Raymond Eugene Jackson, age 72, of Jacksonville, Arkansas passed away on Monday, September 11, 2017 in North Little Rock after battling a short illness. He was born on November 30, 1944 in Little Rock, Arkansas to Floyd Robert Eugene and Dorothy Lee Jackson. Ray was a 1962 graduate of North Little Rock High School and in 1964 he graduated with an Associate’s Degree from William’s Baptist College (formerly known as Southern Baptist College.)
Ray will be missed by his loving and devoted wife of 53 years, Judy Ann Jackson of Jacksonville, Arkansas; his daughter Kimberly Chidester of Cabot, Arkansas; his grandchildren Kyle Jackson and Natalie Grace Chidester both of Cabot, Arkansas. He will be greatly missed by his brother Robert Jackson and nephew Keith Jackson.
He was preceded in death by his parents Floyd Robert Eugene Jackson and Dorothy Lee Smith Jackson.
Ray was a trustee at Williams Baptist College, Walnut Ridge, Arkansas for many years and was a Pastor at Morrison Chapel Baptist Church, North Little Rock, Arkansas for over 35 years. He is a member of the First Baptist Church of Jacksonville, Arkansas. He loved the Lord, his independence, and his family, especially the two grandkids. Ray was a happy, upbeat, positive guy. He encouraged everyone to accept life, and its circumstances as they come with his favorite phrase, “It is what it is.”
A visitation will be held on Thursday, September 14, 2017 from 6:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. at First Baptist Church, 401 North First St., Jacksonville, Arkansas.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, September 15, 2017 at 10:00 A.M. at First Baptist Church in Jacksonville, with entombment to follow at Chapel Hill Memorial Park in the Chapel Oaks Mausoleum, in Jacksonville.
Services are under the care and direction of A Natural State Funeral Service, 2620 West Main Street, Jacksonville, Arkansas, 72076. 501-982-3400.
A great teacher of many.
I have only known Ray for a couple of years, but count him as a dear friend. I will miss his sweet spirit, kind words and his infectious smile.
JUDY and family our thoughts prayers and love go out to you all-Ray just changed addresses and we all know he now resides in HEAVEN!!!
Harley and Teresa Lambert
Judy and family our thoughts prayers and love go out to your entire family-we all know Ray just changed addresses and now resides in HEAVEN!
I miss you already!!!!!!! My heart feels It has been torn in shreds. At least you got your wish from last week. You were always my hero. I love you big brother. I’ll see you soon.
I only knew Ray, for a short time. He had the sweetest smile and so compassion with others. I will miss those hugs at church and Rest In Peace, my dear friend. Heaven gained an Angel. <3
Ray, I hope we live close together when I get there with you in our final home because I feel we had a lot more to talk about. One things for sure, there will be no rush there because time will never again be. I know there will be many up there with you because of your witness.
Ray will be deeply missed.He touched many lifes while he was here.And truly the lord has new angelHe was devoted christen and it showed in his everyday life.God bless the ones left behind.We love you.
My prayers are with you, Ray’s family. I worked for Ray for several years, at Wintemp. He was a good, caring man to work for. I enjoyed my years there, until I retired in 2001. God’s grace be with his family at this time of grief.
Rother Ray you will be missed, but going home to God. You have touched are hearts with love and compassion that you show to many people including myself. You will be missed!!
Sorry about your loss. Ray was always very helpful.
Judy and Family we are so sorry for your loss of Ray we know he is in his Heavenly home Rejoicing . We are praying for y’all He was a very special man and will leave a loss in a lot of people’s hearts. Love Randie Fraley Brandon & MichelleTaylor
Judy, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. I’m so sorry for your loss.
Judy & Kim, I am so sorry for your loss. Ray was like a father to me. I met Ray in 1985. He was a great Christian man, teacher and friend. I loved him dearly.. He would chew me out and make me like it. I will miss our quartet lunches. He cannot be replaced. I am so sorry I couldn’t be there today. I also know I will see him again. I’m always here for y’all.