Raymond Vega, age 85, of Russellville, passed away Friday, April 29, 2022, at Springs of Batesville Nursing and Rehab Center. He was born June 24, 1936, in LaVilla, Texas, to the late Samuel and Elida Fernandez Vega.
Raymond’s great joy was boxing. He was a professional boxer from 1959-1973, and he coached at the Memphis Boys Club, as well as trained kids in the River Valley. Raymond was a Golden Gloves Boxer in the mid 1950’s and was the 1959 Mid-South Golden Gloves Champion!
He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Lisa Vega; and a sister, Mary Lou Vega.
Survivors include his wife, Junior Bailey Vega of Russellville; four children, Raymond Vega Jr. (Becky) of West Memphis, Pete Vega of Pottsville, Phillip Vega (Chrystal) of Dardanelle, and MaryAnne Chronister (David) of Russellville; 11 siblings, Lilia Mobley Keizer of Arkansas, Benita Sides of Selmer, Texas, Beatriz Meyers of Lakeland, Texas, Samuel Vega (Kathy) of Springfield, Mo., Romeo Vega (Barbara) of Rogersville, Mo., Felix Vega (Margie) of West Memphis, Jesus Vega (Delphia) of Ozark, Mo., Elida Kirtley (Billy) of Earle, Fairley Vega (Joann) of West Memphis, Jimmy Vega (Carol) of West Plains, Mo., Olivia Vega of West Memphis; 12 grandchildren, Bailey Vega, Natalie Wring, Max Chronister, McKinzie Chronister, Malachi Vega, Justus Vega, Drew Vega, Creed Vega, Kaylynne Pitts, Eric Vega, Matt McGee, Christy Moore; and six great-grandchildren, Avery Wring, Tristin Christensen, Melody Vega, Brock McGee, Cloe Moore and Layden Moore.
Memorial services will be held at 2 pm on Saturday, May 14, at St. John Catholic Church in Russellville.
In lieu of flowers at the memorial service, donations can be made to St. John Catholic School Tuition Fund by going to school.sjccr.org and or St. Michael’s Catholic School Tuition Fund stmichaelwm.com.
Arrangements by Cornwell Funeral Home and River Valley Cremations in Dardanelle.
Online guestbook and condolences available at www.cornwellfuneralhomes.com.
Published by The Courier on May 7, 2022.