Ray Orville HuffmanDover, AR, 1915 - 2014
Ray Orville Huffman, 98, Dover, formerly of Harrison, passed away April 14, 2014, at John L. McClellan Memorial Veterans Hospital in Little Rock. He was born December 24, 1915, in Cleveland, Conway County, Arkansas, to John David and Mary Elizabeth (George) Huffman.
Mr. Huffman was a member of Eagle Heights Baptist Church. He was a proud member of the US Army serving during World War II with Company K, 104th Division, 413th Infantry "Timberwolves." After receiving an honorable discharge, Ray began working for Harrison Grocer in the late 1940's and continued to work for the Milburn family until his retirement from Pippen Wholesale. An avid Cardinal's fan, Ray enjoyed gardening, fishing at Tucker Hollow, listening to Gospel music and enjoyed a dish of ice cream, sometimes even before his meal. He was known as Papaw, G-Pa Ray, Daddy Ray, Grandpa Ray or whatever he needed to be for his grandchildren, who were his pride and joy. He was a gifted story teller and never met a stranger.
Ray leaves to cherish his memory five daughters: Corinne (Joe) Linam, Floy Etta Goad, Judy Daniels, Jean (Robert) Twiggs and Jan (Todd) Anderson; son-in-law: Mitch Batts; sister: Zeta Allen; brother: Gene Huffman; 24 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; nine great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; two wives: Elizabeth Bolin Huffman and Marie Ellis Huffman; sons: Thomas Ray Huffman and Jim Ellis; daughters: Billie Wells, Karen Batts, and infant daughter; granddaughter: Ellen Huffman; and three sons-in-law: Jerry Daniels, Buck T. Goad and Ross Wells.
Funeral service 2 p.m. Friday, April 18th, at Roller-Christeson Funeral Home, Brother Tom Lewis officiating. Interment in Maplewood Cemetery. Family will receive friends one hour prior to service at funeral home.
Pallbearers: Austin Daniels, Will Daniels, Kenneth Fry, Dallas Goad, Clay Anderson, Ryan Twiggs, Jeremiah Johnston and Christopher Deen. Honorable Pallbearers: Joseph Whitener, Jon Linam, Bill Huffman, Ben Huffman, Jim Huffman and Shannon Willis. Online Guestbook: www.rollerfuneralhomes.com.
Published April 17, 2014
OBITUARY SUBMITTED BY:
Roller-Christeson Funeral Home
519 N. Spring Street, P.O. Box 100, Harrison, AR