×

Forest Lawn Funeral Home & Memorial Gardens

1150 South Dickerson Road, Goodlettsville, TN

OBITUARY

Virgil Ray

May 25, 1936July 29, 2020
Play Tribute Movie

age 84, passed away on July 29, 2020. He was born in Varney, Pike County, Kentucky to Enos and Elmay Ray who raised Virgil and his four brothers and one sister on Turkey Creek in the mountains of Eastern Kentucky. He graduated from Belfry High School where he met the love of his life, Barbara Smith whom he later married. From an early age Virgil had dreams of traveling and creating a better life for himself and his family. He began a career with American Credit Company which allowed him to move throughout the southeast opening new offices . While he was pursuing this path, he and Barbara started their family, establishing their home in Goodlettsville, Tennessee. After a successful career with American Credit, Virgil started Leasing Systems, Inc. in 1974. He served as President and later as C.E.O. and Chairman of the company. For 45 years Leasing Systems, through the leadership of Virgil and later his son Steve, has proven that through hard work and dedication a small business can thrive no matter what the obstacles. Using his amazing business mind and strong work ethic, Virgil also became a successful and award winning homebuilder, real estate developer, investor and entrepreneur for over 30 years. He became active in the Middle Tennessee Homebuilders Association, an organization which not only allowed him to enhance his knowledge and contacts in the industry, but also to establish many lifelong friends. He served on the Association’s Board of Directors, and other elected positions leading to a term as President in 1997. He was named Homebuilder of the Year in 1996 and was inducted into the Middle Tennessee Homebuilders Association Hall of Fame in 2017. Virgil was a 32nd degree Mason and was a member of Beech Lodge #240. He was a member of the Scottish Rite and of the Al Menah Shrine Temple. He was a member of Beech Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Virgil loved his family passionately and his life served as a reminder that there is good in everyone. Virgil never gave up on anyone, especially those who were fortunate enough to call him a friend. Friendship was a sacred trust with him and every relationship he established was a personal investment—he invested himself in those he loved, especially his family. He loved people and his life touched so many others as he mentored, taught, counseled, laughed, cried and above all encouraged those he loved. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Barbara Ray of Goodlettsville, TN; Son- Steve Ray (Susan Smartt) of Goodlettsville, TN; Daughter-Deborah Bratcher (Ben) of Goodlettsville, TN; Grandchildren-Drew Bratcher (Emily) of Wheaton, Ill, Blake Bratcher (Christa) of Brentwood, TN, Chad Ray (Hannah) of Hendersonville, TN, Chase Ray of Springfield, TN; Great Grandchildren-Beckett Bratcher, Helena Bratcher, Rosie Bratcher, Parker Avery Bratcher, Georgia Bratcher; Brother-Harles Ray (Janis) of Hardy, KY, Sister-Dorothy Bolton (Bob) of Van Wert, OH. He is preceded in death by his parents- Enos and Elmay Ray; and three brothers-Ervin Ray, Gene Ray, and Ronnie Ray. Visitation will be on Saturday, August 1 at 2:00 pm until 8 pm and Sunday, August 2 at 2 pm until 4 pm. Services will be on Sunday, August 2 at 4 pm with burial to follow. Forest Lawn Funeral Home.

Services

  • Visitation

    Saturday, August 1, 2020

  • Visitation

    Sunday, August 2, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Sunday, August 2, 2020

Memories

Virgil Ray

have a memory or condolence to add?

ADD A MEMORY
Robert Notestine

August 2, 2020

I am a long time friend of the Bratcher family for over 30 years. All the time I have known Ben and Deb, I have heard constant praise for Mr. Ray and of his love of his family and his business successes. I wanted to reach out to the whole family to offer my condolences for the passing of this man who obviously meant so mush to so many.

Harles and Janice Ray

August 2, 2020

We have so many memories that flood our soul. He held a key to our hearts. This picture is of the last time he was able to be in our home.

Tom Mosier

August 2, 2020

My condolences to the family. Fond memories in past years.

Jack Darrell Sammons

July 31, 2020

Just remembering good times at So Williamson grade school and Belfry High
You were a few years ahead of me but was friends and I admired and respected you.
Harless and Janice we are sorry for the grief you are feeling now .
Prayers to lift you in this time of sorrow.
Jack Darrell and Carol Sammons

John Taylor Sr

July 31, 2020

Prayers for the Ray Family during this difficult time.
I have known Virgil for over 44 years and he was truly a great Man!

Terrie Blair

July 31, 2020

This is for Barbara! Just want to tell you how sorry I am for your loss! Prayers for you & your family! This is from your 1st cousin my dad is Monroe Smith. Love you!

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY

Biography

age 84, passed away on July 29, 2020. He was born in Varney, Pike County, Kentucky to Enos and Elmay Ray who raised Virgil and his four brothers and one sister on Turkey Creek in the mountains of Eastern Kentucky. He graduated from Belfry High School where he met the love of his life, Barbara Smith whom he later married. From an early age Virgil had dreams of traveling and creating a better life for himself and his family. He began a career with American Credit Company which allowed him to move throughout the southeast opening new offices . While he was pursuing this path, he and Barbara started their family, establishing their home in Goodlettsville, Tennessee. After a successful career with American Credit, Virgil started Leasing Systems, Inc. in 1974. He served as President and later as C.E.O. and Chairman of the company. For 45 years Leasing Systems, through the leadership of Virgil and later his son Steve, has proven that through hard work and dedication a small business can thrive no matter what the obstacles.
Using his amazing business mind and strong work ethic, Virgil also became a successful and award winning homebuilder, real estate developer, investor and entrepreneur for over 30 years. He became active in the Middle Tennessee Homebuilders Association, an organization which not only allowed him to enhance his knowledge and contacts in the industry, but also to establish many lifelong friends. He served on the Association’s Board of Directors, and other elected positions leading to a term as President in 1997. He was named Homebuilder of the Year in 1996 and was inducted into the Middle Tennessee Homebuilders Association Hall of Fame in 2017. Virgil was a 32nd degree Mason and was a member of Beech Lodge #240. He was a member of the Scottish Rite and of the Al Menah Shrine Temple. He was a member of Beech Cumberland Presbyterian Church.
Virgil loved his family passionately and his life served as a reminder that there is good in everyone. Virgil never gave up on anyone, especially those who were fortunate enough to call him a friend. Friendship was a sacred trust with him and every relationship he established was a personal investment—he invested himself in those he loved, especially his family. He loved people and his life touched so many others as he mentored, taught, counseled, laughed, cried and above all encouraged those he loved.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Barbara Ray of Goodlettsville, TN; Son- Steve Ray (Susan Smartt) of Goodlettsville, TN; Daughter-Deborah Bratcher (Ben) of Goodlettsville, TN; Grandchildren-Drew Bratcher (Emily) of Wheaton, Ill, Blake Bratcher (Christa) of Brentwood, TN, Chad Ray (Hannah) of Hendersonville, TN, Chase Ray of Springfield, TN; Great Grandchildren-Beckett Bratcher, Helena Bratcher, Rosie Bratcher, Parker Avery Bratcher, Georgia Bratcher; Brother-Harles Ray (Janis) of Hardy, KY, Sister-Dorothy Bolton (Bob) of Van Wert, OH. He is preceded in death by his parents- Enos and Elmay Ray; and three brothers-Ervin Ray, Gene Ray, and Ronnie Ray.
Visitation will be on Saturday, August 1 at 2:00 pm until 8 pm and Sunday, August 2 at 2 pm until 4 pm. Services will be on Sunday, August 2 at 4 pm with burial to follow. Forest Lawn Funeral Home.

Learn more about the Ray name

VISIT ANCESTRY.COM