Ray Guthrie Jr.
Thompson Funeral Home - Trumann
220 Viva Drive
Trumann, AR

PARAGOULD - Donald Ray Guthrie Jr., 50, of Gentry, affectionately known as "Big Daddy Ray," departed this life Friday, Oct. 8, 2021, in Hackett to be with his Lord and Savior.

He was born in Chicago, had lived in Gentry for the past two years and was formerly of Paragould.

He was an electrician for the Paschal Air Plumbing & Electrical Co. in Springdale.

"Daddy Ray" could often be found calling the hogs for Razorback games or gathered with his family, which he cherished most in the world.

He was a light in the dark for all who knew him and offered a smile, a hug and a joke to anyone willing to receive it.

His life was a testimony to his faith and one that all of his loved ones aspire to uphold.

Ray is survived by two daughters, Amber Guthrie of Conway and Mary Guthrie of Paragould; six sons, Andrew (Jadyn) Tippitt of Jonesboro, Jacob (Amie) Tippitt, Brandon Guthrie, Clifton Chastain and Glenn Fitzgerald, all of Paragould, and Kane Barron of Fayetteville; father, Donald Ray (Shirley) Guthrie Sr. of Trumann; mother, Maxcean Jiffie Long of Fayetteville; three sisters, Donna Brown of Gentry, June Besel of Springdale and Daina Smith of Trumann; two brothers, J.D. Guthrie of Bono and Ralph Guthrie of Trumann; two grandchildren, Malachi and Tuff Tippitt; and many other friends and loved ones.

A celebration of his life will be 10 a.m. Friday in the chapel of Thompson Funeral Home with Eugene Guthrie and Ralph Guthrie officiating. Burial will follow in Jonesboro Memorial Park Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Andrew Tippitt, Jacob Tippitt, Brandon Guthrie, Clifton Chastain, Glenn Fitzgerald, J.D. Guthrie, Ralph Guthrie and Josh Brown.

Honorary pallbearers are Christian, Caleb and Colby Arrington, David Cruz and Tyler Trayler.

Visitation will from 5 to 7 this evening, Oct. 14, at the funeral home.

Online registry: www.thompsonfuneralhome.net

Published by Jonesboro Sun on Oct. 14, 2021.
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