E. Wayne Ray, 74, of Jacksonville passed away peacefully October 2, 2019. He was born July 26, 1945 to the late Jimmie F. and Grace Loetscher Ray, in North Little Rock, Arkansas.
Wayne was an avid outdoorsman. He owned a duck club on the White River where he loved to hunt and fish. Wayne was an excellent marksman and was a member of Blue Rock Gun Club, and won several tournaments including a State Championship.
He was proud of his business he started and operated for over 40 years. This endeavor led to many friendships through the years. Wayne had a big heart. He was known to visit the children on the block while they played, and volunteered at the Children’s Hospital. He also cared for homeless people and animals. He volunteered time to many animal shelters and gave donations to find stray and shelter animals forever homes. He was a 32nd Degree Mason, and a Shriner.
He is preceded by in death by his grandparents, Marie and Henry Smith.
Wayne is survived by his wife of almost 53 years, Pat; brother Louis Ray; many nieces and nephews that he loved dearly; and his hunting and working fur companions Bodie and Sugar.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to any local animal shelter.
The family will receive friends from 12:00-1:00 PM Monday, October 7, 2019 at Brockington Road Church of the Nazarene with the funeral beginning at 1:00PM. Entombment will follow at Rest Hills Mausoleum, Sherwood Arkansas.
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