Bittles & Hurt Funeral Home

602 East Washington Street, Greencastle, IN


Nicholas Andrew Ray

January 20, 1981June 30, 2020

Nicholas “Nick” Andrew Ray, 38, passed away Monday, June 29, 2020 in Martinsville, Indiana. Nick was born in Indianapolis on December 1, 1981 the Son of William S, and Karen C.(Cherry) Ray.

Nick graduated from Martinsville High School in 2000 and then earned his Bachelor of Fine Art from the University of Indianapolis.

The world has lost a rare and beautiful soul. Nick was a person who left his imprint on everyone he met. He was one of the few people who walked by everyone with no judgement. He viewed all people as equals regardless of their status in life, money they had, titles they had acquired, color of their skin or clothes they wore. He shared his knowledge of art with many, always trying to help lift others up to their full potential. Nick was a generous person who could have one dollar in his pocket, but without hesitation hand it to a stranger if they needed it.

Nick was an extraordinary artist. He began art classes at the age of five. He was blessed with natural talents and spent many years of his young life at the zoo painting the animals he so dearly loved. No matter where he was art was a part of his life. If he was on the beach, he was building elaborate sand sculptures that people would crowd around to view. When there was snow on the ground he would build snow sculptures in the front yard that were so incredible the local newspaper reported on it because of so many people had called to tell about what they had seen.

He is survived by his parents; a brother, Caleb Ray, (wife-Laura); three nieces, Autumn, Ellison, and Ruby Ray; and his fiancé, Layla Rainbolt. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Andy and Edna Cherry; and paternal grandparents, Natoma and Ollen Ray.

A memorial service will be held at 4:00-6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 8th, 2020, at Rick’s Café Boatyard in Indianapolis where we will display his artwork and share memories of the joy he brought to us all.

Memories may be shared with the family at www.BittlesandHurt.com.


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Mary Ann Land

July 18, 2020

There are no words that can comfort at this time. Please know my prayers are with you and all your family. I lost my youngest son 10 years ago in a similar situation. If you ever need to talk, please feel free to contact me. Love

Barb Poole

July 8, 2020

I was so very sorry to hear of Nick's passing. He used to come to the Roachdale Public Library where I work and it was always a joy to see him come through the door. He always had a big smile and remembered my name from day one. I will truly miss him. My sincere condolences to his loved ones.

Peggy Mcbride

July 8, 2020

Nik was my neighbor for several years and I will miss him very much. He was a sweet talented man and I just wish I would have got to know him better. Sending condolences to his family. Rest easy Nik !

Cathy Westman

July 8, 2020

I do not know the family, but after reading his obituary, I want to express my sympathy to the family and friends of Nick. He sounds like he was a gifted man with such an amazing person who affected people in so many positive and wonderful ways. I am so sorry for you loss.

Lydia (Hanft) Trotter

July 6, 2020

Dear Karen,
I remember THE day you pulled into my parents driveway to show me your new little baby boy, Nick. He was in his baby carrier and strapped into the front seat of the car. ( I Think they throw you in jail for that now!)
I wish I had a picture of the look on your face as we watched that tiny being sleeping.......absolute, unconditional love.
I know that love went Both ways.
Love always,
P.S. Susie Cox is STILL FAT!

Anthony & Tammy Bowling

July 3, 2020

Thinking of you all during this time. God has received an angel but yet our hearts are broken for you his family. May the Lord embrace you and give you comfort. I loved Nick's smile and we remember fondly his love of art. Be at peace Nick...the Bowling Family