Raymond Eli Tomlin

Absent from the body is to be present with the Lord through his faith in Jesus Christ. On Nov. 3, 2012, in Fort Smith, Ark., surrounded by his loving family, Raymond Eli Tomlin went to be with his Lord and Savior. He was born June 7, 1935, in Sacramento, Calif., to Lewis and Orthel (Brown) Tomlin. Raymond, 77, of Keota was a retired carpenter and rancher. He enjoyed restoring antique cars and spoiling his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He is survived by four daughters, Martha Real and husband, Joe, of Panama, Thelma Alford and husband, Eugene, of Stigler, Sarah Tomlin and husband, Shawn Schwarzbach, of Margate, Fla., Jennifer Dees and husband, John, of Tucker; one son, Neal Tomlin and wife, Debbie, of Keota; one sister, Mildred Bergman and husband, Wayne, of Fort Smith; eight grandchildren, Larrisa Alford, Samanatha and Jeanisa Real, Daniel and Micheal Tomlin, Daryan and Kaleb “Tater” Heffner and Felicity Dees; five great-grandchildren, Danielle “D-Ray,” Joshua Tomlin, Remington, Peyton and Paisley Tomlin.He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Jeraldine and his only brother, Johnney.Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, at First Baptist Church in Keota with the Revs. Harold McConnell and Mike Newberry officiating. Burial will be in Old Cache Cemetery under the direction of the Mallory-Martin Funeral Home of Spiro. Viewing will be in Keota Mallory-Martin Funeral Home with family visitation at 6 p.m. Tuesday.Raymond’s’s online guestbook is available at www.mallorymartinfuneralhome.com.