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Donald Ray Guthrie
February 9, 1971 - October 8, 2021

Mr. Donald Ray Guthrie, Jr., of Gentry, AR., affectionately known as “Big Daddy Ray” departed this life on Friday, October 8, 2021 in Hackett, AR to be with his Lord and Savior at the age of 50 years, 7 months and 29 days.  He was born Tuesday, February 9, 1971 in Chicago, IL and had lived in Gentry for the past 2 years and was formerly of Paragould.  He was a electrician for the Paschal Air Plumbing & Electrical Company in Springdale, AR.  “Daddy Ray” could often be found calling the hogs for a Razorback games, or gathered around his family whom he cherished most in the world.  He was a light in he 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 of his faith and one all of his loved ones aspire to uphold.       Ray is survived by two daughters, Amber Guthrie of Conway, AR and Mary Guthrie of Paragould, AR; six sons, Andrew (Jadyn) Tippitt of Jonesboro, Jacob (Amie) Tippitt, Brandon Guthrie, Clifton Chastain and Glenn Fitzgerald all of Paragould, AR and Kane Barron of Fayetteville, AR; father, Donald Ray (Shirley) Guthrie, Sr. of Trumann; mother, Maxcean Jiffie Long of Fayetteville; three sisters, Donna Brown of Gentry, AR, June Besel of Springdale and Daina Smith of Trumann; two brothers, J. D. Guthrie of Bono, AR and Ralph Guthrie of Trumann; two grandchildren, Malachi and Tuff Tippitt and many other friends and loved ones.       A celebration of life will be Friday morning at 10 A.M. in the chapel of Thompson Funeral Home with Eugene Guthrie and Ralph Guthrie officiating.  Burial will follow at Jonesboro Memorial Park Cemetery in Jonesboro, AR.       Pallbearers will be Andrew Tippitt, Jacob Tippitt, Brandon Guthrie, J.D. Guthrie, Ralph Guthrie, John Owens, and Josh Brown.  Honorary pallbearers are Christian, Caleb, and Colby Arrington, David Cruz, Clifton Chastain, Glenn Fitzgerald and Tyler Trayler.    Visitation will be Thursday evening from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Thompson Funeral Home in Trumann, AR.          Online guest book can be signed at ww.thompsonfuneralhome.net.

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October 14, 2021
05:00 PM - 07:00 PM

Thompson Funeral Home
220 Viva Drive
Trumann, AR 72472

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October 15, 2021
10:00 AM

Thompson Funeral Home
220 Viva Drive
Trumann, AR 72472

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  1. Crystal, Trumann says

    I'm sending my condolences and it breaks my heart that the good Lord took him way too soon. But he's in a better place than all this hell on earth! You most definitely will be missed Ray!!! Rest easy

  2. joyce e huff, Booneville says

    Ray you was a good friend . I only got to know you a couple years but you was always fun to be around . RIP

  3. Amanda Ethridge Sheila Gibson, Paragould Ar says

    You will be missed, praying for those you left behind

  4. Christian Batres, Centerton, AR says

    Ray was such a wonderful person. He was a "Once in a lifetime" man, and I am so fortunate to have gotten to know him in mine. His smile was infectious, and his joy radiated from him. I'll miss you Ray, we ALL will so very much. God bless you, Rest In Peace my friend.

  5. Charley Boyce, Springdale, AR says

    I am so incredibly sorry for your loss. The loss of Ray is felt by all of us here at Paschal and it was an honor & privilege to work with him and have him as part of our team. We will continue to cherish all the memories and contributions Ray made and remember him for his contagious smile and positive attitude. Sending our thoughts and prayers from the Paschal family.

  6. Austin Efurd, Fayetteville, AR says

    Ray, You were an inspiration to many and you will be greatly missed. Customers always had the greatest things to say about you and you had such an infectious personality. Rest easy.

  7. Nick Schmidt, Springdale, AR says

    Job 1:21 "The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away" Ray, it was a pleasure working with you at Paschal. You always wore a big smile which is a reflection of the joy of the Lord in your heart. I am thankful for that. You will be missed around here man.

  8. Briana Cole, Rogers, Arkansas says

    From my short time spent with Ray, I could tell he was an amazing person. I am glad I had the pleasure of knowing him. He will be sincerely missed. Please accept my sincere condolences.

  9. Christi Foust, Paragould says

    I am so sorry and prayers for comfort.

  10. James/Tina Anderson, Paragould, AR says

    Our deepest sympathy and prayers for you all during this time.

  11. Dallas Black, says

    Ray, you were an inspiration both in the field and more importantly as a father. You will be sincerely missed. Rest In Peace.

  12. Dawn Darling, Pea Ridge, AR says

    Loved this guy! He always brought a smile to my face! Always respectful and nice! Was so sorry to hear we lost a good one! RIP my friend! You will be missed so much. My prayers to Ray’s family! It was a pleasure to meet him at Paschal’s where he worked! Sending healing prayers!

  13. Benjamin Ettestad , Fayetteville says

    Ray will be greatly missed. He was a wonderful friend and coworker. He had an absolutely contagious smile. I often would call him “Uncle Ray,” because that’s what he felt like. Love you, Ray. Rest easy.

  14. David Wilson, says

    What a gentleman. I had the honor of working with Ray for the last year. I feel like I learned more about a mans character and what a man should be than anything else from him. Rays smile could make every room a bit brighter. I know I am blessed to have had him in my life if only for a short season. I will miss him very much. I'm so sorry for your loss. David

  15. JuneDawn Besel, Springdale AR says

    I love you bubba! I can’t believe your gone! I miss you so much! My heart aches in pain. Please know that I am very proud of you! You were like a father to me! You were always there when I needed you! I love you, FOREVER! GO HOGS! WPS!

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