Ira Ray "Red"Gill, 75, of Blytheville died Tuesday, June 3, 2003, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Blytheville. Born at Dell, he attended Dell and Blytheville schools and Arkansas State University. He was a veteran of World War II and of the Korean War having served in both the Army and Air Force. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Blytheville, was a longtime member of the American Legion, Disabled American Veterans and Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was a past international president of the Jaycees and was selected as one of the Outstanding Young Men of America in 1965. He was the owner of River City Spice Company.
Survivors include his wife, Eva Lannum Gill of the home; a son, Ray Alan Gill of Blytheville; a sister, Robin Bennett of Blytheville; and two grandchildren, Ginger Brown of Blytheville and Heath Gill of Jacksonville, Fla.
The funeral was held at 3:30 p.m. Thursday in the Chapel of Cobb Funeral Home in Blytheville with Mike Welch and David Ross officiating. Burial was in the Elmwood Cemetery at Blytheville.
Members of the men's fellowship Sunday School class at First Baptist Church will serve as pallbearers.
The family requests anyone wishing to leave a lasting memorial consider the First Baptist Church, Trinity Baptist Church or a charity of the donor's choice.