Ray Clift, age 96, of Mena passed away at his home in Mena, Arkansas, Friday, October 26, 2018.

He was born at home in Mena, Arkansas August 23, 1922 to the late Jesse Ray and Ollie Anderson Clift. He was happily married to Orlene Head Clift for 54 years. In 1939, Ray, along with several other young men from Mena, joined the National Guard. In 1941, he entered active service in the U. S. Army. During WWII Ray received a Good Conduct Medal as well as five Bronze Stars for the battles of Naples-Foggia, Rome Arne, South France, Rhineland and Central Europe. After WWII Ray held different jobs including being a Railway Postal Clerk and driving a truck for Lion Oil Company in Mena. Even after retirement, Ray kept busy working and serving faithfully at the First Baptist Church of Mena as a custodian and usher. Ray enjoyed watching baseball, reading the newspaper, solving crossword puzzles and visiting family. 

He is survived by wife: Orlene Head Clift of Mena, Arkansas

Son: Randy Clift and wife Debbie of Houston, Texas

Daughters: Tracy McCullar and husband Shane of Russellville, Arkansas, and Kay Ramsey and husband Keith of Sheridan, Arkansas 

Grandchildren: Tyler Baker and girlfriend Sarah of Union, Missouri, Cole Baker and wife Christina of Great Falls, Montana, Keaton Ramsey of Conway, Arkansas, and Karson Ramsey of Sheridan, Arkansas

Great-granddaughter: Natalya Baker of Great Falls, Montana

Cousins: Janis Shull of Mena, Arkansas and Chrys Geyer of Colleyville, Texas

Nephew: Wayne Campbell and wife Connie of Owassa, Oklahoma.

He was preceded in death by his parents Ray and Ollie Clift, two sisters, Lillian Campbell and Marilyn Eads, and one niece Becky Jordan.

Funeral service will be Monday, October 29, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church with Brother Russell Threat and Brother Pete Hatley officiating.


Interment will follow in the Pinecrest Memorial Park under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena.

Visitation will be general.

Pallbearers will be Wayne McDaniel, Gary Floyd, Kyle Robertson, Joe Head, Randolph Emerson, David Ray, Rondall Mullin, and Stokes Herod.


10-27-18 11:13 a.m. 

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