December 30, 1927 – August 30, 2012
Jimmy Rochelle Gray, 84 of Fort Smith, Arkansas went to be with her Lord on August 30, 2012. She was born in Texarkana, Texas on December 30, 1927, and was raised a Baptist. Jimmy married Richard Eugene “R.E.” Gray in 1946. They moved to Fort Smith in 1970 where he was Train Master for the Missouri Pacific Railroad. The Gray’s had celebrated 42 years of marriage when R.E. passed away in 1988. She is survived by a son, Richard Eugene “Rick” Gray and his wife, Wanda; a daughter, Ann Nelson and her husband Roger all of Fort Smith, AR; four grandchildren, R.E. “Trey” Gray III, Tyler Gray both of Cabot, AR, Erin Rhodes of Muldrow, OK and Melissa Vitale of Greenwood, AR; her loving companion, Harold Hunter Bergman, as well as countless friends. Jimmy so enjoyed life. She was an avid fisher, gardener, golfer, dancer, and bridge player. For years, she was a member of Ben Geren Women’s Golf Association, and she attended Community Bible Church. The family will visit with friends Monday, September 3, 2012 from 5:00 to 7:00 PM at Edwards Funeral Home, 201 North 12th Street, Fort Smith, AR. Funeral service will be 10:00 Tuesday, September 4, 2013 at Edwards Funeral Home Chapel with burial at U.S. National Cemetery in Fort Smith under the direction of Edwards Funeral Home. Pallbearers will be her grandsons, Trey and Tyler Gray and Will Rhodes, David Vitale, Orley Masena, and Steve Kifer. Memorials may be made to the Sebastian County Humane Society in honor of her dogs, Boss and Hero. To place an online tribute please visit www.edwardsfuneralhome.com
- Funeral Service Tuesday, September 4, 2012
- Visitation Monday, September 3, 2012
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September 4, 2012
I always loved running into Jimmie at the beauty salon where we used the same beauty operator. My yard is full of the monkey grass that Jimmie dug up from her yard and gave us for our yard 30 or so years ago.
September 3, 2012
Ann - Rick,
Seeing Jimmie's obituary was a sad shock. She and R.E. were two of my closest friends, and we had a lot of fun together. Fishing & camping at Lake Hinkle and Ouachita. Playing golf, and having card games and dinner when we were neighbors. She will be greatly missed!!!
Sorry that due to chemo and radiation, I will not be able to come (have to stay away from crowds) to the visitation and/or service. I will be there in my thoughts and prayers...
Jim and Wanda Lloyd
PS: It was a pleasure working with your Dad on the railroad.
September 3, 2012
Rick, So sorry to hear of your mom's passing. I remember her loaning me her beautiful ferns that she had when Paul and I got married on 98th street in the back yard. She was a wonderful person as was your dad. God bless you during this trying time.