James Ray Hatley, 72, of Douglassville, Texas, died Monday, Oct. 16, 2017, in a Texarkana, Texas hospital. Mr. Hatley was born Dec. 14, 1944, in Atlanta.
Survivors include A very close friend, Dorothy Wells; three daughters, Linda (Shawn) Young of Atlanta and Carolyn Hatley and Tina Hatley of Fresno, Calif.; six sons, Tyrone (Veronica) Tatum of Texarkana, Kenneth(Betty) Hatley, Ardis Hatley and Edward Lawson of Fresno, Roy (Sametra) Wells of Carthage, Texas, and Rodney (Letizia) Wells of Atlanta; two sisters, Sandra (Harvey) King and Debra Williamson of Texarkana; four brothers, Jesse (Odessa) Hatley of Dallas and Lawrence (Pat) Hatley, Kenneth (Alice) Richardson and Dale Williamson of Texarkana; 34 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; and a number of other relatives.
Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Gum Springs CME Church, Douglassville, with Superintendent Greggory Hatley officiating. Burial will be in Gum Springs Cemetery under direction of Coleman-Atlanta Funeral Home. The body may be viewed noon to 5 p.m. today at the funeral home.