Bernice Gray

of Leslie, AR

August 20, 1926 - March 29, 2024

Bernice Gray, age 97, of Leslie, Arkansas passed from this earthly life on Friday, March 29th, 2024 at Ozark Health Nursing and Rehab in Clinton, Arkansas. She was born in Leslie, Arkansas on August 20th, 1926 to George Brooks and Flossie Leslie Brooks.

Bernice was a fourth-generation member of the founding fathers of Leslie, Arkansas. She lived there her entire life. She was a strong Christian lady and enjoyed attending church. She was a dedicated homemaker and no matter what her hand found to do, it was with her children and family in mind. She was an excellent cook and enjoyed sewing and quilting. She and Rufus raised a large garden and liked to show off their bountiful harvest. Family always came first to Bernice and her gentle presence will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Survivors include her sons, Sergal Lewis (Bonnie) of Marshall, Willis Lewis (Phyllis) of Leslie and Noel Lewis of Leslie; daughter-in-law, Karen Lewis of Leslie; one daughter, Janice Lewis of Leslie; grandchildren, Lucinda Lewis of Marshall, Rebecca Lewis of Marshall, Andrew Lewis of Leslie, Sheila Payne (Johnny) of Leslie, Lori Short of Marshall, Bernice Reves (Jarrett) of Chimes, Kevin Lewis (Jacquelyn) of Leslie, Amanda Lewis of Leslie, Bryan Lewis of Leslie, Ashley Paullin (Dean) of Alread, Akela Bower of Heber Springs and Aretha Kilgore (Ron) of Harrison; great-grandchildren, Syndey (Dean), Bethany, Evan (Laicee), Andrew, Luke (Elizabeth), Matthew, Ressie (Tamos), Rebecca (Justin), Riley (Aldrich), Dalton, Kylie, Bailey, Samuel, Carissa, Logan, Gavin, Morgan (Dillon), Jackson and Arpie; great-great grandchildren, Coy, Jonah, Myla, Reya, Naomi, Nile, Atticus, Bennett, Maverick, Madden, Luka and Connor and many nieces, nephews and extended family who will also mourn her passing.

Bernice is preceded in death by her parents, George and Flossie Brooks; her husband, Rufus Gray who passed away in 2017; her 1st husband and the father of her children, Rochester Lewis; one son, Jimmie Lewis; great-great grandchild, Memphis Whitbey; daughter-in-law, Sharon Lewis; six brothers and two sisters.

Funeral services for Bernice will be 2:00 PM Thursday, April 4th, 2024 at Roller-Coffman Chapel in Marshall, Arkansas with Bro. Chris Reade officiating. Special music will be performed by Aretha Kilgore and Lorene Eaton. Visitation will be 1:00 till 2:00 PM preceding the service. Burial will be in Shady Grove Cemetery. Friends and family will serve as bearers.

Service Information
Roller Coffman Funeral Home
923 Hwy 65 N
Marshall,  AR 72650
4/4/2024 at 1:00 till 2:00 PM
Roller Coffman
923 Hwy. 65 North
Marshall,  AR 72650
4/4/2024 at 2:00 PM

Shady Grove Cemetery
4815 Hwy 254 East
Leslie, AR 72645

Obituary Provided By:
Roller-Coffman Funeral Home
923 Highway 65 North
Marshall, AR  72650