Odessa Funeral Home

1700 North Jackson, Odessa, TX


Raymond Lee Gary

November 11, 1929July 9, 2019

Raymond Lee Gary went to be with the Lord on July 9, 2019 at the age of 89. Born the youngest of 12 to James and Mamie Ada (Jones) Gary on November 11, 1929 in Dimmitt, Tx. Living in New Lynn at the age of 12, he accepted Christ. Raymond spent 4 years serving in the US Navy, traveling to various ports including Pearl Harbor, Tokyo, Japan and Seoul, South Korea. Following his first tour, he was given 30-days leave, to marry the love of his life, Joyce Tilley on September 30, 1951 in Tahoka, Tx. Following his service in the Navy, Raymond went to seminary at Jacksonville Baptist College. For many years, he followed his dream by pastoring churches throughout east and west Texas. Together, he and Joyce raised five children: Keith, Kevin, Kimberlye, Kashia and Kathi. His hobbies included reading, painting, sculpting and writing. He loved his family, and loved passing along all the knowledge he had gained over the years. Raymond is preceded in death by his parents James Addison and Mamie Ada Gary; sisters Inez Gary, Pauline Terry, Mildred Anderson, Oleta Weikel, Irene Rice and Ada Lou Gary; brothers Alvin, J.L., Lois, Jim and C.W. Gary; wife Nelda Joyce Tilley, son Keith Ray, daughter Kathi Lynn Brookshire, sons-in-law Craig Heap and Michael Craig. Survived by son Michael Kevin Gary and wife Rhonda, two daughters Kim Heap and Kashia Craig all of Odessa, Tx. He also leaves behind 11 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. He will be remembered for those delicious desserts, his funny and crazy stories, his way of teaching, and his craftsmanship in all he did. We will miss the love he shared with all of us the most.


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