of Prairie View, AR
September 18, 1934 - May 17, 2020
William Riley Gray, 85, a resident of Prairie View, passed away Sunday, May 17, 2020, at his home.He was born September 18, 1934, in Prairie View to the late Carl Riley and Annie Lucille (Newman) Gray. William served his nation in the United States Army. After his military service William spent his working years first as the owner of the Country Market in California, then after moving to Arkansas He was the owner of Fox Slaughter and Processing near Scranton. He was a member of Johnson Freewill Baptist Church near Scranton, Arkansas Cattlemen's Association, Logan County Coon Hunter's Association and the Scranton Volunteer Fire Department. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Beverly Ann (Towner) Gray; a brother, Joseph Gray and a sister, Annette Ford. Survivors include three sons, Michael R. Gray and wife, Allyson of Cave Springs, Virginia, Randall S. Gray of Yucca Valley, California and Justin L. Gray of Scranton; two daughters, Cynthia A. Lewis of Yucca Valley, California and Kristi L. Arbaugh and husband, Dean of Scranton; twenty grandchildren, twenty four great grandchildren; a sister, Dortha Mae Hayward of Scranton.The funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, May 19, 2020, at Johnson Freewill Baptist Church near Scranton with Bro. Jimmy Williams officiating. We ask for your patience due to the directive by the Arkansas Department of Health because of COVID-19 a limit of 50 persons will be allowed in the church facility. Graveside services will follow in Prairie View Cemetery with social distancing being the only restriction under the direction of Roller Funeral Home in Paris. Pallbearers will be Michael, Randy and Jeremiah Gray, Devin and Daniel Jennings, James Lewis, Dean Arbaugh and Triston Miller. Honorary pallbearers will be Ryan, Christopher, Joshua and Justin Gray and Camron Smith.
I am sorry for your loss. He was a great man. I will always remember visiting with him at the Slaughtering House. He will be missed by anybody that knew him.Laura and Sonny Bowman
I knew both Riley and his wife Beverly. They were wonderful, caring, and kind people. Prayers for this family. He will be missed.
Love and miss you Grandpa Riley. You will be greatly missed. Your legacy lives on in all of your children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.
We will always miss you grandpa.
Thoughts and prayers are with the family in this time of loss
So sorry for ypur loss.