William Ray Isley

April 8, 1927April 23, 2012

William Ray Isley, 85, of 310 Shannon Court in Ridgeway, died Monday, April 23, 2012 at Forsyth Specialty Care Hospital in Winston Salem, NC. He was born in Henry County, April 8, 1927 to Charles Lester Isley and Essie Hensley Isley. He served in the Navy during WW II and was Assistant Manager of Advance Auto Parts for over 40 years. He was a member of Starling Avenue Baptist Church where he was a Deacon and also served on the Teller committee. He was treasurer of the Martinsville Touchdown Club for over 15 years.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Margaret Isley and Marie Campbell; two brothers, Charles Lester Isley, Jr. and Kennon Isley.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Wendolyn Chitwood Isley of the residence; two sons, William B. Isley and wife Bonnie, Steve Isley and wife Carolyn, all of Martinsville; one brother, Harold Gray Isley of Ridgeway; five grandchildren, Gary Isley, Jr., Christy Barnett, Kevin Isley, Elizabeth Isley, Stephanie Plogger and nine great-grandchildren.

The funeral service will be held Thursday, April 26, 2012 at 11:00 am at McKee-Stone Funeral Home in Martinsville with the Rev. Dr. David Adkins and Rev. Gary Hughes officiating. Interment will follow in Roselawn Burial Park with full military honors by the Martinsville-Henry County Veterans Honor Guard.

The family will receive friends Wednesday from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at McKee-Stone Funeral Home in Martinsville and other times at the residence.

Memorial contributions may be made to Starling Avenue Baptist Church, 932 Starling Avenue, Martinsville, VA 24112 or to the SPCA, 132 Joseph Martin Hwy., Martinsville, VA 24112. To express condolences on line, please visit


  • Visitation Wednesday, April 25, 2012
  • Funeral Service Thursday, April 26, 2012

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April 26, 2012

We are so sorry to hear of Ray's passing. Paul remembers him when they worked together at the Advance store in the fall and winter of "71" and "72". Paul went to the Jewel Box and bought our engagement ring. He went back to the store and showed Ray and everyone and Ray put it in a hankerchief and kept it in his pocket the rest of the day. Paul didn't think he was going to get it back. He was a joy to work with. We know the days ahead are going to be hard,but knowing that the Lord was waiting for him at the gate extending his hand out to him and welcoming him into his kingdom, we hope will be comforting. Love In Christ, Paul and Jackie Horsley

Paul and Sue Nickelston

April 26, 2012

Please accept our sincere sympathy on your loss...God bless!

Edward Moore

April 25, 2012

To the Isley Family,
Sorry to hear of Ray's passing. We had many great years as your neighbors and many years working holidays at the Advance Store. Great memories to keep with me forever.

Debra Young

April 25, 2012

Remembrances of Ray's humor and personality will always bring a smile to your face. May your grief be eased with time. Co-worker of Teresa Isley Washburn

Henry Palmer

April 25, 2012

My deepest sympathy,

Del & Barbara Smith

April 25, 2012

We are sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you during this troubling time.

Ray Moore

April 25, 2012

In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.

Tammy Harbour

April 25, 2012

Caroyln I am so sorry about your father-n-law know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Tammy Harbour

Patricia Smith

April 25, 2012

I am so very sorry for your loss. Ray was a fine man, and I will l miss his wonderful smile and the caring words he always spoke to me. Patricia S. Smith, Ridgeway, VA