Lonnie William Ray Jr., 82, of Crossett, passed away on March 10, 2017, at the Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock, with his wife and family by his side.
A life-long resident of Crossett, Mr. Ray was born on June 20, 1934 and was the son of the late Lonnie W. and Louise Williams Ray. On May 9, 1954 married the love of his life, Shirley Ford. The celebrated nearly 63 years together.
Mr. Ray was a deacon of First Baptist Church of Crossett for almost fifty years and a retired maintenance supervisor for Georgia-Pacific Corporation with 45 years of service. He loved life and family. He enjoyed driving his tractor on his farm, bird hunting, fishing, and camping, but his favorite thing was spoiling his children and grandchildren with cherished annual family vacations to the beach or to Branson Missouri. He always took time for family, and will always be remembered for sharing his loving shoulders with all his children and grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Ray was preceded in death by a son, Lonnie Glenn Ray, and two brothers, Clifford Dean Ray and Robert C. “Bobby” Ray.
He is survived by his wife, Shirley; two daughters, Jan (Allen) Wooley of Hamburg and Sharon Ray and her fiancé Kevin Tackett of Bastrop Louisiana; five grandchildren, Mark (Robin) of Crossett, Brent Barnett of Magnolia, Ashley Ray McDonald (Caleb) of Monroe, Louisiana, Blake Ray of Sterlington, Louisiana and Catie Ray of Bastrop, Louisiana; seven great-grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Judy and Carolyn Ray both of Crossett; and a host of loving nieces and nephews who adored him.
Funeral services for Mr. Ray will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, March 13, at the First Baptist Church of Crossett with Bros. Jamie Staley and Travis Roberts officiating. Interment will follow at Pinewood Memorial Park under the direction of Medders Funeral Home of Crossett.
Pallbearers will be Mike Ray, Dickie Weatherly, Mark Barnett, Brent Barnett, Blake Ray, John Ford, Matt Barnett and Tommy Hollis. Honorary pallbearers will be David Ford, Mike Ford, Alan Ford, Bill Ray and the Phillip Gilmore Sunday School Class of the First Baptist Church.
Visitation will be held on Sunday, March 12, from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. at Medders Funeral Home, 1564 Hwy 52W, in North Crossett.
Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church, 701 Main Street, Crossett AR 71635.