Ray Steinmetz

December 22, 1965April 29, 2021
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Raymond James Steinmetz, 55, of Ooltewah, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, April 29, 2021.

Ray was an avid Ohio State Fan. He was born at Columbus Hospital on the campus of “The” Ohio State University. His family moved to the Chattanooga area when he was six years old. He was a graduate of Central High School Class of 1984 and a member of Chamberlain Memorial Baptist Church. He previously worked at Belvoir Christian Academy and was currently employed as a TSA officer at Chattanooga Metro Airport since 2001. His hobbies included family vacations, football, fishing and especially his wife, children, and grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles William Steinmetz, Jr. and Barbara Joann Steinmetz.

Surviving are his wife of 34 years, Belinda Davis Steinmetz; children, Taylor (Nick) Watts and children Eliza and Gentry, Allyson (Nathan) Barbee and children Emerson and Finley, Jamie Steinmetz, and Aaron (Sarah) Steinmetz and children Benjamin, Elijah and Madelynn; sister, Charla (David) Haas; brother, Charles (Mary Ann Zwicknagel) William Steinmetz, III; and father and mother in-law, Charles C. (Linda Bacon) Grant; as well as many beloved aunts, cousins, nieces, nephews, one great nephew, and extended family and friends.

Special thanks to his fellow TSA family who carried a special place in his heart.

The family will receive friends from 4 to 8 PM on Sunday, May 2nd at the funeral home. Funeral Services will be at 11 AM on Monday, May 3rd at the funeral home with Rev. Larry Frick officiating. Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Central High School Athletic Department through the family.

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We respectfully request that "social distancing", wearing masks, and all CDC measures be adhered to at the funeral home.


  • Visitation

    Sunday, May 2, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Monday, May 3, 2021


  • Funeral Service

    Monday, May 3, 2021


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Shani Hedden Palmer

May 5, 2021

Ray was a joy to know and to work with when I was working for the airlines. My heart goes out to his family and friends. He will never be forgotten. His kindness, humor, dedication, and excellence at his job were always so appreciated by all of us. I will keep you all in my prayers.

Gina Brooks

May 4, 2021

I have such precious memories of Ray! He will always have a place in my heart. Prayers to his wife and family during this difficult time.

Melissa Gann Braswell

May 3, 2021

The CHS girls of 85 : Melissa Gann Braswell
Jamie Duggan Brock
Deonne Henley Taylor
Kim Harper Maxwell
Terri Lowery Lowe
Stacey Clements Mills
Pam Pruett McBryar
Tuesday Reese Bradley
Wendy Brown Lowe
Belinda and family - we are so saddened to hear about our sweet friend Ray. He was a good friend to everyone. We will miss him.
We have made a donation to the Central High School athletic -Connie Hay Spirit of Central Scholarship in memory of Ray Steinmetz.

Penny Wright

May 3, 2021

Know you were loved by many. Rest easy my dear Cousin.
Charla Jo and Charlie and families, I am sadden with Raymond’s passing. My heart is broken and with you both and his family as well.
Love Penny

Glenda Achata

May 3, 2021

Sorry for your loss. Ray was a good friend and co-worker. Remember it is not what we take with us but what we leave behind. Ray left behind so much kindness and love. He will be forever in our hearts.

Susan Coulliette

May 3, 2021

I enjoyed working with Ray at BCA. He was kind but firm with the children. I hadn't seen him for some time but recently saw him at the airport twice in the last two weeks. The second was on the 28th with a wave and "have a good trip, Sue" . My heart breaks for the family. Continued prayers for the family.

Gail ( Kerry's mom) Browm

May 2, 2021

I had met Ray at BELVOIR CHRISTIAN ACCADEMY where kerry works. He was such a nice man, kerry said he reminded her of her dad, Jim died 14 yrs ago and to say someone was like her dad was saying so very much. Belinda I know how you feel . Walking through this will be one of the hardest things you'll ever do. Jim and I had been married 34 yrs also. I love Jamie so much and am so sorry for all of you. Stand close to your kids , grandkids and mostly God they will help you more than you can believe. I wouldnt be here today if it wasn't for kerry and her boys. Prayers, love and hugs I'm here if you want to talk. Give yourself all the time to grieve.

Max and Darletta Steinmetz

May 1, 2021

Our hearts are extended to Belinda and the kids, other family members and friends...

Max and I share our love to all at this time as Ray was not only family but a friend.

We have shared many family memories through the years and he will be missed....

May he remain at peace.

Don Long

May 1, 2021

Belinda and family, we are so saddened to hear of Ray's death. We remember you and Ray and your faithfulness to the Lord and the church at CMBC. We pray that God will comfort you and strengthen you and your family.
With love and prayers.
Don and Nora Long

Eunice Hinton-Leftwich

May 1, 2021

so sorry for your lost! I went to middle school and High school with Ray. He was a wonderful Person!! He met no strangers. He had a great Heart. It make me sad, all the terrible people in the world and a great person like Ray pass away. gone but never forgotten!! Rest in ☮️🕊️ peace my friend,Rest in peace!!Eunice Hinton Leftwich Class of 84