OBITUARY

Ray Anthony Edmond Sr.

February 9, 1961April 9, 2018

Ray Anthony Edmond Sr., 57, went home to be with his Heavenly Father on April 9, 2018. He was born Feb. 9, 1961 in St. Louis, Missouri to David and Juanita Edmond. When the family relocated to Flint, Michigan, he attended St. Mark’s Baptist Church where he accepted Christ into his life at an early age and was baptized. After graduating from Flint Northwestern High School, he joined the U.S. Navy in 1979. Following boot camp at Recruit Training Center (RTC) Great Lakes, Illinois and Hull Technician “A” School, Ray reported to USS Nicholson (DDG-982) in Charleston, South Carolina where he advanced to petty officer third class. From October 1983 to March 1985, he worked as a petty officer second class aboard USS Frank Cable (AS 40) in Charleston. At that point in his career, Ray realized he enjoyed training junior Sailors and decided to become a recruit company commander and instructor at Recruit Training Center Great Lakes, Illinois in June 1985. There he taught new recruits damage control, chemical warfare and firefighting tactics. During this tour, he cross-rated to the damage controlman rating and advanced to petty officer first class. In November 1988, Ray reported to USS Connolly (DD 979) at Naval Station (NS) Norfolk, Virginia where he completed several Middle East deployments during the Iraqi War. He was proud to put on his chief petty officer anchors during this tour. Reporting to NS Norfolk in in 1993, as a leading chief petty officer, Ray inspected naval vessels, conducted quality assurance and oversaw a preventive maintenance program. Three years later, he transferred to Afloat Training Group at NS Mayport, Florida as a senior damage control inspector. This job entailed inspecting, assessing and developing training programs and testing damage control readiness of naval vessels within the Atlantic Fleet and foreign U.S. ally naval vessels. Heading back to sea, Ray reported to USS Chosin (CG 65) in June 1999 as the Senior Enlisted Damage Control Program manager and trainer overseeing all immediate level maintenance and repair of damage control equipment and systems, development and management of damage control training programs for shipboard personnel, and preparing vessels for inspections. He also led security teams aboard captured foreign oil smuggling vessels during Operation Desert Shield. In February 2000, Ray reported to Naval Air Station Jacksonville (NAS Jax) as the station disaster preparedness coordinator where he directed the Emergency Management (EM) program. This entailed conducting disaster drills, redesigning the base Emergency Operations Center (EOC) and acting as liaison between the station and city/state EM officials. He retired with 24 years of honorable naval service on Sept. 30, 2003. Following retirement, he worked for the Florida Department of Health, Office of Disaster Preparedness as the EM planner, trainer and consultant. This job consisted of overseeing all EM operations, planning and executing disaster exercises and acting as damage assessment team leader during Hurricanes Charley, Frances, Ivan and Jeanne throughout the state. In 2008, he graduated from Southern Illinois University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Workforce Education/Development and Instructional Design and returned to NAS Jax as the EM officer. Here, he ensured the command could effectively plan, respond, and operate the EOC during any natural or man-made crisis. Earning his FEMA trainer certification, Ray educated others on their role in EM, making sure the NAS Jax team was prepared during drills, inspections, and real-world incidents. He is credited with developing a comprehensive hurricane/destructive weather plan, used during when Hurricanes Matthew and Irma hit Northeast Florida. His expertise and dedication to the command earned him recognition as the 2018 NAS Jax Civilian of the Year. He leaves in God’s care, his wife, Claribel Vargas-Edmond; sons, Rashan Smith, Ray (RJ) Edmond Jr.; daughters, Qiana Smith, Toni Smith, LaTia (Michael) Thomas, Porshia (Adrian) Mills, Angelina and Angelica Edmond; granddaughters, Hailee Clack, Aminah Thomas, Ayannah Thomas, Amayah Thomas, Sarai Mills and Saylin Mills; grandsons, Princeton Clack, Amari Thomas, Rashan Smith Jr.; sisters, Virdean (Larry) Moore, Debra Edmond, Frankye Edmond (who proceeded him in death), Shannon Edmond and Kenyatta Bleckley; brothers, Derrick (Grace) Edmond and Darwin Edmond; father and mother-in-law Antonio and Expedita Vargas; brothers-in-law Antonio (Gloria) Vargas Jr., Gil (Odalis) Vargas; sister-in-law Altagracia (Claude) Massicott, and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, co-workers and friends. A celebration of Ray’s life will be held Tuesday, April 17 at 10 a.m. at the NAS Jacksonville All Saints Chapel followed by funeral honors at 12:30 p.m. at the Jacksonville National Cemetery, 4083 Lannie Road, Jacksonville. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to further his children’s education to: Sacred Heart Catholic School, c/o Cathy Ornella, 5752 Blanding Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32244.

Services

  • Funeral Service Tuesday, April 17, 2018
  • Committal Service Tuesday, April 17, 2018
REMEMBERING

Ray Anthony Edmond Sr.

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MANDY MCCUNE

April 16, 2018

Please know how very saddened I am for the loss of your beloved Ray. I send you our deepest condolences for you and for your family. I can’t imagine how painful it is for you. Having lost someone is a difficult moment of life. May God provide you the strength you need to cope with this difficult situation.
May he rest in peace,

Lt. Mandy McCune
NAS Jacksonville Police

MANDY MCCUNE

April 16, 2018

Please know how very saddened I am for the loss of your beloved Ray. I send you my deepest condolences for you and for your family. I can’t imagine how painful it is for you . Having lost someone is a difficult moment of life. May God provide you the strength you need to cope with this difficult situation.
May he rest in peace.

olimpia Jackson

April 16, 2018

Ray took leadership over any tasking came forth. Rather it be weather, FEMA and especially News& definitely politics. That's what I'll miss. I'll miss the long conversations about health care and taking care of the body. To Ray's Family I speak Life Living Abundantly! To be absence from the body is to be present with the LORD. GOD will heal the broken hearts. I will personally keep the ENTIRE family lifted up in prayers. This isn't easy for none of us. However, we will still give GOD ALL GLORY. Let's All keep Praying

Stephen Parker

April 16, 2018

My deepest condolenses to the Edmond and Smith Family. I worked with Ray at the Naval Air Station and we all will miss him dearly. Ray was the type of person, who along with alot of smiles and great conversation was indeed a professional at his job. Ray was always willing to train and when you were under his leadership, he made you feel like you were apart of something great. The EOC will not be the same without your smile and expertise and as said before you will greatly be missed. To the Edmond and Smith family, keep your heads up and may God grant you peace and mercy in your time of need.

Sergeant Stephen J. Parker
NAS Jacksonville Police Department

Glendale Folan

April 13, 2018

My condolences to the Edmond and Smith family. I have known Ray a lot of years, and have always been fond of his meek, gentle, kind, and caring spirit. He will truly be missed by family and friends. Family, I will continue to keep you in prayer, but know we all loved him but God loves him best. To my nephew Rashan, your father left a trail to the path of successful. Follow his foot steps down that path and continue the legacy. Love, Auntie Glendale

Qiana Smith

April 12, 2018

My Dad, so many feelings, thoughts, and memories but not words. I love him more than anyone knows. I pray that all the memories each of you have of him give you comfort as you continue on this journey called life. Please continue to pray for our family. God Bless you all <3.