Billy Ray George, 87, of Walnut Ridge, formerly of Jonesboro, passed away Saturday, July 25, 2020, at NEA Baptist Hospital in Jonesboro.

He was born July 23, 1933, in the Lake City area, to Page and Ida Minick George. He worked for Pure Oil for five years and for the Canal Barge Company for 34 years. He enjoyed fishing and camping, country music and spending time with his family. Billy moved to Mountain View in 1995 and enjoyed 21 years there, where he made many friends. Billy was of the Church of Christ belief.

Billy was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Darlene George; brother, T.J. (T-Bone) George; sisters, Emogene Hugg and Wayne Parker.

Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Lavon McGough George, of the home; one sister, Pat Riviere of Huntsville, Ala.; two sons, Gary George (Linda) of Powhatan and Glenn George of Florida; two daughters, Vickie Lewis (Reggie) of Hardy and Karen Cremeens (Gary) of Paragould; grandchildren, Laura Pierce (Wesley) of Jonesboro, Misty Shearin (Mike) of Ennis Texas, Stephanie Thatch (Anthony) of Ravenden Springs, Alexia MaHaffey (Jimmy) of Ravenden, Carla Mills (Jhay) of Harrisburg, Scott Cremeens (Sadie) of Paragould, Ashley Durham (Andy) of Lynn, Bradley George of Cash and Breanna George and Marshal George, both of Florida; 17 great-grandchildren; and eight great-great-grandchildren.

Visitation is today, July 29, from 10-11 a.m. at Cox Funeral Home in Walnut Ridge. Funeral will follow at 11 with Gary Cremeens officiating. Interment will be in Lawrence Memorial Park in Walnut Ridge.

Honored to serve as pallbearers are Scott Cremeens, Jhay Mills, Anthony Thatch, Jimmy MaHaffey, Wesley Pierce and Bradley George.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Children’s Home, Inc in Paragould, The ALS foundation, or St. Jude Children’s Hospital in Memphis or Lawrence Memorial Park.

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

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