Ray Wilder Leavins, Sr. age 87 of Murfreesboro, Arkansas, went to his eternal home on Thursday, February 16, 2012 in Little Rock, Arkansas. He was born June 25, 1924 in Goose Creek, Texas to the late Roy Wilder and Jessie Litzler Leavins.
Mr. Leavins was a retired rancher and poultry farmer. In his earlier years he worked as Boiler Maker for Humble Oil Company, carpenter, and with Lake Greeson USACE. He enjoyed making things grow on the farm and in the garden. He faithfully attended Sunset Church of Christ in Nashville, Arkansas. Mr. Leavins served his country in the U. S. Army during WWII in the South Pacific and received a Bronze Star and 2 Purple Hearts along with other awards.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Ivy Roy Leavins.
Survivors include his wife of over 63 years, Pauline Leavins of Murfreesboro, Arkansas
3 sons, Ray Wilder Leavins, Jr. of Old River, Texas
Mitchell Everett Leavins and wife, Amanda, of Murfreesboro, Arkansas
Kerry Drexel Leavins of Crosby, Texas
3 daughters, Rowena Jenee Leavins of Murfreesboro, Arkansas
Jeslynne Marianne Brown of Hot Springs, Arkansas
Narae Belvia Joalta Leavins of Washington, Arkansas
1 sister-in-law, Laverne Leavins, Baytown, Texas
Special Daughters-in-law, Nancy Leavins, Lee Ann Leavins
12 Grandchildren, Theresa Jordan, Ray Leavins, III, Adam Leavins and wife Christy, Matthew Leavins and wife Stacy, Sharon Richard, Janice Bartel and husband Clay, David Wright, Kevin Wright, Kirk Wright, Larissa Wright, Halie Brown and Kael Brown.
14 Great Grandchildren and a host of other family and friends.
Services will be Monday, February 20, 2012 at 10 am. at Sunset Church of Christ in Nashville.. Interment will follow in Pleasant Home Cemetery in Murfreesboro.
The family will receive friends at Nashville Funeral Home on Sunday afternoon from 2 to 4 pm. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Pleasant Home Cemetery.
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