Jimmy Ray Cearley

June 28, 1940 ~ August 21, 2021 (age 81)



Jimmy Ray Cearley was born June 28, 1940 in Mena, Arkansas the son of the late R.C. and Emio Standridge Cearley. Jimmy married Ruth Ganzer on February 18, 1963 who survives him along with sons, James Cearley and wife Bouana, John Cearley and wife Deborah; daughter, Glenda Cearley Harrington and husband Rick all of Charleston; grandchildren, Malina Cearley, Monika Cearley-Miller and Thomas of Fort Smith, Nolan Harrington, Hollyn Harrington, Easton Harrington and honorary grandchildren;
Rebel and Radley Ervin; brothers, Donald Cearley and Sam Cearley; sister, Debbie Cearley Posey all of Mena, Arkansas along with many nieces and nephews. Preceding in his death was his parents and brother, Larry Cearley of Mena, Arkansas.


Jim served 24 years in the U.S. Army-serving two tours in Vietnam, 0ne Korea and four tours in Germany accompanied by his wife and family whenever was possible. He was also stationed at Ft. Chaffee, Arkansas, Ft. Rucker ALA, Fort Ord, CA, Ft Bliss, TX. Ft Hood, TX and Ft Carson, CO. Jim was also a retired employee of Williams Tool.


Funeral service will be held 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, August 25, 2021 at Smith Mortuary, Charleston, Arkansas with interment with full military honors at Garden of Memories Cemetery. Family will receive friends, Tuesday 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Smith Mortuary, 22 N Greenwood Charleston, Arkansas. To place online tribute go to

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August 25, 2021

10:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Smith Mortuary (Charleston, Arkansas, Garden of Memories Cemetery)

August 31, 2021

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Smith Mortuary (Greenwood Charleston, Arkansas)

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