Jay Rolen Spray

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Jay Rolen Spray passed from this life to his Heavenly home on Sunday, Aug. 26, 2018, at the age of 59 years, 8 months, and 16 days after a year-long battle with cancer.

Jay was born on Dec. 10, 1958, in Chandler, Okla., to Lawrence and Evana (Rolen) Spray. Jay grew up in Stilwell, Okla., and was a 1977 graduate of Stilwell High School. In 1982, he graduated from Northeastern State University, Tahlequah, Okla., with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. Jay worked in social services for 34 years and helped many people. Jay was married to his high school sweetheart Jacqueline (Stanley) Spray on Jan. 19, 1979. Their union was blessed with four children: Jason, Joshua, Janna and Joseph.

Jay trusted the Lord Jesus Christ as his personal Savior at the age of 14 and served Him faithfully all his life. He loved the Lord and was an active member of Friendship Baptist Church, Highland, Ark.

Jay was preceded in death by his parents and granddaughter Charity Joy Spray.

Jay leaves behind a wonderful heritage and spiritual legacy in his wife Jacqueline, their four children and 22 grandchildren: Jason Spray, wife Lea Ann, and children Caleb, Naomi, Gideon, Gabriel, Olivia, Benaiah, Bethany and Verity Spray all of Melbourne, Ark.; Joshua Spray of Ash Flat, Ark.; Janna (Spray) Praught, husband Timothy and children Laura, Rachel, Maria, Victor, Charlotte, Jennavieve, Valor and Addilyn Praught all of Smithville, Ark.; Joseph Spray, wife Lisa and children Wesley, L.T., Liberty, Rolen, Shiloh and Judah Spray all of Ash Flat, Ark.

Jay also leaves behind two brothers, James Spray and John Spray, and a host of family and friends.