Ellie "Ray" Ray Maready

January 25, 1933August 29, 2013
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Ellie “Ray” Maready, 80, of New Bern, died August 29, 2013 at home.

Ray worked for 29 years with Liberty Life Insurance which he referred to as his “mission field for the Lord.” He loved meeting people and working for the Lord. Ray was a Christian who loved his Savior as well as those around him. His faith was a great part of his life. Ray loved the Lord with all of his heart. Ray was also a family man. He loved having all the family together. He was so proud of each one’s accomplishments and continued to pray daily for them individually. Ray’s children and grandchildren looked to him as the “cornerstone” of the family. His faith and trust in God was an inspiration to all. Although he battled many years of illness, Ray’s spirit, faith, and will power continued to carry him to the end. Ray will be greatly missed by his wife, Louise of 58 years, his family, friends and associates. Although gone to receive his reward, Ray’s final words to us all would be “get prepared to meet me in Heaven, all that will, please come.”

He is preceded in death by his parents, Roscoe and Elma Maready and a brother, Eldridge “Red” Maready.

Ray is survived by his wife Louise Hill Maready, his children, Juanita Ormond and husband Rev. Robert Ormond of Washington, NC; Yvonne Knox and husband Gordon of Aulander, NC; Philip Maready and wife Angel of Pine Level, NC; his grandchildren, Lisa Rivera, Heather Helton and husband Curtis, Bryan Ormond and wife Sasha, Meagan Jarrett, Jessica and Courtney Maready, his step-grandchildren, Tammy Kittrell, Mikki Brown and Jason Knox, and his brothers and sisters, Elwood Maready and wife Carol, Joyce Jarman and husband Kenneth, Rabon Maready and wife Linda, Tiny Yeatts and Ronnie Maready, all of Beaulaville. He is also survived by 12 great-grandchildren.

Ray also worked for Cotten Funeral Home for many years as a vauled employee he will be truly missed by everyone at Cotten Funeral Home.

Visitation will be held from 6:00-8:00 pm Saturday, August 31, 2013 at Cotten Funeral Home. Services will be held at 2:00 pm Sunday, September 1, 2013 at the funeral home, followed by burial at Greenleaf Memorial Park.


  • Visitation Saturday, August 31, 2013
  • Funeral Service Sunday, September 1, 2013

Ellie "Ray" Ray Maready

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September 10, 2013

Yvonne, Meagan and Mrs Maready, you are all in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. We know for sure where he is. My mother went 6 weeks ahead of him and it is hard, but thank God, He gives us the strength to go on and the peace that passeth all understanding. Love to you all.
Kathy Ferebee

Amy Hudson

September 4, 2013

Dear Maready Family,
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I met Mr. Ray while working in the Radiation Dept at the hospital several years ago. He was an inspiration every time I saw and talked with him. He was always confident and shared his love for the Lord. I know that he is in the presence of his Savior now. My prayers and thoghts are with you all.

Kim Barboru

September 3, 2013

Phillip sorry to hear about your Father. I am wishing you the best in dealing with this.

Tammy Watts (Hughes)

September 3, 2013

Yvonne, I am so sorry to hear about your dad. May your heart be filled with wonderful memories. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Wanda Rolison

September 1, 2013

I'm so sorry to hear about your dad's passing. My prayers are with you all.

O.P. Howell

September 1, 2013

Dear Maready Family,
I was so sad to head about the passing of Mr. Maready. I know he will be missed by all who knew him. I'll never forget all the time I knew him and all the times we would talk when I made trips to the funeral home. I was always glad to see him. He is with his Lord now and we'll see him again. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you all. Love you all, Omega.

ann byrd

August 31, 2013

Dearest Yvonne, your dad was a wonderful man who was truly an inspiration to all. He was a great friend to Bobby and was there for me. Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers!!!

Robert Earl Jones

August 31, 2013

Sure was glad to have brother Ray as a friend, We talked many times in person and on the cb radio. New angel in Heaven! R.I.P.

August 31, 2013

Dear Phillip and family,
I am sorry to hear about the loss of your Father. May you feel the comfort
from the Lord as only he can give. My prayers and thoughts are with you.
"Precious Memories"
Debra O. Morrison
Terminix Pest Control

Russ Hackett

August 31, 2013

to the Maready family, Mr. Ray will be truly missed. He has meant so much to our Cotten Family as well as Mrs. Louise.
All the good memories of Mr. Ray will be charished.