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Anthony Ray Scalf, 68

Anthony Ray Scalf, 68, passed away August 11, 2021. He was born June 18, 1953 in London, Kentucky to Roy Scalf and Treva Inez Williams.

Ray honorably served in the US Army for 22 years. He became a school teacher for 3 years in Carlisle, AR and then became a principal for 10 years at England Elementary. Ray was a member of McArthur Church- Assembly of God in Jacksonville, Arkansas where he served as a Deacon. He was a faithful and devoted husband, father, papaw, brother, and friend. Ray’s family was his world.

Ray is preceded in death by his parents Roy and Treva Scalf; brother-in-law’s Lytel Smith and Bill Johnson; nephew Anthony Lytel Smith; and grandparents Boyd and Sally Williams and Daniel and Betty Scalf.

Ray leaves behind his loving wife of 48 years 11 months and 2 days, Wanda Scalf; children Martha Nicole (Sean) Kubin and Melissa Renae (Mark) Exley; grandchildren Hadassah Kubin, Maria Exley, Arabella Kubin, Maya Exley, and Maverick Exley; siblings Joyce Ann Smith, Brenda Johnson, Jeff (Julie) Scalf, and Linda (Brian) Ealy; and many more family and friends.

Visitation will be Monday, August 16, 2021 at A Natural State Funeral Service from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. Funeral Service will be Tuesday, August 17, 2021 at 10:00am at McArthur Church in Jacksonville. Burial will follow at Mt Carmel Cemetery in Cabot, Arkansas. The family will be streaming the service live- please click link for live feed 5 minutes before service time:

Arrangements entrusted to A Natural State Funeral Service, 2620 West Main Street, Jacksonville, Arkansas 72076. 501-982-3400


Please click link for Tribute of Ray’s Life:


  • Carolyn York Posted August 13, 2021 7:24 PM

    Wonderful friend from High School

  • Carrie stivers Posted August 13, 2021 7:32 PM

    So sorry for your loss. Mr. Ray was a good man and he showed that by how he treated the kids at England elementary school.

  • Alex, Barbara Kay and Kayla Loepp Posted August 13, 2021 9:49 PM

    Ray was a good Christian man, have known him all my life. I remember how he always enjoyed my Mom’s carrot cake. Our love and prayers are with all the family.

  • Leona Dykes Posted August 13, 2021 10:57 PM

    My favorite brother-in-law

  • Patricia Carter- Lewis Posted August 13, 2021 11:44 PM

    I Always Heard Wonderful Things About Mr. Ray when he was the Principal at England Elementary.; The kids Loved Him.

  • Dale Mitchell Posted August 14, 2021 9:24 AM

    What an awesome man of God Ray was and a great family man as well, I was blessed to call him friend as well. Wanda we are praying for you and the family for peace and comfort during this time, I’m so thankful in knowing we will meet again soon.

  • Marvin Kee Posted August 14, 2021 9:27 AM

    I will miss the “how are you young man” greeting that he gave me. Even though he was 14 years my junior. It was an honor and a blessing to be his friend. He will always be remembered with love.

  • Darrell Strickland Posted August 14, 2021 9:58 AM

    Ray was my friend and we use to sing in choir for a lot of years Together. He will always be my brother in Christ. I will see hi I’m again in heaven someday. Thank you for being my friend.

  • Kristy Alderman Posted August 14, 2021 11:58 AM

    May God Bless Mr. Ray’s Family. I am thankful for him hiring me at England Elementary and his words of wisdom.

  • Betty Bond Posted August 14, 2021 12:14 PM

    Ray was a wonderful neighbor growing up. I have many memories. When I began teaching Ray became my student more memories, I was cheer sponsor and loved watching Ray play basketball. My parents loved Ray like their own. We need more men like Ray he will never be forgotten.

  • Robbin Eilts Posted August 14, 2021 12:31 PM

    Heaven gained a great man that will be greatly missed! Thanks for always being so kind and loving to my family! We will see you again!

  • Brenda Seals Posted August 14, 2021 1:50 PM

    My heart is broken
    I am speechless

  • Monica Hollingshead Posted August 14, 2021 2:21 PM

    A great man and friend will be missed until one day when we will rejoice together again.

  • Terri Allen Posted August 14, 2021 2:26 PM

    Such a great and Godly man. He has finished his race and won the fight! We need more men like him. He will be greatly missed. This isn’t goodbye but see you later! Many prayers for the beautiful family he has left behind…such an amazing legacy.

  • Tannie Harvey Posted August 14, 2021 2:47 PM

    What an imprint he left n everyone he met‼️ What a legacy for all of us to follow. He loved the Lord with all his heart, he loved his family with all he heart and he loved his friends and country with the same passion and ♥️ See you soon my friend💙. Praying for God’s comfort and peace for Wanda, Nicole, Melissa and the rest his family 🙏♥️ Love y’all 💖💖💖

  • Debbie Johnson Robbins Posted August 14, 2021 3:01 PM

    Went to school with Ray and his wife. He was also on the basketball team and I was a cheerleader cheering him on such good memories. Reading all these sympathy notes he was a well love man and a man of God what a blessing to be remembered for. Wanda many prayers for comfort for you and your family🙏🏼🕊

  • Betty Baldwin Rudder Posted August 14, 2021 3:28 PM

    I’ve known Wanda and Ray since I was very young. Wanda and I were church friends and we became great friends that spent almost every Sunday together. I know her heart is breaking, as is all of Rays family. He was so well thought of and loved by so many. A short separation from him because of where we know he is. I love you, Wanda, and you’re in my prayers. Prayers for all the family.

  • Brandie Williams Posted August 14, 2021 3:47 PM

    Mr. Ray was a friend and a mentor. He left a lasting impression on my life and everyone he met. He loved Jesus and his family more than any words could express. I feel blessed to have known him, to have worked with him, and to have had the opportunity to be mentored by him.

  • Breck Maxey Posted August 14, 2021 3:52 PM

    Ray was a was a friend’s friend, a man’s man, and a brother’s brother. A faithful friend. A man true to his convictions and a leader who was worthy to be followed. A brother who loved and a brother’s keeper even to his hurt.
    I loved Ray, I will miss him, I know I will see him again. Thank God for our blessed hope in Jesus that he and I both share.

  • Rebecca Lilly Posted August 14, 2021 4:16 PM

    Mr. Ray was my Principal at England Elementary. I knew him from going to church with him and I remember thinking the kids are gonna behave themselves now because he was just a big presence wherever he was. It turned out to be true. The kids loved him as well as the staff. It was sad to see him go. No more animal noises in the hallway or morning announcements telling everyone that he was happier than a tornado in a trailer park or I am more nervous that cat in a room full of rocking chairs. (Testing days)
    I loved this man and I will continue to love his beautiful family. Mr. Ray the Good Lord willing I will see you in that big classroom in the sky. Thank for making an impact on me and my family. Mary says that she was sad to hear about Mr. Incredible. She will always remember him as the big guy in the little truck.

  • Rick Combs Posted August 14, 2021 5:07 PM

    A Poem By Rick Combs, Honoring The Life of Ray Scalf

    I was proud to have known a true hero,
    Who stood for the red, white, and blue.
    He was eager to serve for his country,
    Whate’er it might need him to do.

    But a hero is not just a soldier,
    (Although that deserves honor as well).
    It’s a husband, a dad and a grandpa,
    And a friend with great stories to tell.

    He will be sadly missed by his family,
    And the many who called him their friend.
    His influence will not be forgotten.
    And his legacy never will end.

    As long as we hold precious memories,
    His presence will not go away.
    I was proud to have known a true hero,
    And I pray for his family today!

  • Debbie Scalf Johnson Posted August 14, 2021 5:45 PM

    What a family reunion they are having in Heaven. Love to Wanda, Nicole and Melissa and their families. Safe travels to Brenda, Jeff and Linda. Prayers to Joyce. Love you all.

  • Brenda Dawson Posted August 14, 2021 9:17 PM

    Recently we enjoyed having Ray and Wanda for lunch and hearing their story of how God brought them together. It was precious to hear them both tell their stories. Going to miss hearing Ray tell me to tell Tom he loves his old hide. He touched so many lives. What a day of rejoicing when we are all together again!

  • Tom Dawson Posted August 14, 2021 9:33 PM

    I sure miss my brother already. Ray was such a good friend, always ready to help and encourage others. We can learn so much from his life and his example. He would always talk about how you word is your bond, if you say you’re going to do something, you better do it. keep your word. Looking forward to the ressurection when I can see that old hid’s new hide…😂 Ray is loved by so many!

  • Mary Gregory Posted August 15, 2021 9:31 AM

    I am so heartbroken. Ray was such a good man and lived his life to the fullest. I love Ray, Wanda and her girls. God bless your family and I will be praying for comfort for your all.

  • Debra Kraemer Posted August 15, 2021 11:16 AM

    Sad news for us, great gain for heaven. He will certainly be missed.

  • Brenda & Louis Nettles Posted August 15, 2021 8:35 PM

    Wanda, Nicole & Melissa we are so sorry to hear of Ray’s passing. Please know you all are in our thoughts and prayers

  • Todd Posted August 16, 2021 10:08 AM

    On behalf of Central Junior High, we offer our deepest sympathies to Mrs. Melissa Exley and family. Each of you are a legacy to a great man; a man who made a difference in the lives of so many. You all too will carry on his example, his legacy, his purpose. Again, we express our condolences.

    Central Junior High Family

  • Fred & Natalie Gilbert Posted August 16, 2021 7:40 PM

    Our hearts sorrow with you during this time of Ray’s Homegoing. We know he is in the Lord’s presence. You and your family are in our prayers during this time of loss.

  • Harold and Sharon Hays Posted August 17, 2021 9:20 AM

    Harold and I are so sorry to hear of Ray’s passing. We are sending up prayers for Wanda and the whole family. Our only source of comfort is in the Lord and I pray he covers you with His mercy and comfort. RIP old friend.

  • Karen Williams York Posted August 17, 2021 5:59 PM

    My heart is broken to hear of Rays passing . Praying for comfort for Wanda and her children and their families . They were a special couple in school who I looked up to . Sure he will be missed by many !

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