 2013

    Dear Ellen,

    I am shocked and saddened to learn of Juba’s untimely passing. I am so grateful for the friendship he and Ty shared. He had such a beautiful, gentle soul. He was someone every mother would have been proud of. May you find peace in the knowledge that his life, though short, touched others in such a positive way.

    tammy graham » 04. May, 2013

    May his light surround you for the rest of your days. Peace & Healing be with you.

    Susan Layman » 04. May, 2013

    Our family sends our love and prayers to you and Jim. We will pray for peace during this extremely difficult time. Please let us know if we can do anything for you. Sincerely, The Layman Family

    Marti Squires » 04. May, 2013

    I always think fondly of Juba when I pass your old house on Louise Street, Ellen. I regret losing touch with him and your family in recent years. Ben is truly heartbroken–he always looked up to Juba. May you and your family find peace.

    Timothy Chilton » 04. May, 2013

    Juba was such a great friend to me! He will really be missed. We talked and joked a lot. He always kept a great sense of humor, no matter what our troubles were. He was a smart, and patient man. He valued friendship and his family. He would always listen to me and give me insightful feedback. He was a spiritual man. We shared some great times together. We ran away from a hurricane once when we used to live in New Orleans. We had some wild times in New Orleans! I’ll never forget Juba. I pray peace for his family in this difficult time. Thank you for being a good friend Juba!

    Robin Roggio » 04. May, 2013

    The pain I feel at the loss of my friend pales in comparison to the pain you, his family, must be feeling. The thing I will always remember the most fondly about Juba is his strong, gentle, deep voice. His voice was so unique and pleasant. Juba and I were friends for many years. We didn’t always see each other, but we always talked on the phone. When he moved to New Orleans especially, we spoke on the phone every few days. He was trying a new path and needed someone to run things by and confide in. I cherish those conversations. I am so happy that we reconnected in the last year and started up our phone conversations. When Ellen called, from Juba’s phone, about his tragic early departure, I just thought it was him calling to chat. My love and prayers are with you. I love you Juba. I miss you already.

    Olivia » 06. May, 2013

    Ellen, I don’t know what to say. I have so many wonderful memories of us growing up. If you would like me to, I can find them and scan them in. Love to you, Olivia

    Melinda Jones » 06. May, 2013

    You were loved. You are missed. Your great friendship with my daughter Olivia gave me the opportunity to know and love you. I’m so sad you had to leave us. We won’t forget you. ~Melinda Jones~

    Myneeka Cook » 06. May, 2013

    I am so sad to hear of Juba’s passing. I’ll always remember his smile.

    Janet Bruce » 07. May, 2013

    I will miss Juba greatly. No matter what was going on, he would always make me laugh. He was a very kind person and his passing is a great loss.

    Heidi Spann » 08. May, 2013

    I am so sorry to hear about Juba- he was a great soul and will be missed. My deepest condolences.

    Deidre » 08. May, 2013

    HI…just thinking about you still. My arms are surrounding you and my shoulder is there for you if needed. Love you…and can’t wait to see you on better terms. LOVE Deidre