Bright-Holland Funeral Home

2601 Lamar Ave, Paris, TX


Exie E. Ray

August 18, 1929September 13, 2020

Exie E. Ray, 91, of Paris, was welcomed into her Heavenly home on Sunday, September 13, 2020, at Stillhouse Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center. Bright-Holland Funeral Home has scheduled a celebration of life graveside service for noon on Tuesday, Sept. 15th, at Providence Cemetery with Grandson Josh Ray officiating. A formal visitation isn’t scheduled; however, friends may pay their respects at the funeral home through Tuesday morning.

Exie, the daughter of Archie Ringwald & Clara Erwin Ringwald, was born Aug. 18, 1929, in the Manchester Community of Red River County. She worked as a telephone operator for Southwestern Bell Telephone before beginning a career with Sears-Roebuck, from which she retired, after many years of service in 1988. The position Exie held most dear, however, was that of devoted wife, loving mother and excellent homemaker. She will be remembered by all who knew her as kind, caring and compassionate.

Exie was a faithful member of First Baptist Church where she loved teaching First Grade Sunday School for many years. One of her favorite scriptures was “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6

Exie was preceded in death by her husband of 67 years, Jim Hal Ray, on May 26, 2014, her parents, Archie & Clara Ringwald, and her sister, Mary Couch.

Survivors include three children; Mike Ray (Terry) of Paris, TX, Tim Ray (Linda) of East TX and Terri Long (Dawl) of Lewisville, TX, grandsons; Chris Long (Angie), Clint Long (Lisa), Josh Ray (Janelle) and Adam Ray (Kristin), granddaughters, Kelli Clemons (Andrew) and Kaydee Ray along with ten great grandchildren and a host of friends.

“But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.”1 Corinthians 2:9

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to First Baptist Church, P. O. Box 489, Paris, TX 75461.


  • Graveside Service

    Tuesday, September 15, 2020


Exie E. Ray

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Mike Fuller

September 18, 2020

Mike, Terry, and Tim
The day your mother has longed for is
finally here. She is with Jim again and
they are happy as two kids walking and
talking with their beloved Lord Jesus.
I wish I could tell you just how much
she meant to me but God is the only
one that knows that. To see the way
she ran a household made me understand
the way her children ran their lives.
She showed me by her actions how
a Christian woman conducts herself.
Thank you, Exie Ray, for your example.
Mike Fuller


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