Joseph Ray Lemmon Jr.

August 10, 1947January 6, 2021

COLUMBIA - A graveside service for Joseph Ray Lemmon, Jr., 73, will be held at 3:00 p.m. Friday, January 15, 2021 in Greenlawn Memorial Park.

Mr. Lemmon died Wednesday, January 6, 2021. Born in Columbia, SC, he was a son of the late Joseph Ray Lemmon, Sr. and Nadine Magdalene Mims Lemmon. He graduated Dreher High School in 1967. Ray was a member of the SC National Guard, where he attained the rank of Captain. A former member and deacon of Rosewood Baptist Church, he was an active member of Riverland Hills Baptist Church.

Surviving are his daughter, Christie Lemmon of West Columbia, SC; grandson, Jacob Lemmon-Chavis of West Columbia, SC; brother, Monte Lemmon (Sara) of Columbia, SC; nephews, Todd Kennedy of Lake City, SC, Joey Lemmon (Michelle) of Eastover, and Andrew Lemmon of Columbia, SC; niece, Beth Smoak (David) of Summerville, SC; and numerous great nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his sister, Carolyn Kennedy.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Riverland Hills Baptist Church, 201 Lake Murray Blvd. Irmo, SC, 29063.

Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel, is assisting the family. Memories may be shared at


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Susan Lemmon

January 15, 2021

I just want to say that I was there for the service for Ray, this was a sweet, loving service! I was very impressed at the number of friends that were there and to the ones who spoke, it was evident that Ray was a meaningful part of your life!Ray was a kind man with a big heart, his loved ones should take comfort in knowing how loved and respected he was. May you Rest In Peace and may your family remember the time shared.

Rita & Bill Dixon

January 13, 2021

We were neighbors on 3rd floor at Harmony Retirement Facility with Ray. He was so helpful to everyone here. His 100 year old neighbor, Mabel Smolke sometimes needed meals brought to her and he volunteered. Audrey Deanhardt, another neighbor, couldn't go out to purchase items for a party here so Ray took care of the situation for her. There were many situations that he helped out. The wait-staff, Nyomi, Chanda, Adair & Kim loved him as he was so polite and always bragging on them.
Bill & I consider it a privilege to have known this Dear Man.
Rita Dixon

Roseanne Soltau

January 11, 2021

I met Ray at Coffee & Conversation. He was always in a pleasant mood and he smiled and laughed easily. I'll miss his smile. He was a very generous man. He brought Key Lime Pie and Key Lime Cheesecake to share with the group pretty regularly. I'll always be reminded of him every time Key Lime Pie is mentioned.
I always complimented him when he wore his colorful check shirts. He'd say ,"I wore this for you."
Ray will be missed . My thoughts and prayers go out to his family. Take comfort in knowing that he was loved by all who knew him.

Bonnie Myers

January 10, 2021

Ray, it was very nice to get to know you in the short time we were in C&C together. We shared nice conversations when you and my sister were in the same facilities. May you rest in peace. Bonnie Myers

Renee Baggett

January 10, 2021

It has been a pleasure to be a friend of Ray's at Riverland Hills Baptist Church. He will be truly missed.

Jim Pr

January 8, 2021

Ray, you'll be missed. The Dreher Class of 1966 is showing attrition. I remember fun times with you. Your temperament and humor always made for fun when around you. It is knowing that you have gone to Heaven will hopefully provide your family and friends with some comfort. I don't say Bye but I do say Till I see you again. Rest In Peace Ray.

Kathy Jones

January 7, 2021

Ray and I spoke to each other at least twice a week on the phone and I would tell him who was on our Sunday school's prayer list. He would call me sometimes if I hadn't called him yet. He was a very loving, kind, Godly man. When I had to go to his apartment for the first time, I found that he moved into the same apartment I was supposed to move into when I was transferred here back in 1996. What a small world it is, and how ironic things are in our lives! I will miss Ray and the friendship we had all these years. How nice to know such a wonderful person. I know he is with our Lord God in Heaven and enjoying it there, until we meet again.