Ray Fortson, 88, of Monette died Friday, Feb. 21, 2003, at Monette Manor. He was a retired farmer and member of Monette First Baptist Church. He had lived in the Monette area most of his life.
He is survived by three daughters, Mary McElroy of Monette, Lillian Hanna of Waldron, and Brenda Lyons of Waxahachie, Texas; 12 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen Fortson, two daughters and three grandchildren.
The funeral was held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23, at the Gregg Funeral Home Chapel in Monette with Rev. Jerry Reed officiating. Burial was in the Monette Cemetery with Gregg Funeral Home of Monette in charge of arrangements.
Active pallbearers were Ronnie McElroy, Rickey McElroy, Shann McElroy, Dennis James, Gary Perew, and James Hanna. Honorary pallbearers were Rickey Roberts and Raymond Krouse.