John Talbot

John H. Talbot IV

August 28, 1954 - December 25, 2020
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John H. Talbot, IV, 66, of Pine Bluff, Arkansas passed away unexpectedly on December 25, 2020 at Jefferson Regional Medical Center.

John was born on August 28, 1954 at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida to John H. Talbot III and the late Dorothy (Armstrong) Talbot. John grew up in Pine Bluff, AR where he graduated Pine Bluff High School Class of 1972 and was an outstanding tennis player and member of the State Champion tennis team. He went on to play tennis at Hendrix College where he earned a Bachelors degree in philosophy. After several years serving as an assistant tennis pro at The Cloister Hotel in Sea Island, GA, he earned a Masters Degree from The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, followed by a Doctorate at St. David ‘s College, University of Wales, United Kingdom.

After teaching a few years at Georgia Southern University, he found his dream job teaching at Finger Lakes Community College in Canandaigua, NY, where he spent some 20 years, teaching Philosophy, Logic, and English. As an accomplished fencer, he also taught fencing there. John was also an accomplished amateur archeologist of Native Americans as well as a life-long dog lover, with three beautiful collies, Mosie, Mattie, and Bess.

Upon retiring, he returned to his roots in Pine Bluff, continuing to play tennis and spending time with his dad and sister there in Pine Bluff. Despite his academic and athletic achievements, he will be best remembered for his laughter, giant heart, and his untiring ability to pull pranks, most often on family members and the unwitting public.

John is survived by the love of his life, his son John H. Talbot V, currently a senior law student at Wake Forrest University; his father John H. Talbot III, sister Susan (Talbot) Brown, of Pine Bluff; brother Thomas Talbot of Alexandria, VA, brother Andrew Talbot of Pensacola, FL, and numerous nieces and nephews who loved “Uncle John” immensely.

Private graveside services will be at Graceland Cemetery by Ralph Robinson and Son Funeral Directors (online register:

The family requests no flowers. Memorials may be made to Heifer International, 1 World Avenue, Little Rock, AR 72202 or
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Alinda Andrews

Posted at 03:11pm
Sorry for your loss. I knew him as a good young man.

Alinda Andrews Hendrix Class of 76

Elizabeth C Foster

Posted at 01:24am
Praying for his family and friends. I pray they feel God’s love, and a peace only He can give.
He will forever be remembered as a kind and caring son, brother, father, and friend.
A special hug for you Susan. I know you will miss him every day.

Beth Forney Reifsteck

Posted at 12:27am
I am so very sad to learn of John's passing. I have many wonderful memories of him from growing up together in Pine Bluff and playing tennis at Eden Park Country Club. Also, we competed on the men's tennis team at Hendrix College. The first year I joined the team John offered me much support and kindness for being the only girl on the men's team. My thoughts and prayers are with each of you.
Beth Forney Reifsteck


Dianne Robinson

Posted at 09:12pm
Please accept my sincere sympathy
Dianne Brakebill Robinson
PBHS class of 1973

Laura West Fuger

Posted at 01:05am
Mr. Talbot, Susan, Thomas and Andrew, I am so saddened to hear of John’s sudden passing. My fond memories of growing up next door in our early childhood days. I read that John had 3 beautiful collies, I can remember your family’s collie when we were about 5 years old. John and I were on the first PBHS girls and boys tennis teams. We also played a lot of summer tournaments during our teen years. My prayers are with all the Talbots as you mourn John’s untimely passing. Rest In Peace, John.
Love , Laura West Fuger


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