Billie Jean Gray, 90, of Pocahontas, formerly of Walnut Ridge, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021, at her residence.

She was born Sept. 19, 1930, in Walnut Ridge, to Jimmy and Dealy Davis Henderson. She married Reverend 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; and half-brothers, Noble, Hite, Paul and Eugene Henderson; and half-sisters, Hazel Matchett and Betty Tahlman.

Billie is survived by her husband, Reverend 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); great-grandchildren, Darby, Colby, Weston, Zion, Zayli, Bentley, Shelby (Hunter), Grayson, Braxton, Ashton, Cullen, Avery and Kingston.

Visitation will be Saturday, Jan. 16, , from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Cox Funeral Home, located at 3280 Hwy. 67B North in Walnut Ridge. A graveside service will follow at 1:30 p.m. in Lawrence Memorial Park in Walnut Ridge. Jerry Cochran and Michael Maupin will officiate.

Grandsons and great-grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

Due to Covid-19, CDC guidelines will be observed.

An online guestbook is available at www.coxfh walnutridge.com.

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