Curtis Ray Been

November 29, 1946May 15, 2018

Curtis Ray Been, born November 29, 1946, passed away on May 15, 2018 at the age of 71.

Ray was born in Abilene, TX and grew up in Grand Prairie, TX. He graduated from Dallas Baptist University and went on to earn an MBA from Abilene Christian University.

In 1972, Ray went to work for Fina Oil and Chemical where he worked until his retirement in 2008. While there he served on many boards, chaired United Way and served in many capacities with Southwest Petroleum Credit Association and International Energy Credit Association.

In 1983, Ray married Owana, the love of his life. After raising their children in Grand Prairie, Ray’s job moved them to Spring. In 2009, they built their dream home in Bentwater, where Ray enjoyed playing golf as much as he wanted.

Ray spent the majority of his life as a member of First Baptist Church, Grand Prairie and later was a member of North Shore Church.

Preceded in death by son Christopher Snow, daughter-in-law Trisha Snow, granddaughter Carson Snow and parents Truett and Leta Been, Ray is survived by wife Owana Been, daughter and son-in-law Deana and Clark Wood, grandchildren Walker and Everly Ray Wood and Savannah and Ryder Snow, sister and brother-in-law Kay and Bob Robinson, and other loving relatives.

There will be a memorial service Thursday, May 17th at 1:00 pm at North Shore Church, 18501 FM 1097, Montgomery, TX, 77356.

In lieu of flowers, donations to Shriners Hospital for Children would be greatly appreciated. (


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Marlene Shinkle

July 2, 2018

Dear Owana, I go to church with Deana and Clark at Crossroads. You may remember me. I believe we met when she hosted a meeting of some sort. We were the table hosts at Everly’s Baby Dedication Dinner, and I was Deana’s Mentor Mom in MOPS before that. I just minutes ago learned that Curtis died as I read Deana’s FB post on this your anniversary. I am truly sorry to hear but I rejoice with you that he has gone home! I will be praying for you. Love in Christ, Marlene Shinkle

Mike Brittain

May 25, 2018

We are so sorry to hear of the loss of Ray. He was an integral part of the Southwest Petroleum Energy Credit Association for so long. During his term as President of the SWPECA (2000-2001, Santa Fe, NM) Ray led the way to bring the Retail and Payments risk managers to the association which ultimately made the organization national in scope and precipitated the name change to National Petroleum Energy Credit Association (NPECA). Ray was a strong and steady-handed leader. He was presented with Honorary Membership status in NPECA upon his retirement. We wish all the family well. Ray will be greatly missed. Mike Brittain, Executive Director, NPECA

Debbie Anderson

May 17, 2018

Owana, I was so sorry to hear about Ray. I have thought of him and you often. I have so many found memories of Ray as I worked with him at Total (Atofina). He taught me so much about credit and was a great mentor to me. I wish the best for you and your family as you deal with the loss of this very special person. My prayers will be with you during this challenging time. Peace be with you.

Debbie & Neil Anderson

Denny Winters

May 17, 2018

Owana-my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I cherish the memories of my high school days spent hanging out with Ray and our gang. I was so happy to reconnect with him after so many years. He was a great guy and will be missed.

Cydney Medford

May 16, 2018

Wana, I am so sorry to hear of Ray’s passing. I know you and your family will miss him terribly. My heart goes out to you all.