James Ray Abell

October 18, 1951October 18, 2012

ABELL, James Ray, 61, of Powhatan, passed away in the early morning hours of Thursday, October 18, 2012 and began his final and greatest venture. Ray leaves behind his cherished Shirley of 30 years. He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Jean Abell of Richmond. Other relatives include aunts, cousins, nieces and nephews. By his own vision and hands-on determination, Ray strove for perfection in each of his ventures. He began his business career in 1986 by creating Time Photo, a single photo lab offering customers a new level of service and technology. The chain of stores was sold when Ray decided to pursue a new venture. He had discovered Japanese koi fish. He had fallen in love with the beauty, symmetry, and history of what he admired as living art. Ray dug a single pond in 1991, and Nishikigoi of Niigata was born. Over the next 21 years, Ray’s passion for excellence never wavered. Whether his focus was on his koi, his beloved pets, or perfecting his skills in the world of drag racing, he never settled for second best. Ray took his dreams, and worked tirelessly until they each became truly unique realities. His path was blessed with unbreakable bonds of true friendship. Special thanks are given to the Maulding and Nichols famililes. His remains rest at the Huguenot Chapel of Woody Funeral Home, 1020 Huguenot Road, where the family will receive friends from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday and where funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Monday. Entombment Dale Memorial Park with a reception to follow at Bethia United Methodist Church, 10700 Winterpock Road, Chesterfield, Va. 23832. Online condolences to

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guy pujolle

February 20, 2018

From all that i have read you are a great person still alive in your close ones.I wish i would of met you for we could have exchange about everything. God bless you!

Fran Douberly Boston

October 23, 2012

Shirley, I lost track of Ray after High School, and are pleased he found you. He was a handsome , sweet young man and very talented. As I read this sad news I am overjoyed of the Outstanding Endeavors & life choices,I only wish our paths had crossed again,esp. with the koi pond! God Bless You Sweetie, Jesus will wrap HIS Love around you and Comfort you..RAY had been on my mind, since I had missed him at the latest reunion...Another Lancer in Heaven...We really did love one another.. Hope you can join us sometime. God Bless You & Thanks for making him Happy!

October 22, 2012

I just read in the paper about ray abell. He was my manager at Time Photo. I enjoyed working for him and learned at about the photo business. I send my deepest condolences to Shirley and Ray's family. God bless you.
johnise dupree 804-513-0054

Doug and Nancy Tatz

October 22, 2012

Ray was a good and true friend. I still have a few memories of him in my pond and will forever remember him. My wife and I loved his stories, the pig roasts he sponsored here in Atlanta, his absolute joy and passion for Koi and anyone who shared those passions.
My wife and I express our sincerest sympathy's to his family.

Betty Gray

October 22, 2012

Shirley, Very sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts & prayers. Love, Betty Lou & everyone from Uncle Lloyd's family.

Susan Payne

October 22, 2012

Shirley, I don't expect you to remember me but I certainly remember you and Ray. I used to come to the koi events with Jessie. I left Northern Virginia and live in Prince George now. I was shocked when I read the paper and saw that Ray had passed. He was such a recognized expert on koi and had such a kind soul. May you and your family find peace in knowing he is with the Lord.

Greg Hicks

October 22, 2012

lived 4 houses down from Ray (during elementary and high school)and across the road from his grandparents. Hadn't seen him since about two years after we got out of high school. Neighborhood baseball, football, boxing, campouts and Friday night poker games with him and his mother are all great memories...deepest sympathy to the family....

Randall Haynes

October 21, 2012

God speed my dear friend I will miss you. Randall Haynes

Andrew DeSantis

October 21, 2012

He was a friend and a great mentor in Koi, Ray will be greatly missed. My condolences to Shirley his wife and his family.

October 21, 2012

Shirley im sorry for your loss Ray was a great guy and friend. Randall Haynes