Heights Funeral Home

1317 Heights Blvd, Houston, TX


Rayford Barrett

September 18, 1932March 23, 2020

Rayford Barrett, 87, of Houston, Texas passed away Monday, March 23, 2020 after a short battle with kidney disease. Ray is survived by his wife, Erna Lee of 64 blessed years; daughters Cindy Daily and husband Rick; Rhonda Laumen and husband Jerry; grandchildren, Sarah Daily; Jake Daily and wife Courtney; Brent Laumen and wife Amanda; Ryan Laumen and 1 great granddaughter Clara Laumen. He is also survived by his sister Annie Ruth Arrington. He was preceded in death by his parents Coleman and Ruthie Barrett and sisters, Hazel Newman and Exer Lee Whisenant. Ray was born September 18, 1932 in Garrison, Texas. He attended Stephen F. Austin University on a basketball scholarship. He proudly served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He then started his 43 year career in Sales with the Southern Pacific Railroad and retired in 1993. He was a longtime member of the American Legion and Transportation Club of Houston. Ray was an active member of Zion Lutheran Church in the Heights for 64 years. Once retired, you could find Ray and Erna Lee at their beloved bay house with their family and friends. Ray was an avid sports fan and football was his favorite; you didn’t bother him on Saturday or Sunday during football season! Ray also liked to fish and hunt on his lease in Fredericksburg. Ray was a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend to everyone and will be deeply missed by many. Memorial donations may be made in Ray’s name to Zion Lutheran Church, 3606 Beauchamp, Houston, Texas 77009 or to your favorite charity. A private family graveside service will be held on Friday and a Celebration of Life will take place at a later date. We love you! #RaysWay


  • Erna Lee Barrett, Wife
  • Cindy Daily and her husband Rick, Daughter
  • Rhonda Laumen and her husband Jerry, Daughter
  • Brent Laumen and his wife Amanda, Grandson
  • Ryan Laumen, Grandson
  • Sarah Daily, Granddaughter
  • Jake Daily and his wife Courtney, Grandson
  • Clara Laumen, Great Granddaughter
  • Annie Ruth Arrington, Sister
  • Coleman and Ruthie Barrett, Parents (deceased)
  • Hazel Newman, Sister (deceased)
  • Exer Lee Whisenant, Sister (deceased)

  • Zion Lutheran Church


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Rhonda Laumen

March 28, 2020

Dad loved the Oilers and #7 and was a faithful season ticket holder. I found this button in his keepsake box which held things that were special to Dad. It brought back some good memories of Sunday's in the 70's at the Astrodome. I shared with Dan Pastorini and he had some kind words:
Oh Rhonda I’m so sorry! 💙 Thanks for sharing this and I’m glad I was able to make your dad smile in his life… Rest assured my parents are taking good care of him now! He’ll be eating well in Heaven! Love and prayers for you and your family…🙏🙏
We truly loved playing with fans like him and all….made it a special time we All shared together. Luv Ya Blue 💙 still lives on because of people like your father…Thank you and you be careful too…❤️

Carolyn Keys

March 28, 2020

I will always remember Ray greeting everyone at church. He smiled and was happy to be there. Ray will be missed! Sincere condolences to Erna Lee, Cindy, Rhonda, and their families. ❤️🙏 ✝️

Peggy Fortner

March 28, 2020

Rayford was an amazing man and it was our honor to know him. He will be missed - especially his warm smile. Our prayers are with the family at this very difficult time.

Ken and Peggy Fortner

James Conrad

March 28, 2020

I will always remember Rayford as a great friend and fellow worshiper at Zion. My deepest, sincere sympathies for his family's and his loved ones' loss. Rayford never forgot to share his faith and consideration for others. I will not forget him.

Susan DeVinny

March 27, 2020

Dear Erna Lee and Family,
I know your hearts are breaking and this is unbelievable. Sixty-four years is a testament to your love and faithfulness and a remarkable
example. I hold you all up in prayer and loving care.
I miss you all at Zion.
Susan DeVinny

Phil Sutton

March 27, 2020

As Ray’s next door neighbor at the bay, I will always remember what a cool , sweet man he was. He was a ‘weekender’ at the bay... would usually arrive on Thursday’s in the spring ,summer and fall . He would immediately get his tractor out and mow the lawn and was as happy as he could be perched on that tractor. He liked to have a scotch afterwards and talk Aggie football. To tell you the truth, Aggies would have won a lot more football games if they would have listened to Ray. Never forget how he always welcomed me and my guest. Rest In Peace friend

Dee Everett

March 26, 2020

I am so very sorry to hear about this. He was a good man with a very precious marriage and family. From the moment I met you all as a child I loved you. Prayers and hugs and love to everyone.
Love, Dee

Sarah Daily

March 25, 2020

You are one of the greatest men I’ve ever known. I’m so heartbroken but I know you’re in a better place. I miss you and love you so much, PawPaw, please watch over us and have the best time in heaven with all your old buddies and family. I can’t wait to see you again one day. I hope you have found Bugs by now and she is laying right by your side. Give her a big kiss and hug for us. Love, your favorite (and only) granddaughter, Sarah.

Rhonda Laumen

March 25, 2020