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McLaurin Funeral Home & Pinecrest Memorial Park

12830 Us 70 Business Hwy W, Clayton, NC

OBITUARY

William Ray Stephenson

August 7, 1943November 29, 2019
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William Ray Stephenson, 76, of Raleigh passed away on November 29 at his home after a brave fight against prostate cancer.

Ray was born in Portsmouth, VA on August 7, 1943. He grew up in Harnett County and graduated from Angier High School. After attending Campbell University, he began a 32 year career with Southern Bell Communications. His work ethic brought him up from a lineman through the ranks of the phone company retiring in a supervisory role. Ray served as Vice President of the local CWA. He continued to work in telecommunications off and on for decades. Ray founded W R Stephenson Inc. and developed Arbor Ridge on a tract of land on Cowee Mountain, Jackson County NC. He was an outdoorsman who was always at home in the mountains. Ray had a great respect and understanding of animals. There was always a dog by his side. He was not comfortable being idle and there was always a project in the works or something being worked on. He enjoyed Bluegrass music, watching Westerns and learning about the history of World War II. He was active in precinct and county politics. Ray lived most of his life in Wake County where he raised his family. He is survived by his wife Kristine Flynn and his children: son Andy and wife Lisa of Asheville; daughter Amy and fiancé Darryl Ragan of Clayton; son Ashley and wife Shanan of Wilmington; stepson Garrett Ramsey of Raleigh. Also, his grandchildren Andrea Stephenson, Michael Cobb, Wesley and Alyssa Langdon and siblings Luther Guy Stephenson Jr and Levonda Clouse. He was predeceased by his parents: Luther Guy and Zelma (Mangum) and his children's mother Mary Lois (Lee). His family is thankful to the doctors and nurses at Duke Cancer Center Cary and to Gloria and those at Transitions Hospice Care for their excellent care. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Transitions Hospice Care.

  • FAMILY

  • Kristine Flynn, Wife
  • Andy Ray Stephenson, Son
  • Ashley Stephenson, Son
  • Amy Langdon, Daughter
  • Lisa Stephenson, Daughter-in-law
  • Shanan Stephenson, Daughter-in-law
  • Darryl Ragan, Son-in-law
  • Luther Guy Stephenson, Brother
  • Levonda Clouse, Sister
  • Andrea Stephenson, Grandchild
  • Wesley Langdon, Grandchild
  • Alyssa Langdon, Grandchild

Services

  • Visitation Monday, December 2, 2019

Memories

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Marlene Hontz

December 2, 2019

My deepest sympathy to the family for your loss. I worked with Ray in the '90s and remember him as a caring and kind man.

Dorothea Donahue

December 1, 2019

Beautiful picture of Ray and Kris on Christmas Eve 2010.

Mamie Johnson Hughes

December 1, 2019

I was classmate of Ray at Angier High School class of 1961. Always enjoyed see him at our class reunions. He was always courteous and kind to everyone. My prayers to his family. Mamie Johnson Hughes.

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