Raymond Earl "Ray" Stephenson, Jr.

Raymond Earl “Ray” Stephenson, Jr.

Raymond Earl “Ray” Stephenson, Jr., 72 of Monticello, passed away on May 23, 2018 at Little Rock Surgical Hospital in Little Rock.

He was born on July 5, 1945 to the late Raymond Earl Stephenson, Sr. and Frances Raoul Stephenson.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Laura Lee Dearman.

Ray was owner and founder of Piggy Sues Restaurant in Monticello, a 1963 graduate of Monticello High School and attended Arkansas A&M University (now UAM). Ray’s hobbies included cooking, reading, gun collecting and listening to music. He was of the Methodist faith.

Survivors include his wife, Pam Banister Stephenson of Monticello; a brother, Raoul Stephenson of Madison, Mississippi; a sister, Susan Smith of Little Rock; a daughter, Ashley Vestal of Petaluma, California; two grandchildren, Katey Adams and husband Zac of Monticello and Zoe Vestal of Petaluma, California; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Visitation is Saturday, May 26 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Stephenson-Dearman Funeral Home in Monticello.

A funeral service will be held Sunday, May 27 at 3 p.m. at the funeral home with Rev. Ray Hearron officiating. Burial will follow at Oakland Cemetery.


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