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Bobby Ray Tedder

Bobby Ray Tedder, age 69, of Mena, went to be home with his Lord on Sunday, January 31, 2021.

He was born on December 24, 1951, in Nashville, the son of Bobby Jack Tedder and Erma Faye Mack Tedder.  On June 4, 1971, he married Rose Etta Collier Tedder.  He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Jeff Tedder; his sister, Sherry McNeill; and his brother-in-law, Jim Collier.

Bobby was a 1969 graduate of Kirby High School and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Business from Henderson State University.  In 1976, he and his family moved to Mena to help in the family business which started his career in the timber industry.  He would work with his brothers, Joe and Jeff in logging, fence post and pole milling and grading timber.  Bobby was a lifelong member of the Pleasant Grove Primitive Baptist Church at Kirby, but faithfully attended Dallas Avenue Baptist Church in Mena where he served as a greeter and usher.  He adored spending time with his family, especially driving with Rose admiring God’s creation, playing with his sweet grandbabies, checking his cattle and petting his donkeys.  He also enjoyed Lake Greeson with family and friends as they spent time fishing, water skiing and swimming.

He is survived by his wife, Rose Etta Tedder of Mena; his son and daughter-in-law, Bobby James “BJ” and Joanna Tedder of Hot Springs; his daughter, Dr. Belinda Tedder, DVM, of Mena; five grandchildren, Grace, Natalie, Jack, Emma and Stetson; one brother and three sisters-in-law, Joe and Gail Tedder of Madisonville, Texas, Diane Tedder Philpot of Mena and Linda Collier of North Little Rock; his brother-in-law, Benny Collier of Royal; several nieces, nephews and cousins; and many wonderful friends.

Services will be held at 3:00 PM, Wednesday, February 3, 2021, in the Davis-Smith Funeral Home Chapel, Glenwood, with Bro. Jerry Strasner and Bro. Justin Leonard officiating.

Visitation will be Tuesday, 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM, at the funeral home.

Social distancing directives will be in place with 66% capacity in chapel, social distancing observed and face covering must be worn.

Interment will be in Mount Joy Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Chris Tedder, Greg Tedder, Larry Joe Mack, Jason Collier, Lessel Collier, Tim Collier, Joel Tedder and Dusty Tedder.

Memorials may be made to the Mount Joy Cemetery Association, 3791 Highway 70 West, Kirby, Arkansas 71950.

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