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Roller-Citizens / West Helena

508 E. Plaza St., P.O. Box 2427, West Helena, AR

Phone: 870-572-2571

David Solon Rayman

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Published: December 5, 2012

David Solon Rayman, 95, lifelong resident of Helena, Ark. died December 1st at Helena Regional Medical Center. He is survived by his daughter and three sons, Julie Mendell of Centennial, Colo.; Wilkins Thompson of Jackson, Tenn.; Charles Rayman of Knoxville, Tenn.; and Robert Thompson of Helena; six grandchildren; five great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his two sisters, Shirley Rayman Meyer and Miriam Rayman Solomon.

Rayman was a partner in the Helena Wholesale Drygoods Co. for most of his career and, after the company was liquidated, he was employed at the State of Arkansas Employment Security Division. He was a lifelong member of the Temple Beth El where, for many years, he was warden of Temple Beth El Cemetery.

Rayman was born on April 19, 1917, the son of Helena residents Charles and Gertrude Rayman. He graduated from Helena High School and earned a bachelor's degree in business from Mississippi State in 1940.

In 1958, he married Ruth Thompson. They were married 44 years prior to her death. During World War II, Rayman served in the Army Air Corps and was stationed in Okinawa and the Philipines. He was an active member of American Legion, Richard L. Kitchens Post 41.

Graveside services will be held at Temple Beth El Cemetery in Helena on December 6th at 2 p.m. A reception will follow at the Rayman home at 104 Avalon Place. Memorials may be sent to the Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life at 49115 I-55 North, Suite 204B, Jackson, Miss. 39206 or to the Temple Beth El Cemetery Endowment Fund at P.O. Box 490, Helena, Ark. 72342. Roller-Citizens Funeral Home, West Helena will direct. 870-572-2571.

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