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Gerald Ray Glidewell
December 7, 1949 - January 11, 2021

Gerald Ray Glidewell  of Trumann, departed this life on January 11, 2021 at the family residence at the age of 71 years, 1 month and 4 days.  He was born Wednesday, December 7, 1949 in Tracy, CA and lived most of his lifetime in Trumann.  Gerald was co-owners with Randy McClung of McWell MFG, a Vietnam veteran of the U.S. Army, Lifetime Master Mason, 32nd Degree Scottish Rite,  served on the Trumann Housing Authority Board for 32 years with 27 years as chairman.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles Ray and Elsie Geraldine Smith Glidewell and grandson, Emsley Ward McNair.       He is survived by his wife and high school sweetheart of 51 years, Rayva McDaniel Glidewell of the home; two daughters, Mika (David) Davis and Maranda McNair both of Trumann;  three grandchildren, Kennedy Crowell, Isabella Davis and Parks McNair.       Graveside Celebration of Life service will be Thursday at 2:00 p.m. at Jonesboro Memorial Park Cemetery with Pastor Sarah Ellzey officiating.  Burial will follow with Thompson Funeral Home of Trumann in charge of arrangements.       In compliance with COVID-19 restrictions, social distancing will be required along with face masks and the signing of a COVID-19 form.       An online guest book can be signed at www.thompsonfuneralhome.net.

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Funeral Service

January 14, 2021
02:00 PM

Jonesboro Memorial Park Cemetery
3910 Harrisburg Road
Jonesboro, AR 72404

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  1. Patsy Chaffin, Bay, Ar. . says

    Just saw this and so sorry for your loss. God Bless all of you.

  2. Margie Owens Dean, Boone, NC says

    Dear Rayva, I just found out about Gerald. I am so terribly sorry.

  3. Tammy McNatt, Trumann says

    We just found out about Gerald passing and we are saddened to hear and our prayers are with you. I will never forget when I moved in across the street from y'all when you lived on Reed. Me being a single mom you made me and my son feel safe. So many memories and how Gerald called out precious cat Casper king of reed st. And how on the 4th of July we shot fireworks. How I cried when you moved yet I knew how close y'all were and you wanted to be together living in the meadows. May God give you strength and we love you. Rava, Mica, Miranda and your sweet Kennedy, Isabella and Parks you will always hold a special place in our hearts. Tammy and son Trandon McNatt.

  4. favorite grandkid, Trumann, Ar says

    Mau Mau, I love you more than words could explain. I hope I find myself a paw one day. You’re not alone, we will get through this together as a family. xoxo

  5. Teddy Evans, Batesville,Ar. says

    Rayva, so sorry to hear about Gerald! Our prayers are with and your family. So glad we got to see and visit with y’all at class reunion.

  6. Delia Mae Elliott, Lathrop, Mo. 64465 says

    With our greatest sympathy to you and your family. Thinking of you at this time of sorrow. Delia Mae Elliott and family.

  7. Ron McCullars, Jonesboro, AR says

    Rayva, I am so sorry for your loss. Gerald was a good man, good friend, and I know he was a good family man that loved his wife and family. I will pray for Gerald and you and family.

  8. Gerald & Rhonda Brown, Jonesboro AR says

    We are so thankful that God BLESSED us with a very special friendship with this wonderful family. 47 years and counting!!. A friendship that has made us a family. Our hearts are breaking and our tears are flowing for the loss of our beloved friend. Prayers and comfort for each and everyone along with hugs and love. Let our hearts be softened by the sweet memories we share with each other. Our love is sent your way and one day we'll ALL be together again in God's loving Grace. G.B. and Rhonda

  9. Billy & Patsy Adams, West Memphis says

    We are so sorry to hear about Gerald. Our prayers are with all of his family.

  10. Johnnie Kendall Mitchusson, Star City says

    Sending condolences

  11. Mike Chaffin, Russellville, Ar says

    So sorry for your loss, Gerald was always one of the good guys! Praying for Rayva and the family

  12. Patty (Long) Williams, Conway ar says

    I’m really sorry to here about Gearld he always treated me as family as you all did I know he will be missed by so many people you all are in my prayers love you all

  13. Mary Lee Brock Cunningham, Jonesboro says

    Rayva, I was so sorry to read about Gerald's passing. In my mind's eye I still envision you and him as you were back in the late 60's. Yet, in the years between then and now you two built a good life together and raised a family. There's no doubt you, the kids and grands will miss Gerald terribly, but what a blessing to have had so many years together! God grant your comfort as you lay him to rest.

  14. Beth McClung Nunnally, Bentonville, AR says

    Sending our love and prayers. George & Beth

  15. Lynn Osment, Trumann, Ar says

    Rayva and family, so sorry to hear this. Gerald put up a great battle these last few years and has gotten back on his feet many times. He was a fighter and loved his family so very much!!! Know that there are no words to help, just prayers lifted up for God’s peace and comforts sow each of you!!!

  16. Roger Haynes, Bono, Ar says

    Rayva, there are no words to express how sorry I am. Gerald is one of the good ones. I hope to see him again soon.

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