Tommy Barrett Ray

April 9, 1940January 8, 2019

Tommy Barrett Ray, 78, of Charlottesville, passed away on January 8, 2019.

Tommy was born on April 9, 1940, in Charlottesville, Va., to Alma Barnett Ray and Gentry Franklin Ray. He worked at UVA's Printing Services for 51 years. Tommy was an avid gardener, who raised and sold various produce. He also loved the mountains, and enjoyed cutting firewood for friends and family. Tommy liked taking fishing trips with his brother Paul on the Rappahannock River.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Gentry and Russell; and two sisters, Beulah and Emily.

Tommy is survived by his wife of 56 years, Barbara Ray; daughter, Dana Golder; brother, Paul Ray; sister, Ethel Keckley, and numerous nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held on Friday, January 11, 2019, at 2 p.m., at Mooreland Baptist Church Cemetery. Pastor Clay Marsh will be officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, or a charity of your choice.


  • In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, or a charity of your choice.


  • Graveside Service Friday, January 11, 2019

Tommy Barrett Ray

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Greg Koons

February 17, 2019

My sincere condolences to family and friends. Tommy was a mentor and friend to me on several hunting trips since 1987. Tommy and Barbra shared their home and and time to make sure that every minute was enjoyable. I learned a great deal about the mountains and whitetail hunting from Tommy. He will be greatly missed on earth but the memories will be cherished as Tommy walks through the rivers and mountains of heaven waiting to mentor me again someday!

Wendy Seay

January 11, 2019

Dear Barbara and family,
I was so sad to hear that Tommy passed. He was such a sweet man. I so enjoyed learning about our new neighborhood from him when we moved here 7 years ago. Walking down our hill to his vegetable stand was one of the joys of Summer. I do missed it when it needed to be closed. He created such lovely memories for so many.
Your neighbors,
Wendy and Nick Seay

Wanda Peterson

January 10, 2019

Barbara, some of my fond memories as a child was living next door to you and Tommy. He was a loving man. As an adult we enjoyed stopping by the fruit stand and buying vegetables but most of all chatting. I know my father and mother (Melvin Toms and Barbara Toms Butler Lawson) were fond of you both.

Wanda Toms Peterson

Albemarle High School Alumni Association High School Alumni Association

January 10, 2019

The members and supporters of the Albemarle High School Alumni Association were very sorry to hear about Mr. Ray’s passing. It is always sad to lose a member of the Albemarle family, and we offer our condolences to his family and friends.

Barbara Vaughan

January 10, 2019

Barbara and Family,
I'm so sorry to hear of Tommy's passing. He was a joy to work with at Printing & Copying Services, and he's been missed there since he retired. He was a funny, good, and kind soul and is remembered fondly.
Barbara V.