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Moore Funeral Home & Moore Memorial Gardens

1219 North Davis Drive, Arlington, TX

OBITUARY

Roger Fravel Ray

December 8, 1947June 24, 2020
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Roger Fravel Ray, 72, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Wednesday, June 24, 2020. Service: 2 p.m. Tuesday at Moore Funeral Home, 1219 N. Davis, Arlington, 76012. Due to limited seating, the service will be streamed live on Facebook. Interment: Moore Memorial Gardens. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Moore Funeral Home. Memorials: In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Department of Mathematics at the University of Texas at Austin. Roger was born December 8, 1947 in Fort Worth to W.C. and Kay Ray and graduated from Castleberry High School in 1965. He met his wife of 43 years while attending The University of Texas at Arlington where he was a charter member of the school's Delta Upsilon fraternity chapter. He earned his Masters degree in Mathematics at University of Texas at Austin, enjoying lifelong pride as a Texas Longhorn. He settled in Arlington to raise a family while achieving a hard-earned designation as an Associate of the Society of Actuaries. His successful career with the Watson Wyatt Company in Dallas lasted 28 years, but he always balanced life and work by adamantly making time for his wife and two boys at home. He loved coaching his sons’ baseball teams and rarely missed a game or practice. Roger was an avid reader with a voluminous library. He enjoyed playing guitar and appreciated a wide range of art and music. During retirement he loved traveling and spending time with his boys and grandchildren. So rewarding to him was teaching that he donated much of this time to tutoring college students in math. Roger was considered by so many a genuine and enlightening spirit with whom to discuss any topic. He was both an interested student and a patient teacher of the sciences and humanities. With his passing we shall all share in celebrating this legacy of kindness, generosity, love, honesty, and lifelong devotion to learning and teaching. Roger was preceded in death by his parents, W.C. and Kay Ray; and grandson, Owen Ray.

Survivors: wife of 43 years, Marge Johnson Ray; sons, Lance Ray and wife, Dani, and Derek Ray and wife, Amy; grandchildren, Patrick, Hannah, and Jack Ray, and Chris, Sutton, and Luke; brother, Randy Ray and wife, Victoria; sister, Robin Gamez and husband, Gilbert; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family and friends.

  • PALLBEARERS

  • Lance Ray
  • Derek Ray
  • Randy Ray
  • Sam Dick
  • Mauri Rawlings
  • Gilbert "Beto" Gamez

Services

  • Visitation

    Monday, June 29, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Tuesday, June 30, 2020

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  • Committal Service

    Tuesday, June 30, 2020

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April Pinales

July 5, 2020

I worked at The Wyatt Company with Roger. I worked as a Secretary there for 15 years and loved my job. Roger was an exemplary Actuary, businessman and always was upbeat not only with his attitude but his winning smile that could turn anyone’s day into a better one. I was really sad to hear that he passed away. I offer my deepest sympathy and regrets to all of his loved ones. I have no doubt that he is with his Savior. Praying for comfort for all of you for such a deep loss.

Kathy McRee

July 4, 2020

Marge, Robert and I loved and admired Roger so much and could not believe the news that he was gone. Just today at lunch I mentioned Roger to Robert and how special a person he was. With him on my mind, I looked on the internet for any new pictures of him and you and the family...but sadly, found he had passed away just days before. You and your boys are in our hearts and prayers. What a privilege to have known him...he was the most special of men. God bless.

Sue Frank Jones

July 3, 2020

My heart is saddened by the loss of Roger. I have happy memories from childhood and teen years... lots of laughs & fun experiences! We were part of an active and involved church youth group.
What a super group of people whose friendships I treasure! Our families were friends so I was fortunate to cross paths with Roger through the years! I’ll miss those warm & smiling hugs!
Prayers & hugs to Marge, Lance, Derek, Randy, & Robin... and ALL the Ray family! He was definitely “a good one”!!!
❤️Sue

Barry Johnson

July 2, 2020

Marge,
Since I was not able to attend Roger's service, Barbara and I viewed the live stream. It was so honoring to Roger. Lance and Derek, whom I was hoping to meet, provided a wonderful glimpse of their Dad as a man, a coach, a father, a friend, and a loving husband to their Mother. I know you must be proud of your and Roger's sons...they both honored their Dad well.
Barry Johnson

Sherry Levisee, Eaton

June 30, 2020

Rogers family and mine were close friends
Growing up they sang together on several
Occasions and socialized.
I have so many wonderful memories of
Those days. Roger always had a smile on his face and a kind word for everyone.
He was a very special friend and he will be
missed !
So sorry for your loss❤️🙏🏽

Sharon Levisee (Eaton)

June 29, 2020

Our parents were friends and we had lots
Of time spent at each other’s homes. We
We’re friends and both went to Jr. & Sr
High school. He was a good friend and very kind. He always had a smile on his face and was friends to everyone.
Lots of great memories, he will be greatly
Missed. Sharon Levisee Eaton😢

Robby Whites

June 29, 2020

I had the privilege to play baseball with Lance in junior high and high school. It was during countless practices, games and tournaments I became friends with Roger and Marge. We hung out at their home in Arlington together, played at their lake house together and I'm sure we gave Roger and Marge more than their fair share of headaches with our high school shenanigans!

Roger made me feel like I was his best friend. When I think of him, I remember his radiant smile and kindness in every interaction I had with that great man. I'm grateful for the memories and for the example of love and kindness that he left for me. His example is one I hope to emulate and one I'm incredibly grateful for in my life.

Greg and Debra Alumbaugh

June 28, 2020

Roger was the real deal. Although we only knew him from being his next door neighbor at the lake, we always knew he was special. He and Marge have always been so kind. The boys and their families became precious and we watched them grow through the years. Our hearts are broken for Marge and the boys because Roger was so special. He was good, kind and a great person. May our God give peace to the family and may Roger rest in eternal peace with our Father. ❤️

Andy Hibbitts

June 28, 2020

Proud to have known Roger !

Linda Catterton

June 28, 2020

There is no other like Roger, such a loving and caring person. Life will not be the same without him. Always a kind word, always positive in every situation. So loved by all. Words cannot express my sorrow for your loss nor can I imagine the sadness you feel. Glad I get to be a small part of the Ray family, you are the best, love you all so much.