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Tyler Gray-Stoker

Tyler Gray-Stoker, born Peggy Sue Gray, who later legally changed her name to Tyler Gray, then after marrying John Stoker, again changed it to Tyler Gray-Stoker, has passed away. Tyler was born to Ted Marvin Gray and June Kathleen Gray. She had two older sisters Kathy Gray Watson, and Terry Gray Morrison.

Tyler wrote her own obituary, so she claims to have passed at the startling young age of 29 and demanded no questions be asked! Tyler was married to John Arthur Stoker, and they had one son, Cole Gray Stoker, who was Tylers greatest pride and joy, she also loved her and adored her cat, Ziggy.

Tyler grew up in the small town of Hatfield, Arkansas, and graduated from the University of Central Arkansas in Conway, Arkansas, with an MBA degree. She spent approximately 20 years in marketing, public relations, and sales management in the pharmaceutical/healthcare field.

After college, she first lived in Little Rock, Arkansas before moving to the north Dallas, Texas, area. When she married, Tyler and her family first lived in McKinney, Texas. After her son was born, she became a full-time mom and worked part-time as a day trader for a few years. Later, she and her family moved back to Arkansas. First, they lived in the Hot Springs Village, where they owned a second home, then they moved to the Bryant area. There, they started a small business while their son Cole attended Benton Jr. and High School.

Tyler always lived life by her own rules. She lived through both the very best and the very worst of times. She was known for her love of R&B and hip-hop music, dancing, her love of animals, and her competitive (and hard-headed) nature.

Tyler’s original plan was to be cremated, ensuring she’d leave this world with a “hot body”, but later changed her mind for a final resting place in her hometown.

Graveside service will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 21, 2023, at Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Hatfield, Arkansas, with Jaime Lee to officiate. Services are entrusted to Beasley Wood Funeral Home.

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