LaRay Hamm

September 9, 1947September 1, 2018

Services for Dena LaRay Hamm, 70, of Tyler, Texas will be held at 2 pm on September 9, 2018 at Lakeview Funeral Home Chapel 5000 W. Harrison Road, Longview, Texas 75604. Family will receive friends and have visitation at 1pm prior to service. Officiant will be assistant Chaplain and great-niece Alex Velasquez. LaRay passed away on Saturday September 1, 2018. She was born September 9, 1947 in Pampa, Texas to Dena Lee Powell Gates and Raymond E. Gates. LaRay is survived by daughter Paula R. Shafer, son James Hamm, and sister Patsy Bryan. Also, special friend Gerald Cooper as well and her grandchildren and one great-grandchild. LaRay was preceded in death by her husband Jerry W. Hamm, father Raymond E. Gates, and mother Dena Lee Powell Gates. In lieu of flowers, donations will be accepted to Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis Foundation or any organization supporting the welfare of animals. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Hamm family.


  • Raymond Gates, Father
  • Dena Lee Powell Gates, Mother
  • Paula R. Shafer, Daughter
  • James Hamm, Son
  • Patsy Bryan, Sister
  • Her Grandchildren and a Great Grandchild


  • Visitation Sunday, September 9, 2018
  • Funeral Service Sunday, September 9, 2018

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Nicholas Jadvani

September 8, 2018

When I met Paige, she regularly spoke about Grandma and how wonderful she treated her throughout life. When I got the privilege to meet you, you instantly accepted me and gave me your love. I'll never forget Grandma LaRay; I look forward to seeing you again one day.

Shanda Wicker

September 7, 2018

The love and pride, I was able to get a front seat view to, that you have for your family is one I never questioned. You have a beautiful and unwavering heart for your family and friends. I love your laugh Grandma. I will always love you. Thank you for blessing my life with your kindness and warriors spirit.

Dorris Coppinger

September 7, 2018

Never had the honor of meeting her personally, known her sister Patsy for years. Beautiful family, always had your back, no matter what. Will get acquainted with her when we meet in heaven. RIP. God bless and keep the family.

Karen Contreras

September 5, 2018

Such a beautiful soul, so comforting to be with. She cared so much about me and we had only just met. I will miss her beautiful kind smile 💜

James Hamm

September 4, 2018

Suzanne Laughlin Ensey

September 3, 2018

What a wonderful person that love her family. That always had a smile on her face. I pray for her family.