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Morgan Funeral Chapel & Crematory

625 Gilbert Ferry Rd Se, Attalla, AL

OBITUARY

Ray Walker Forrester

Passed away on October 25, 2019

Ray Walker Forrester Sr. was born March 23, 1951 in Alachua County Florida and passed on October 25, 2019 at the age of 68.

Ray grew up in High Springs Florida where he attended Santa Fe High graduating class of 1970. He obtained his Bachelor of Science in Broadcasting from the University of Florida in 1975 which led to the founding of his radio station WYOC. He took part in the family business "Jim Douglas Chevrolet" and was a devoted member of the Church of Christ.

Ray (W4YTC) retired to live in Rainbow City Alabama where he took great joy in being involved with Gadsden Amateur Radio and served as DEC for District F. In his spare time he also worked part time with Gadsden Parks and Recreation.

Preceding him in death are his parents Baxter and Mary Lois Forrester; brother Bill Forrester; daughter Carrie Davis. He is survived by his loving Wife Dian Forrester; daughter Revenna Mason; sons Ray Forrester Jr.(Tiffany), Paul "Nick" Davis (Ann), Andrew Davis; grandchildren Victoria Mason, Nora, Charlotte, Walker, Lochlan Forrester, Sydnie, Michaela, Paul "Trey" Davis, Emma and Chloe Davis; brother Jim Forrester (Martha); sister-in-law Brenda Forrester and Brenda Bowling; sister Mary Gay (Stacie) and a host of nephews and nieces.

A Memorial Service will be held on October 29, 2019 at 11:00 am at Gadsden Church of Christ (Piedmont Cutoff). Brother Chris Gallagher officiating. Morgan Funeral Chapel announcing.

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Jane Myers

November 1, 2019

Ray was a dear friend of my brother David, and although I only had the pleasure to meet him a few times, David always talked about what a kind, warm and generous man he was. Rest well Ray! A life well lived! My deepest sympathies to his family.

Lamar Wildes

October 30, 2019

I first met "Big Ray" as a first or second grader when I would visit my cousin, Kenneth "Bo" Johns in High Springs during the summer. and we became fast friends from that point on....right on through Broadcasting classes at UF! Even then, he shared his goal of owning his own radio station in High Springs. Some years later, my wife , young family and I relocated to High Springs from Jacksonville, and Ray sought me out, restarting our friendship, lasting to this day. Our children became close friends with his two children, Revenna and Ray, Jr....since we only lived 4 houses apart!!

Some years later, Ray attained that lifelong goal of his own radio station, WKAE-FM(later WYOC?), and he would good naturely badger me to come to work for him....I always turned him down, protesting that he'd never pay me enough!! This station was not only Ray's "baby", but a source of pride for the whole of Alachua County!

Upon re-marrying and re-locating to North Alabama, he continued in the "radio business" through his ham radio hobby, making many new friends along the way! I didn't see Ray nearly often enough after he moved, but our friendship was always there!

In closing, and trying to find the right words, I feel that the best way to describe Ray is the word "genuine"!! He enjoyed life, a good laugh, and a good meal....and, literally would have given you his last dollar if you were in need! He had compassion to all that he met, and he loved his Lord and his family.....Truly, my regret is that distance kept us being as close as we were before, but if I had ever needed him, Ray would have been there.

My condolences are with his family and other friends, and indeed, my life was enriched by having known him. So long for now, "Big Ray".....will be looking for you on that day when I get to the other side!!

Buddy Irby

October 29, 2019

Ray was a great friend and teammate at Santa Fe High. He was always volunteering and doing good. His passing saddens me and he will be missed by so many. Our thoughts are with his family and friends. Buddy Irby

Peggy Jo Rupe-Tate

October 29, 2019

I always always remember Ray for his laughter and joy. He was a hoot in the band room. He liked to be involved and helping. He will be greatly missed.

Barbara Thompson

October 29, 2019

Ray and I were friends throughout childhood til our graduation in 1970 from SFHS. We grew up together in the High Springs Church of Christ. Ray had a warm heart, always cared for others. I loved making brownies for him , and he enjoyed eating them. We had reconnected via Facebook after years apart. He was a loving, kind, generous soul. RIP my friend, Til we meet again...

Brenda Forrester

October 29, 2019

Ray was a wonderful brother-in-law and I will always cherish our relationship. He will be missed!

David Godwin

October 29, 2019

I met Ray in 1984 while attending the University of Florida. He had recently started a new FM station in High Springs and needed someone to help him finish setting up the station equipment. We quickly hit it off and I ended up working for him for the next three years.

In March of 1986, Ray conspired with his office manager Sheila to arrange for his beautiful new saleswoman Joan to just happen to be at the office during one of my rare daytime visits (I usually had to work on the equipment at night). Well, Ray’s hunch worked out and he officiated our marriage ceremony four years later.

When Joan lost her untimely battle with cancer two and a half years ago, Ray delivered a beautiful memorial speech at her funeral and reminded us that, even with its unexpected tragedies, the wonderment of life should be treasured every day and we are all made better by bright souls who give so much to others.

Ray was exactly that kind of person. He was smart, kind, generous, thoughtful, a fantastic boss, and I will miss him greatly. Rest well my friend, yours was a life well-lived.

David Godwin and family

Carol Smith

October 28, 2019

I remember Revenna’s dad fondly. His kindness, smile and laughter. Sending love and strength to all.
Carol

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FROM THE FAMILY