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Jacklyn Diane Pennington Gray, 66

Jacklyn Diane Pennington Gray, 66, passed away October 5, 2021. She was born June 30, 1955 in Birmingham, Alabama to the late William Robert Pennington and Betty Jo Smith.

Jacklyn loved spending time with her family and taking care of them. She was known for doing for everyone except herself and would help anyone in need- she didn’t know how to say “No”. Jacklyn couldn’t cook and seemed to burn everything.

Jacklyn is preceded in death by her parents; sister Onna Sue Pennington; and nieces Megan Beard and Carrie Phillips.

Jacklyn is survived by her loving husband of 34 years Carlton Gray; children Onna Stivers (Michael), Christopher Smith (Sonia), Ashley Carswell (Danny), and Kevin Gray (Sherry); grandchildren Jessica Smith, Shelby Stivers, Paige Marshall, April Smith, Christopher Smith, Madeline Weddle, Kevin Gray Jr, Cody Gray, Blake Gray, Michael Gray, and Justin Ringwald; a lot of great-grandchildren; siblings Russel Pennington (Sue), Sherry Phillips (Rex), Reba Helms (Dennis), and Victor Trebar (Mary); and many other extended family and friends.

Jacklyn’s Visitation will be Sunday, October 10, 2021 from 3:00-4:00pm at A Natural State Funeral Service in Jacksonville. Funeral Service will follow at 4:00pm.

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


  • Onna Stivers Posted October 7, 2021 10:52 AM

    Momma , I already miss you. Miss calling you early every morning and telling you what was going on in my sad little world . I can’t imagine raising Immah with out your help . And how broken Hope and Isaac are going to be with out you. Momma you was my best friend some times my only friend. My world will never be the same . I wish I could hear your voice one more time. Momma you left way too soon. I just pray you didn’t suffer and we made the right decision for you .
    I love you and miss you Onna

  • Michael and Teresa Sturgeon Posted October 7, 2021 11:19 AM

    Ms Jackie, you will Truly be missed! You were a Wonderful person and we loved you so very much!

  • Ashley Posted October 7, 2021 11:22 AM

    Jackie, I miss you and love you. I want to thank you for everything you have done for me . You were there for me even when I wasn’t doing the right thing. You fly high and ready easy.. love you so much.

  • Billy Parrott Posted October 7, 2021 11:44 AM

    I will forever be grateful for Jackie’s love and care for my father, Bill “Pops” Parrott, until he took his last breath. We love you and will miss you. RIP

  • Jessica Posted October 7, 2021 2:00 PM

    Ninny, I hope and pray you know how you mean to me and how incredibly lucky I was to have you as my grandma . I couldn’t of asked for a more loving , caring and compassionate, person to look up to. You are where I get alot of my good hearted values.I wish I could sit and talk to you and you tell me everything is going okay. But I can’t and I wish I would of taken the time to of spent with more often the last couple years. how Im suppose to adult without your guidance. And I’m sorry and apologize for not being around more . I know all you wanted was for me to get back to who I was and to just be happy in life. I love you ninny and miss you so best friend was taken way to early in life . I hope that ur not in pain anymore and that your with your mom . Please watch over me from above, and most importantly watch over hope and Isaac. . untill I see you again.

  • Mary Ann Partridge Posted October 8, 2021 9:48 AM

    I wish I had stayed in touch with her, we were first cousins. We spent a lot of time together as teen agers, we were really close then and had some really good times. .. Love you my sweet cousin..RIP

  • Becky Cullum Posted October 9, 2021 8:09 AM

    Soo sorry for the loss of a wonderful lady, friend, a sister in Christ. Jackie will be missed by many. Prayers for the family and friends. For no one knows when God is ready to bring someone home. Prayers for comfort.

  • Robin carrico Posted October 9, 2021 4:50 PM

    She was a sweet woman loved her to pieces she will be truly missed.

  • Heather Stivers Posted November 17, 2021 7:06 AM

    Dearest Aunt Jackie on late to sign this but I did not see your guest book available until now Lord It’s hard to say and do the things that we want to do after a person is already gone I wanted to apologize to you and make things right before you passed away I thank you even though for your kindness or compassion and for opening your home to me you have always been wonderful to me and loving and giving me some really good advice I love you Aunt Jackie and I always will may you rest peacefully in heaven God bless you

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