Omer Ray Crone, 79, of Sardis died Wednesday, Sept. 19, in a VA foster home in Cabot from many ailments to his body.
He was born Aug. 21, 1933, to the late George C. Crone and Sarah Alma Ball Crone in England. Ray was a graduate of Sheridan High School and Henderson State Teacher College in Arkadelphia. He was of the Baptist faith and a Korean War veteran.
Ray used his expertise as a CPA as co-owner of the National Life Insurance Co. of St. Louis, Mo., an insurance firm in Dallas, Texas, and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Ray’s special activities in life included gardening, flowers, fruit trees, fishing, umpiring Little League baseball games. In his younger years, he played baseball with the Sardis Cubs baseball team.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Claudia E. Cole; and two brothers, John W. Crone and Charles Dean Crone.
Ray leaves to cherish his memory, a twin sister, Faye Crone Moren and husband Waylon of Sardis; two brothers, James M. “Jim” Crone and wife Kathy of Sardis and George Robert “Bob” Crone and wife Betty of Forth Worth, Texas; and several nieces, nephews and friends.
Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, at Ashby Funeral Home with the Rev. Stephen Dickinson officiating. Burial will follow at McPherson Cemetery in Sardis. Nephews will serve as pallbearers.
Arrangements are by Ashby Funeral Home
Visitation is set from 6 to 8 p.m. today, Sept. 21, at the funeral home.
Online guest book: www.ashbyfuneralhome.com 
Family comments: His family wishes to thank his caregivers, Everett Hodge, Philly Montgomery, Jasmine Hodge and Melinda Gault, for their loving care of Ray.