Zelma Rackley, 87, of Pine Bluff passed away Monday, October 20, 2014, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Zelma Rackley, 87, of Pine Bluff passed away Monday, October 20, 2014, after a courageous battle with cancer.


Born Zelma Louise Gray on August 7, 1927 in Pine Bluff, she was the daughter of the late Burley and Laura Ragsdale Gray.


Now resting in the arms of Jesus, Zelma would often say, "I’m ready when the good Lord is ready for me!"


In 1953, Zelma married the late William Clyde Marshall. They shared forty-three years of marriage, until his death in 1996. "Zel" and "Bill" lived most of their life in Florida, before relocating to Pine Bluff in 1994. They enjoyed working in the restaurant business together and entertaining family and friends who came to visit their Florida home.


Zelma married James Edward Rackley in 2002. "Z" and "Buddy" enjoyed retirement life for five years prior to his death in 2007.


Zelma worked as a hostess and waitress most of her life. She enjoyed providing exceptional customer service. This continued after retirement when she became a Walmart greeter. Zelma loved animals, especially her "furry" companions of which she had many through the years.


Zelma was a long time member of Immanuel Baptist Church and at the time of her death, a member of Green Meadow Baptist Church and the Ladies Auxiliary of V.F.W. 4255.


Zelma was preceded in death by her parents; her husbands; four sisters, Lorella Garner, Genie Wayman, Frances DeLaVega, and Laura Nichols; and three brothers, Leon, Hollis and George Gray.


Survivors include a step-daughter, Judy Young and step-son, James (Linda) Rackley, both of White Hall; two sisters, Lucille Steed, of Pine Bluff and Dorothy (Tom) Noyes of Lake Village; and many nieces and nephews.


Visitation will be held Thursday, October 23, 2014 from 1:00-3:00 p.m. at Ralph Robinson & Son Funeral Directors. Private burial will be held at a later date. Friends may sign the online register at www.ralphrobinsonandson.com. Memorials may be sent to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (www.jdrf.org) or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (www.stjude.org).