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Moore's Jacksonville Funeral Home

1504 Loop Road, Jacksonville, AR

Phone: 501-982-2136

Vernelle Edythe Gray

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Published: January 24, 2013

Vernelle Edythe Gray, 88, resident of Jacksonville since 1966, died Tuesday, January 22, 2013. She was born March 6, 1924 in Centerville (Faulkner County) to the late Edward Earl and Gwendolyn Hammock Shumate. During World War II, Mrs. Gray worked in the Jacksonville Ordinance Plant, later for G.E. in Memphis and retired from Hiwassee Manufacturing in Jacksonville in 1988. She was an avid NBA fan and Bingo player. Mrs. Gray was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Jacksonville since 1966 and a member of the Friendship Sunday School class. In addition to her parents,

Mrs. Gray was preceded in death by her sister, Hazel Shumate and brothers, Donald and Dale Shumate. Mrs. Gray is survived by her husband, Oscar Gray of Jacksonville; son, Jimmy Gray (Cindy) of Cabot; daughter, Marcia Dornblaser (Jim) of Jacksonville; grandchildren, Michael Dornblaser (Jen) of Jacksonville, Julie Dornblaser of North Little Rock, Cindy Dornblaser of Jacksonville and Madison Gray of Cabot. She is also survived by her great grandchildren, Hunter and Rhett Dornblaser of Jacksonville; nephews, Dr. Travis Shumate of Union City, Tennessee, Jerry Shumate of Portageville, Missouri and Kenny Shumate of Marion, Arkansas and a host of cousins and friends.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Friday, January 25, 2013 at the First United Methodist Church in Jacksonville with burial following at Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Quitman. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Moore's Jacksonville Funeral Home (501) 982-2136. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church Youth Program; 220 W. Main Street; Jacksonville, Ark. 72076. Please sign the online guestbook at

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JACK WEST says...

Dear Friends,

Daddy and I were so deeply saddened when we received a letter from Marcia telling us of Vernelle's passing. My mother, Anita Jean Moore West, and Vernelle were the dearest of childhood friends. They had known each other for over sixty years. They never did loose contact with each other and took several "mini" vacations with their other two girlfriends, Faye and Fern. They always wore their hats and called themselves The Golden Girls after the television show of the same name. The Gray family was so sweet to have traveled to Clarksville to pay their respects to Mother when she passed away in late March of last year. Vernelle will always be remembered for being a wonderful wife and mother. She loved Ocar and her family dearly. Vernelle had a great sense of humor and always kept a beautiful smile on her face. She touched many people. She will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of deep loss and sorry. There is nothing that will ever take a mother's place.

We love you,
Jack and Bliss West
Beaufort, South Carolina

February 18, 2013 at 6:18 p.m. ( | suggest removal )



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