Elzie Ray Vines, 83 of Paris passed away on September 23, 2013 in Charleston. He was born on June 19, 1930 in Sims to his parents, John Sterling and Bessie Francis (Summitt) Vines.
Ray was raised in a farming family in Oden and Sims Arkansas. Following his high school graduation, he served in the Korean War. He obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture from Oklahoma State University in 1955. Ray worked at a large dairy farm in Modesto, California until 1962 when he created Vines Vista Dairy in Logan County, Arkansas with his brother Lendel. Ray was instrumental in assisting the dairy industry in Logan County, he helped get milk testing implemented here in addition to being an excellent dairy cow judge. He operated the dairy and row-cropped until 1982 when he opened his own trucking operation. Ray loved his work and enjoyed visiting with his many friends.
Ray is preceded in death by his parents, John Sterling and Bessie Francis (Summitt) Vines; one sister, Lester Ila Vines; and two brothers, Eldon Vines and Rayburn Vines.
Ray is survived by his daughter, Linda Mitchell and husband Les of Paris; sons, Kenneth Vines and wife Lisa of Paris and Chism Vines of Paris; sister, Vivian Fletcher and husband Fred of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma; brother, Lendel Vines and wife Deanna of Van Buren; eleven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be held from 6:00-8:00 p.m., on Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at Roller Funeral Home Chapel in Paris
Funeral Service will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Thursday, September 26, 2013 at Roller Funeral Home Chapel in Paris officiated by Rev. Mike Smith. Burial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. at Lone Valley Church of God in Sims, Arkansas under the direction of Roller Funeral Home in Paris. Online guestbook at