Rev. Ray O'Ferrell

March 6, 1937December 4, 2019

Rev. Ray O’Ferrell age 82 of Salisbury, passed away on Wednesday, December 4, 2019 at Atrium Health – Main after a brief illness. Ray, as everyone knew him, was born on March 6, 1937 in Guilford County to the late Jesse O’Ferrell and Irma Ray O’Ferrell. His daughter, Betsy O’Ferrell, his grandson, Jesse Levi Cox and two brothers also preceded him in death. After graduation, Ray proudly served his country in the US Army. Prior to his becoming a minister, he spent time with his father as a beekeeper. He spent from 1968 to 2000 in the Ministry as a United Methodist pastor. Ray and Beth attended Grace United Methodist Church in Salisbury.

Ray was a kind and loving man who lived his life to serve the Lord and to help others. He never met a stranger and where there was a job to be done, he took the leadership role to get the task accomplished. He had a great love for the outdoors, loved gardening both flowers and vegetables, and was happiest chopping wood. Ray was an avid reader and was very well read on a wide variety of topics. He kept a “puzzle room” and always had a jigsaw puzzle in progress, completed it and started on the next. He had a tremendous love for his family and cherished every moment he spent with them.

Those left to cherish his memory are his loving wife of 61 years, Beth of the home; his son, David O’Ferrell (Kim) and daughters, Molly Shuffler, Paige Wellmon (Chris) and Amy Collins (Rusty). He also leaves behind twelve grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren along with his brother, Lawrence O’Ferrell.

Family visitation for Rev. O’Ferrell will be held on Sunday, December 22, 2019 at 2:00pm at First Baptist Church – China Grove with a Celebration of Life Service to follow at 3:00pm officiated by Rev. Steve Wilson and Rev. Jeff Insley. In lieu of flowers, kindly remember Ray with a memorial in his honor to Rowan Helping Ministries, 226 N. Long Street, Salisbury, NC 28144 or the National MS Society at Online condolences may be left for the family at Linn-Honeycutt Funeral Home is honored to be serving the family of Rev. O’Ferrell.


Rev. Ray O'Ferrell

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Shirley Haworth

December 21, 2019

Dear Beth,
I hold you and your family in the Light as you face the loss of Ray. Even though I did not know Ray well, you still have a special place in my memory. Your faith and the support of family and friends will see you through this loss. Please know that you will be in my prayers in the coming days.
Peace to you and to those you love,

Brenda Goodman

December 21, 2019

Ray was doing in his simple way what God wanted Him to do and he did just that!! Touched by you in so many ways, our private talks, words of wisdom. Gene and I enjoyed visits up in the Sparta mountains with Ray and Beth. Ray had a great love of nature and wasn’t afraid of hard work. Bringing back precious memories.

Jennifer Michael

December 20, 2019

Ray was my very first Pastor when I was in elementary school. I'll never forget the afternoon I accepted Christ sitting on the tailgate of his little pickup truck parked outside the back door at Rock Grove UMC. It took me twenty years to find another pastor that loves and motivates God's people the way Ray did. I've thought about him many times over the years. Such a great man! Prayers for his family!

Melissa Lookabill

December 20, 2019

From my FB post this evening:I think most Christians have that ONE special pastor who meant the world to them, changed their Christian walks significantly, or was simply that ever present little bit of God’s glory in their lives. The most influential pastor in my life is having a party with Jesus right now. Ray taught me that being a Christian didn’t mean living inside a box. It meant going outside my comfort zone, teaching Sunday School in an unconventional way, reaching out to those I’d otherwise never meet as I went about my ordinary day, examining my heart daily, and my favorite: dumping out my bucket of “faith beliefs”, many of which I learned as a child, examining each one by one, and putting them back in my bucket of faith ONLY if they could be proven by scripture so that my faith could hold water when questioned by others. Ray was simply the most humble, faith driven, Word-of-God-following, expectant-of-great-things-from-God pastor I’ve ever known.
When I was doing home health in Davie County, where he was pastoring two small churches, the parsonage was often my bathroom pit stop or grab a sandwich with a side of great conversation diner. When my parents had a home near Sparta, where Pastor Ray and Beth had retired for a spell, I’d often stop by to say hello when staying at the mountain house. When he and Beth lived near Faith, I’d sometimes find my car turning down the little dirt road and pulling into the driveway as if it knew I needed a Ray-fix.
He was there for me even after he was officially no longer my pastor. Truth be told, he was my life long pastor. It seemed no matter where I was in life, Ray would just pop up. Many times it was when I needed a listening ear the most. Of course, he always had Godly guidance to offer, guidance that often was given to me like a riddle and when pushing for the answer, I was told to pray and I’d figure it out. Come to think of it, I never could get a straight answer out of that man! (continued in next submission)

Lou Kasias

December 20, 2019

Dear Beth, Amy, and family,
I was so saddened to learn of Ray's death. I remember that when we first moved into our (then) new home, Ray offered one of the most beautiful blessings that I have ever heard. Each spring when my irises bloom, I think of Ray because he and I shared the love of these flowers.
I pray that God will be with you every day as He brings you His peace, comfort, strength, and healing.

With love,
Lou Ann

Nancy Younts

December 11, 2019

Beth, Terry & I, along with Mary Younts and our families, all send our sadness to hear of Ray's passing. He brought us through a rough time at Tabernacle UMC. Both you & he have been In our hearts ever since!
We have long enjoyed his birthday postcards and your annual updates of your family. may God keep you safe at this sad time and we hope all your family is holding up and are a comfort to you. Love, from Nancy Younts & clan.