William E. Ray

November 21, 2008



AULANDER – William Edward ‘Bud’ Ray, 76, of the 100 block of Pine Lane, died Friday, November 21, 2008.

Mr. Ray was a native of Hertford County and a member of Ahoskie Free Will Baptist Church. He was an Army veteran of the Korean Conflict and was retired as a fireman and former Fire Captain for Ahoskie Fire Department, after 27 years of service.

Left to cherish his memory is a daughter, Marsha R. Perry of Colerain, NC; his sons, Ricky Edward Ray of Gates, NC, William Anthony ‘Tony’ Ray of Kelford, NC; and Randy Woodson Ray of Conway, NC; a sister, Virginia Sumner of Ahoskie, NC; and two brothers, Charles Ray and Horace Ray, both of Ahoskie. He is also survived by 13 grandchildren and one great grandchild.

A celebration of Mr. Ray’s life will be conducted at Ahoskie Free Will Baptist Church on Wednesday, November 26, 2008, at 2:00 p.m. with the Rev. Philip Tipton officiating. Burial will follow in Job Cemetery. The family will receive friends at Garrett Funeral Home from 7:00 until 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, and other times at the home. Memorial donations may be made to Ahoskie Free Will Baptist Church, Gym Fund, 500 Kiwanis Street, Ahoskie, NC, 27910.

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Donald Shores
15 years ago

Bud Ray will be remembered by me and my wife, Brandi. Since Bud’s wife, Diana passed on early in the spring of 2008, my sweet wife Brandi and I have been talking with him to cheer him up. Bud was our next door neighbor and he has been very lonely and missed his sweet wife of many years. Now, he has gone to his beautiful home in the sky to meet with his wife Diana. To all the children and grandchildren and great-grandchild, we will remember you all in our prayers. If there is anything we can do or help out in any way, please let us know. God Bless you all.