Friday, December 21, 2001

'Heaven's Youngest Teenager'

Friends, fans pay respects to Rufus Thomas

The Commercial Appeal, December 21, 2001
By Bill Ellis

As jokes were shared about his imagined entrance into the afterlife, Memphis R&B titan Rufus Thomas put smiles on people's faces one last time.

"Look at me, man, ain't I clean," went one quip, borrowed from Thomas's arsenal of one-liners by fellow black radio pioneer Novella Smith-Arnold, who also noted, "The world's oldest teenager is now heaven's youngest."