Alice Lou Bray
Mrs. Alice Lou Harris Bray of Tuckerman, Arkansas departed this life at her home in Tuckerman on Wednesday, June 6, 2018, at the age of 82. She was born January 19, 1936, in Newport the daughter of Marcus Dean Harris and Mattie Mae Graham Harris.
Mrs. Bray was a member of the Tuckerman High School Class of 1953 and was class Valedictorian. Following high school she pursued her education at Hendrix College in Conway. Following college graduation with a degree in Pre-Med, Mrs. Bray began working at the University of Arkansas for Medical Science in Little Rock. It was there that she met Mr. Al Bray. They were married on June 25, 1961.
As the Bray’s began their life together, they moved to Fort Worth, where she began working in research and development for children with leukemia. Over the next several years, they moved to different locations in Louisiana and Arkansas. Finally making their home in Tuckerman, where they lived and raised their family.
Mrs. Bray worked as a substitute school teacher in the Tuckerman schools and she was a bookkeeper for Zenith Seed Company for several years. She spent twenty plus years as a and financial manager of Harris family farm.
Mrs. Bray was very active in her community. She served as a member and past president for the Jackson County Learning Center for many years, was a member of the Billingsley Memorial Library Board and the Walnut Grove Cemetery Board in Newport. Mrs. Bray was a member of the Tuckerman Garden Club and Trails to Tuckerman, which is responsible for preserving the history of Tuckerman. Possessing a strong sense of duty to her community and to her country, Mrs. Bray felt it was important to always work the polls during election time.
Above all, she was an active and devoted member of the Tuckerman United Methodist Church. Mrs. Bray served the church in every capacity possible. Together, she and her husband were faithful members of the choir. Mrs. Bray worked as a Sunday school teacher for many years and served as a trustee of the church and worked as a member of the finance committee. She was active in the United Methodist Women and was recognized by the church for her many years of service.
Mrs. Bray also shared her faith by participating in the Emmaus Walks leading others to a closer walk with Jesus Christ. She was active in the McPherson Prison Ministry and led the Kairos Christian Walk studies at the prison which made amazing changes in the general culture of the ladies prison and led many women to Christ.
Mrs. Bray will be forever remembered as a Godly woman, a prayer warrior, and a lady with the true heart of a servant. All who were privileged to know her, will agree that she graciously epitomized the scripture, “Live your life in a manner worthy of the Gospel of Christ.” Philippians 1:27
Mrs. Bray was preceded in death by her daughter, Shelley Marie Bray Petefish on April 11, 2017; by a sister, Martha Ann Gilleylen on May 15, 2018; and by her parents.
She is survived by her husband, of nearly 57 years, Al Bray of the home; two daughters, Lou Ann Bray of Sherwood and Ann Marie Bray Mannon and husband, Mark, of Tuckerman; one son-in-law, John Petefish of Sherwood; eight grandchildren, Logan Harris Bray, Mary Rachel Garrison, Matthew Alton Davidson, Sarah Grace Petefish, Ann Marie Petefish, Christopher Heath Clark, Matthew Skylar Clark, Kellie Leigh-Ann Johnson; nine great-grandchildren; two sisters, Betty Mae Harris Parr and husband, Ken, of Fort Worth, Texas and Pat Fisher of Newport; one sister in law, Jean Hugs of Benton and one brother in law, Gordon Bray of Benton.