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Obituary: Judy Ann Ray


Judy Ann Ray, age 76, of Nashville, Ark., passed away, May 2, 2023, in Texarkana at St. Michael’s Hospital.

She was born May 8, 1946, in Delight, Ark., the 5th and youngest daughter of the late Clyde Jewel Johnson and Eula Mae McClane Johnson.

Judy was a member of Sunset Church of Christ in Nashville. She loved her cats, working in her yard, walking with friends, and most of all, spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

She was beloved by all who knew her and had many friends who were like family to her and was known to be someone always willing to go above and beyond to care for and nurture those who needed it.

She worked at Husqvarna of Nashville for 35 years, beginning when it first opened as Beaird-Poulan in 1980. She retired in 2015 at the age of 68.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Helen Johnson Hicks and Clyda Johnson Avant.

Survivors include: her three daughters, Teresa Jackson Miller and husband John, Tammy Jackson Cope and husband Scott, and Trina Jackson Holbrook; grandchildren Anna Combs Jones and husband Scott, Damien Cope and wife Tiffany, Brandyn Gortemiller and wife Cassondra, Sean Miller, Amanda Gortemiller Hohmann and husband Taylor, Abigail Cope Crow and husband Dustin; 13 great-grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild; two sisters Earline Johnson Tipton and Faydean Johnson Gatliff, and many nieces, nephews and beloved friends.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 6, 2023, at Latimer Funeral Home in Nashville, at 2 p.m. with Rex Roberts of Nash Baptist Church, and Terrell Polite, Chaplain of Heritage Hospice of Texarkana officiating. Visitation with the family will follow the service.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials may be made to Judy’s Alzheimer’s Association Tribute Page. http://act.alz.org/goto/judyray

You may send an online sympathy message at www.latimerfuneralhome.com.

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