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Obituary for John H. Talbot IV

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