Johnson Funeral Home

2685 Henderson Dr, Jacksonville, NC


Willis Ray Heath

May 20, 1938December 3, 2019

Willis Ray Heath, 81, of Jacksonville went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, December 3, 2019.

He was born on May 20, 1938 to Roy and Lena Heath in Jones County. Ray spent most of his life as a plumber, landscaper, and jack-of-all-trades. He was a legendary coon hunter and dog trainer.

Ray was preceded by his parents; one brother, Robert Heath; and sisters, Brenda Stephens, Ann Lewis, Dorothy Frimel, and Lucy Porterfield.

He is survived by his longtime partner, Gladys Lawson; sons, Jerry Ray Heath (Karen), Douglas Allen Heath (Ann), Russell Vance Heath; siblings, John Heath (Helen), Shirley Pickett (Kenny), Roy Heath (Katherine), and Lois Herring (Bobby); grandchildren, Bryon, Amanda, Justin, Jacob, Dillon, Taylor, and Wyatt; and great-grandchildren, Christian and Blake.

A funeral service will be held at 1:00 pm on Friday, December 6, 2019 at Love, Grace, & Mercy Church, 178 Luther Banks Road in Richlands. Burial will follow in the Heath Family Cemetery at 94 Appleton Lane, Richlands, NC 28574.


Willis Ray Heath

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Eileen Welsh

December 8, 2019

I am so sorry for your loss. It has been many years since I have visited. As a child, my parents would bring us down to visit every few years from Ohio. I would hear stories from my mom ( Dorothy Mae) but our visits never allowed for us to get really close to family down there. My prayers are with you during this difficult time with the holidays near. May the Lord comfort you.