Born April 8, 1934

On February 13, 2013 Our dad, George Vernon Ray Sr. left this scene of action only to be in the arms of his Savior Jesus Christ. He passed away peacefully at his home due to complications from Alzheimer's disease. He was 78 years old. Funeral services will be held 11 AM Saturday, February 16, 2013 at HOLLY HILL FUNERAL HOME, 3601 Old Jennings Rd, Middleburg, FL with Rev. Allen Yoder officiating. Family will receive friends one hour prior to service at the chapel.

George was born in Jacksonville, Florida on April 8, 1934. He was the youngest of 7 children. George leaves behind his brother Nelson W Ray. He was shining shoes and selling newspapers on the streets of Jacksonville at the age of 8. He joined the US Navy at the age of 17 as a firefighter. He was stationed at Brownsville Base in California where he met and married his wife, Alicia Torres. He went to Jacksonville University and was an ordained minister in the faith of Jesus Christ. He worked for Ivy Steel & Wire Company for 43 years where he joined the company as a laborer. He advanced to the plant manager and retired in 1997. He was active in many sports imaginable and excelled at all. He especially loved the game of golf. Most important of all he loved the Lord with all his heart, mind and body. He was a great husband, dad and friend to many. He was a man of great integrity and character. He loved his wife of 49 years till her passing in 2002. He is the father of 6 children. One of which precedes him in death, Robert Nelson Ray Sr. He leaves behind only to see him again in heaven, 5 children and their spouses. Debbie & Lou Aragon, Mary & Chuck Scarborough, George Jr. & Corrine Ray, Andy & Gloria Ray and Faith Rebecca Shoemaker. George also leaves behind 29 grandchildren, 34 great grandchildren with 2 great grandchildren on the way and 1 great-great grandson due in March. His children to love the Lord with all their hearts and that you cannot out give God. He lived by example.

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Kimberly curry

February 12, 2015

Mr. Ray, couple weeks ago i was cleaning for my client... On his dresser laid one of your tracks. The gift of His word you spread all over. You were truly a man of God. God nessage for Corrine truly a message for us all... To live by & follow.

Corrine Ray

February 10, 2015

We walk by faith and not by sight is the verse that the Lord has given to George and I in these last few months and even when the way is difficult or overwhelming we have a friend who sticks closer than a brother, a loving, faithful, heavenly Father who we can trust and depend on in everything we do. Daddy Ray, the Lord turned you from an old fisherman to His fisher of men and with the same vigor and drive that you gave to all your applied that to the task assigned to you by the Master. What an inspiration! I am so reminded today that we don't walk alone for He is always with us and never leaves us nor forsakes us. As you used to say...if a man won't work for a dollar, he won't work for ten's what's on the inside that counts, not what you say but what you do in life that counts and what's, or who to be exact, is in your heart. Our lives are not our own for we are bought with a price...May we all be found in Him watching and waiting when the Lord returns. Kiss Mama for George (her Juna) and me and we will meet you one day on the other side for a joyous reunion!

Faith Warfield

May 21, 2014

Granddaddy! It just dawned on me tonight that you might have a guest book like Grandma has, and yay, I found it! I'm trying to keep the tears in as I think of you and Grandma. I love y'all so much. Thank you for you and Grandma's legacy of showing us the way to our Savior, Jesus Christ! And thank you for the memories! I was just telling Gabby about how you used to grow tomatoes, and for so many years, mom and I would go pick them and can them. I loved it!! I want to start canning again haha. I don't think I'll ever forget the process either. ;) and the dollar bills! I remember you loving to give us dollars when we were kids. and the scary story about the white lady..omg, i can't remember it exactly. I think I need to start doing brain exercises because I can't remember all the stuff from when I was a kid. There was so much though, memories, that is. Oh, and how could I forget how HUGE of a fan you were of the seminoles and Bobby Bowden (go gators haha ;) ) Man, you and grandma were such a huge part of my childhood. I am so happy we were all so close. OMG, apples and salt!! learned that one from you, love it!! You always had that salt shaker to by your recliner. I'm so re-living memories right now. and the pontoon boat, soooo much fun!! I love you granddaddy. Tell grandma I said hi! Till we meet again in Heaven... :o)

Mary Scarborough

April 9, 2013

Today is your birthday daddy. You are the most amazing man that I knew. No one can and will take your place. I cherish so many great memories and will never forget them. You leave behind a great legacy for all to remember and to believe that you truly were a man of God. You are now up there with the Great I Am, Jesus Christ. Wow! Things will never be the same now that you and moma are up in Heaven. We will do as you and moma has done, to share the good news of Jesus Christ.

Richard & Edna Mae Holschuh

February 21, 2013

We met George Sr. many years ago at Salisbury Center, NY where he and wife Alice drove up for the wedding of their son George Jr. and our daughter Corrine. Since that time we have driven down to visit the family. It ha been a grand adventure getting to know all the Ray family and sharing Christian fellowship with "daddy" Ray, drinking an ice cold glass of tomatoe juice that he had made. So long for now, we will see you again when the Lord calls our name.

Jim Scahall

February 17, 2013

Sorry for you loss.
May you find peace through fine memories

Pat Shoemaker

February 16, 2013

In the twenty-four years I was married to your daughter,you were alot of different things to me,George.A father,a teacher, a mentor, a friend. You would call it like you saw it.You helped me from day one.If not for you my family wouldn't have grown up the way they have.You helped us out of quite a few scrapes.Many times without being asked.That is just the way you were.A wise,generous friend without judgement.I have many fond memories of you.From playing tennis(I never took a set),to the time you came out and played tackle football with us in your fifties.The times I helped you with various projects are the most memorable. You were always quick to remind me that I didn't know what the hell I was doing,and that I needed to listen to you.I'm sure your sons can back me up on this one.You were never one to waste time. If the game was already decided,you were on to something else.
Of all the things you ever taught me through the years,one stands out. Once something is done,it's done. Or as you would say "You can't unscramble eggs".So move on and do better next time.I'm not telling you I've done this everytime,just that I was listening and I got message.You were always a great source for advice and inspiration.For that I am eternally grateful.You were more of a father to me than my own.Thank you for being such a good friend. I love you,George.

Saige Clemons

February 16, 2013

George Ray is a man of God. We still on Earth may have an absence in our heart but George Ray has had a piece of his heart completed. He gets to spend Valentine's Day with his wife Alicia Ray in heaven dancing the days away. No cares no worry. Whom ever my Great Grandfather, George met he touched their lives. I had the honor at one point in his life to help him potentially save others. " Repent and Confess Jesus Christ to people everywhere " and this indeed he did. I have had the pleasure to know him just as many others and everyone who does know him knows he is a man of God. He is up on Heaven right now with many jewels in his holy crown. Eating a feast, and meeting some family who have also come to meet Jesus. All in all George Vernon Ray was very much loved and respected and now he shall be missed.
~ I love you Great Grandpa ( Grandpa with the white hair ) and I always will. To infinity and beyond
" Oh the places you'll go ". - Dr Seuss

Corrine Ray

February 16, 2013

Daddy Ray, I will always be grateful how you and Mama accepted me into your wonderful family and made me a part of y'all right from the start. I will always remember your generosity to so many, how you helped George and I without reservation, letting our family live with you several times over the years. You were such an encouragement to us when we started our business.and never doubted that we could make it. In the earlier years of our marriage your testimony of the love, forgiveness and grace of the Lord had an impact on me and still rings in my heart. It was so sad and difficult to see you fade from the vigorous man that you were, always on the move, working in your tomato garden, tending to your roses, golfing frequently, to succumbing to illness. Your passing was bittersweet as I knew my husband had lost his remaining parent on earth but sweet in knowing that you are no longer suffering but are safe in the arms of the Savior. It was a pleasure knowing you and I look forward joining you and Mama again when we all gather together on the other side with Jesus. I love you Daddy Ray. Kiss Mama for me and tell her we will laugh again together one day in the sweet by and by.

February 15, 2013

To the Family of George,
May you find comfort in knowing that this grief is only but for awhile. I know that very soon you all will be having a big family reunion up in heaven. Your dad was one of the finest people that I have known. He lived just like he preached and I am forever thankful that our lives crossed while working for Ivy Steel.
Vickie & Ronnie Hollister