Robert William “Bill” Ray, 64, of Crossett passed away on Saturday, May 5, 2018, at the Baptist Health Center in Little Rock.
He was born on June 24, 1953, to Clifford “Dean” and Carolyn Ray.
Mr. Ray was a member of First Baptist Church. In his prime, he was a stellar athlete who set and surpassed the bar in everything he did, a trait he proudly passed on to his youngest daughter, Katy, and his grandsons. Besides his lovely wife, Kim, fishing, was Bill’s passion which he especially enjoyed sharing with his eldest daughter, Carrie, and granddaughter, Kinsley.
Known by most of his many lifelong friends as “Willie Ray”, Mr. Ray always ready with a story, and much to his delight, sparing no embarrassing details. His most cherished role, by far, was that of “Big Daddy” and his grandkids were the apple of his eye.
He was preceded in death by his his father, Clifford Dean Ray; paternal grandparents, Lonnie Sr. and Louise Ray; maternal grandparents, George and Geneva Emory; and one sister, Lynn Ray Courtney.
Mr. Ray is survived by his wife of nearly 40 years, Kim Miller Ray; two daughters, Carrie McCormick and Katy Morgan and husband, Matt, all of Crossett; four grandsons, Kason Emory Brooks, Cameron William Muirhead, Blake Allen Morgan, and Maddox Ray Morgan; one granddaughter, Kinsley Ann “Lulu” Jenkins; his mother, Carolyn Emory Ray of Crossett; two sisters, Fran Blankenship and husband, Johnny, also of Crossett, and Pamela Oliver and husband, David, of Hot Springs; along with a host of R.E.A.L. family members, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and numerous friends.
Visitation will be held at First Baptist Church in Crossett on Tuesday, May 8 from noon until 2 p.m., followed by a Celebration of Life Service at 2 p.m. with Pastor Jamie Staley officiating. Interment will be at Lakewood Cemetery under the direction of Medders Funeral Home.
Pallbearers are Matt Morgan, Kason Brooks, Cameron Muirhead, Blake Morgan, Johnny Blankenship, and David Oliver. Honorary pallbearers are Maddox Morgan, Kinsley Jenkins, the Allen/Richardson Sunday School Class, Johnny Ray Swan, Bobby Miller, Don Pistole, David Grider, Robinson/Larko/Pioneer Construction, Scott Clark, Jason Blankenship, Brad Courtney, Josh Blankenship, and Will Oliver.
The family would like to give a special thanks to the ACMC Home Health, Davita Dialysis Center, ACMC ER Dr. Nash, Baptist Medical Center ER/ICU South, the Crossett Ambulance Service, and Dr. Barry Thompson’s office.