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Meredith Ray Russell

March 25, 1927February 12, 2020

Meredith Ray Russell March 25, 1927 – February 12, 2020 A Loving Farewell and Celebration

Meredith Ray Russell, age 92 of Houston, Texas passed away peacefully at home on February 12, 2020. Ray was born in Earlington, Kentucky, the son of Myrtle and Grady Russell on March 25, 1927. Ray served in the U.S. Army in World War II and was a decorated soldier of the Korean War. After serving his country, he worked as a truck driver in the freight line industry until he retired. Ray was a Master Mason and a proud member of the Freemason organization for over 70 years.

Ray enjoyed spending time with his children and rarely turned down breakfast and a piping hot cup of coffee at his favorite diner. He famously adored his pets and never encountered a stray (animal or human) that did not manage to pull on his heartstrings. In his prime, Ray was an avid lover of nature. He was happiest exploring the open road on his Goldwing motorcycle, camping out under the stars and pondering the universe. In his later years, Ray spent his time painting and decorating birdhouses. He was known to bestow a birdhouse or two on just about everyone he knew.

Ray is survived by his children: Ann, Joy, Bill and Helen, Roy and Theada, Lisa and Dido, eight grandchildren, six great grandchildren, two nieces and his sister Geraldine Howington.


  • Visitation Thursday, February 20, 2020
  • Funeral Service Friday, February 21, 2020
  • Committal Service Friday, February 21, 2020


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Donna Summers

February 20, 2020

Daddy Ray always got me confused with my mother Donna Blackmon also known as Big Donna that is how I started to call him Daddy Ray as well because who corrects their elders He had a way of always making me feel special He was so kind to my children During our visits we would sit talk and yes paint a birdhouse or two However I never picked a pretty color not like the expert himself My four children would be bouncing on the bed hanging off his shoulders and asking a million questions about his time in the war and the stories behind the pictures and his medals He patiently and lovingly answered every single one We miss you Daddy Ray and love you and even though you are gone you will forever be in our hearts and memories Your legacy will carry on

Ashton Russell

February 18, 2020

My papa was such a special man. I smiled when I read the comment before mine. My favorite memory with my papa was when he would wake me up at 4am and take me to Whataburger. He would fix me the best coffee at the age of 10. I also remember his love for animals. I can remember being very little and walking down a trail to see cows. Another special memory was when he kept me for a week while my parents had gone to church camp. We did all kinds of fun things. He took me to the park, let me swim at a lake, fed the squirrels. We were always outdoors. I'm going to miss his sweet smile. There was never a time u felt unwanted in his presence. You always felt loved!!

Terri Eason

February 18, 2020

Ray was always so good to our kids, “jumping” on the trampoline with Adam, discussing “black holes” in space with Jon & taking them to breakfast, even when they were too young for coffee! He will always have a special place in their hearts! Our thoughts & prayers are with you guys during this time!
Terri , Jay, Jon & Adam