Raymond Clifford Quillian

July 22, 1945May 14, 2017

Raymond Clifford Quillian, 71, of Columbus, Georgia passed away on Sunday, May 14, 2017. Mr. Quillian was born July 22, 1945 in Charleston, South Carolina to the late Raymond William Quillian and Mary Baker Quillian. He graduated High School in Spartanburg, S.C. 1964. Then, while attending college in Mississippi, he was beset by the first of disabilities that would challenge him for the remainder of his life. Overcoming some very unpleasant hardships, he met those challenges with optimism and faith, a wide-ranging love of knowledge, and a completely genuine, open and accepting personality that endeared him to everyone he interacted with. Raymond was well known in Columbus as a long-time Chess enthusiast who played at a very high level for decades, and participated in Chess clubs and tournament play around Columbus, Fort Benning, and in Atlanta, making uncounted friends in all places. He was involved with church and Salvation Army activities for as long as he was physically able. He is survived by his brother, Richard Quillian of Alpharetta, Georgia, his family, wife Kate and their three children, Robert, Erik, and Katherine, as well as extended family who grew to love and appreciate his company and unique perspectives, and enthusiam. A private memorial service will be held at Striffler-Hamby 4071 Macon Road Columbus, GA. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to; The Salvation Army, or Church or charity of your choice. In memory of Raymond Clifford Quillian. Online condolences may be offered at Arrangements under the direction of Striffler-Hamby Mortuary, Columbus, GA.


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Michael Hollifield

January 20, 2018

I left Columbus some years ago and my visits there now are relatively infrequent so I was very saddened at belatedly learning of Ray's passing. I first met Ray in 1971 when I ventured to a chess club meeting downtown and soon found myself being thrashed by Ray. As I became a tournament player of moderate skill and defeated better players one thing which did not change was my perpetual string of losses to him. Another thing which didn't change was my great respect for this fine person and good friend. He struggled heroically with his problems which would have bowed many people and did so with no complaint. Ray loved to discuss philosophy, the subject I teach, and did so with intelligence and originality that I rarely see from those who haven't formally studied the discipline. Though I saw him less frequently in recent years he was often in my thoughts and it was a privilege to have known him and to be counted as one of his friends. He will be missed by all who knew him.

Bobby Benefield

May 18, 2017

Ray was a caring friend to my aunt and uncle, Joe and Mary Williams, who lived close to him on Rosemont Dr. He had meals with them, sat down and talked with them many times and they were very fond of him. They admired his faith, intellect, and most of all appreciated his company and his caring, respectful ways.
Ray was a special gift on this earth, and we can look forward to meeting him again in the earth made new. Prayers for the family.