Gerald R "Poppy" Ray

Monday, August 18, 2014

GERALD R. (POPPY) RAY, a resident of Berryville, Arkansas, was born January 26, 1945 in the Polo Community in Carroll County, Arkansas, a son of Austin and Gladys Oleta (Smith) Ray. He departed this life Friday, August 15, 2014 in Rogers, Arkansas, at the age of 69 years.

Gerald proudly served his country in the United States Army National Guard. He retired from Tyson Foods after a forty year career working in management. He enjoyed raising and racing his quarter and thoroughbred horses and being a retired farmer. Gerald enjoyed being with his grandchildren. He attended the Grandview Baptist Church and enjoyed spending time with his friends and drinking coffee at The Outpost.

On January 16, 1988, Gerald was united in marriage with Dianna Jo (Carter) Ray who survives him of the home. He is also survived by one son, Ronnie Ray of Green Forest, AR; two daughters, Robin Wilson of Harrison, AR and Amanda and husband Neil Rushing of Berryville, AR; three brothers, Bill Ray and wife Freddie of Green Forest, AR, Bob Ray and wife Jo of Berryville, AR and David Ray and wife Priscilla of Berryville, AR; one brother-in-law, Ronnie Carter and wife Patti of Bella Vista, AR; nine grandchildren, Ashley and Justin Wilson, Taylor Wells, Gavin Ray, Lilli Belle Compton, Audrey, Taylor, Chase and Kort Rushing; several nieces and nephews; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Gerald was preceded in death by his parents, Austin and Gladys Ray; one son, Gerald Wayne Ray; one daughter Angie Ray; and one sister, Carolyn June Ray.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 until 7:00 P.M. Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at the Charles M. Nelson Memorial Chapel in Berryville. Funeral service will be 10:00 A.M. Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at the Grandview Baptist Church with Brother Billy McCall officiating. Interment will follow the service in the High Cemetery under the direction of Nelson Funeral Service. Memorial donations may be made to the Grandview Baptist Church, 1001 Highway 143, Berryville, AR 72616 or High Cemetery Fund, 1472 CR 420, Berryville, AR 72616. Online condolences may be sent to the family at nelsonfuneral.com. Nelson Funeral Service, Inc. 2014