Thelma G. “Teegee” Talbot, 91, of Little Rock died early Saturday morning in her sleep at St. Vincent’s Hospice Center.
Born Sept. 17, 1918, in Malvern to Delora Jones and Sidney William Gordon, Teegee graduated from Little Rock High School at 14. As a member of the Dorothy Donaldson Dance Studio, she had the opportunity to dance in New York but opted to go to the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business administration.
A lifetime member of Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church in Little Rock, she married John Allan Talbot Jr., son of Dr. John Allan and Nancy Rebecca Koonce Talbot, in April 1944 after “Jack” returned from World War II.
Teegee taught shorthand, bookkeeping and typing at Little Rock High from 1937-1944 and at Cotton Plant High School from 1949-1955. She oversaw the bookkeeping department for Goodyear Tire in Miami Beach, Fla., from 1944-1948. She and husband “Jack” owned a general store at the front of the Pine Bluff Arsenal in 1948. She became the first employee of the UA Industrial Research and Extension Center in 1955 as a statistical research assistant. She was promoted to head librarian where she stayed until retiring in 1983.
Teegee and Jack won many jitterbug contests. She loved fishing, camping and canoeing with her husband, and even went hunting with her grandson, but didn’t get a deer. She also enjoyed cross-stitching and needlepoint after Jack died.
Teegee played golf as a member of the Brinkley Country Club’s Ladies Golf Association and won many tournaments in Brinkley, Pine Bluff and Little Rock. An avid horsewoman, she bought her last horse in 1983 and rode another 10 years. After selling her horse, she travelled the Norse countries, Paradise Islands and many states. She also attended the World’s Fair in Chicago as a teenager and the “Phantom of the Opera” in New York as an adult.
She was preceded in death by her husband, siblings Juanita Gordon May, Sidney William Gordon Jr. and a baby brother, and grandson Michael Hunt Stroud Austin. Survivors include daughter Nancy Talbot Austin of Jacksonville, and son John Allan Talbot III and his wife Pat Wells Talbot of Cabot; grandsons Anthony Gordon Stroud of North Little Rock, Jonathan Patrick Talbot and Michael Allen Talbot of Sherwood; great-grandsons Kyle Matthew Stroud and Kaleb Michael Stroud of North Little Rock, and Christopher James Austin of Sherwood; niece Marilyn Craig of Newport, and nephews Gordon May and Robert May of Little Rock; four great nephews, three great nieces and one great-great nephew.
Pallbearers will be Anthony Gordon Stroud, Jonathan Patrick Talbot, Michael Allen Talbot, Michael Craig, Robert Craig and Richard A. Austin.
Visitation will be Monday, Nov. 23 from 6-8 p.m. at Griffin, Leggett, Healey & Roth Funeral Home in Little Rock. Graveside services will be Tuesday, Nov. 24 at 1:30 p.m. at Pine Crest Cemetery in Saline County.
This obituary appeared in the Nov. 23, 2009, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.