Betty Lou Cullins Ray, 83, of Jonesboro, died Aug. 4. She was born in Jamestown, Arkansas, to Dorce and Dallas Cullins.
She graduated from Harrisburg High School 1950; then received her Bachelor’s degree from Southern Baptist University and her Masters of Library Science from Arkansas State University.
She was a librarian and public school teacher in the Nettleton School System 1971 to 1998.
In addition to being a dedicated school teacher, she was a faithful and devoted pastor’s wife, a loving mother, grandmother and a great grandmother and worked tirelessly as a selfless Servant of God leading in women's and church ministries.
She was preceded in death by her parents, one sister Mrs. Lavelle Stewart.
Survivors include her husband of 63 years, Reverend Harold Ray, of the home; daughter, Phyllis Tomlinson (Mark); of Jonesboro; sons, Colonel (Ret) Joel Ray USAF, NC and wife Karen of Raleigh, North Carolina; Tim Ray (Kathy) of Jonesboro; sister Virginia Reddmann (J.) of Cherry Valley; grandchildren, Allison Gragg, Lacey Hoggard, Megan Morrow, Neeley Ray; great grandchildren: Braxton and Bryce Gragg, Rae Morrow all of Jonesboro; special family members, Larry and Kathy Newberry, Mr. & Mrs. Stephen Newberry, Mark Newberry, & grandchild Asher.
Funeral services will be at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 6, at Nettleton Baptist Church in Jonesboro. A committal service will be 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 7, at Oaklawn Cemetery in Jonesboro.