POCAHONTAS — Billie Jean Gray, 90, of Pocahontas, formerly of Walnut Ridge, passed away Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021, at her residence. She was born Sept. 19, 1930, in Walnut Ridge to Jimmy and Dealy Davis Henderson.
She married the Rev. Bill Gray on Oct. 13, 1951, in Hoxie. She was a devoted pastor’s wife and a member of First United Pentecostal Church in Pocahontas.
She was known as “Mama Gray” to many people and was known for her famous peanut brittle.
In addition to her parents, Billie was preceded in death by a brother, Jack Henderson, sister, Thelma Gipson, half brothers, Noble, Hite, Paul and Eugene Henderson, and half sisters, Hazel Matchett and Betty Tahlman.
Billie is survived by her husband, the Rev. Bill Gray of the home; sons, Mike Gray (Debbie) of Highland and Tommy Gray of Walnut Ridge; daughter, Donna Cochran (Jerry) of Pocahontas; half brother, Joe Henderson of Walnut Ridge; grandchildren, Allison (Brad), Garret, Lauren, Brook (Zeo), Tara (Michael), Jerod and Carrington (Ashley); and great-grandchildren, Darby, Colby, Weston, Zion, Zayli, Bentley, Shelby (Hunter), Grayson, Braxton, Ashton, Cullen, Avery, and Kingston.
Visitation will be 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Cox Funeral Home, 3280 U.S. 67B North in Walnut Ridge. A graveside service will follow at 1:30 p.m. in Lawrence Memorial Park at Walnut Ridge. Jerry Cochran and Michael Maupin will officiate. All arrangements are under the direction of Cox Funeral Home in Walnut Ridge.
Grandsons and great-grandsons will serve as pallbearers.
Because of COVID-19, Centers for Disease Control guidelines will be observed.
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