REYDELL Lester Ray DuMond, 63, a resident of Reydell, went to be with the Lord Friday, February 24, 2012.

REYDELL Lester Ray DuMond, 63, a resident of Reydell, went to be with the Lord Friday, February 24, 2012.

Born January 4, 1949, in DeWitt, he was a son of Lester Lee and Billie Gossom DuMond.

Lester Ray was reared and received his early education in DeWitt. He was a 1968 graduate of DeWitt High School. He was an outstanding athlete, lettering in football, basketball and track. He was All Conference and All District in football and basketball, and was All State in track.

Lester Ray was a United States Marine Corps veteran of the Vietnam Conflict. He served for three years and was awarded two Medals of the Purple Heart, as well as other distinguished medals. He was a master plumber and owned and operated Lester DuMond Plumbing. He was also the Maintenance Supervisor for the Arkansas County Detention Center, retiring in December 2011. Lester Ray DuMond married Mary Ann Luckie on March 2, 1997, in Ethel, Ark.

Lester Ray was a member of Belleview Missionary Baptist Church in Ethel, Arkansas. He often stated he was not ashamed to follow Christ. He served the church as Sunday School Superintendant, teacher of the Adult II Sunday School class, and a teacher during Vacation Bible School. He was a member of the North American Hunting Club, the National Rifle Association, and Ducks Unlimited.

Lester Ray was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, John and David DuMond; three sisters, Louie Burnett, Ann Robinson, and Katy Steiner.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Ann DuMond of Reydell; two daughters, Christina DuMond and Stacey DuMond, both of DeWitt; two step-sons, Jacob Schimmel of Little Rock, and Nathan Schimmel of Jonesboro; seven grandchildren, Delilah, Cole, Sam, Sadie, Caroline, Tobin, and Vada; one brother, Walter DuMond of St. Charles, Ark.; two sisters, Delores Padgett of Ethel, and Ruth Cunningham of St. Charles.

The visitation will be from 3-5 p.m. Sunday, February 26, 2012, at Ralph Robinson & Son Funeral Directors.

Funeral services will be at 2:00 p.m. Monday, February 27, 2012, in the Chapel of Ralph Robinson & Son with Brother Curtis Brown, and Brother Donald Lee Ruffin officiating. Burial will follow in Graceland Cemetery by Ralph Robinson & Son.

Memorials may be made to: Belleview Missionary Baptist Church in Ethel, Arkansas, or the American Cancer Society, 901 N. University Dr. Little Rock, Arkansas 72207.

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