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James W. “Jake” Ralls

James W. “Jake” Ralls, 90, of Mena is now fishing in his Creator’s private pond by personal invitation. Jake was born on September 23, 1928 to Oscar J. and Estelle Golden Ralls in Athens, Arkansas.

Jake enlisted in the United States Army and served during the Korean War and spent most of his tour of duty in Japan. He married in 1958 to Myrna Loy Jones and worked as a carpenter in the Mena area for J.W. Crawford Construction Company. He was an over 50-year member of the Buffalo Gap #484 Masonic Lodge and a member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Mena Lodge 781. Jake took great delight in spending time with his family, all of whom he loved very much. He excelled at gardening, small engine repair, fishing, playing snooker, and really enjoyed hunting. Jake was of the Church of Christ faith.

He is preceded in death by his parents; his loving wife, Myrna Ralls; and one sister, Odessa Risner.

Jake is survived by one son, Stacey James Ralls of Guy, Arkansas; one daughter, Fina Carole Ralls of Mena; one granddaughter, Megan Marie Ralls of Guy, Arkansas; three nephews, two nieces, and a host of extended family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made to the National Elks Foundation at

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, September 12, 2019, at 1:00 P.M. at the Bowser Family Funeral Home Chapel in Mena, Arkansas followed by a brief graveside service at Athens Cemetery in Athens, Arkansas. A visitation will be held on Wednesday, September 11, 2019, from 6-8:00 P.M. at Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena.

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