OBITUARY

Raymond "Ray" Thomas Pilgreen Jr.

December 4, 1961March 11, 2019
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PELL CITY – Celebration of Life Service for Raymond “Ray” Thomas Pilgreen, Jr., age 57, will be held Saturday, March 16 at 2:00 p.m. at Cropwell Baptist Church. Inurnment will be Friday, March 22 at 11:45 a.m. at the Alabama National Cemetery in Montevallo. Mr. Pilgreen passed away Monday, March 11, 2019. He is preceded in death by his father, Raymond Thomas Pilgreen, Sr. He is survived by his wfe, Ann Pilgreen; daughters of his heart, Charla Boswell, Tammi Arrington (Dusty), Marissa McMillan (Jay Mathis); mother, Atha W. Pilgreen; sister, Jan P. Scott (David); grandson, Parker Arrington; nieces & nephews, Erin McCormick (Jody), Savannah & McKenna, Thomas Scott (Heather), Walker & Wyatt, Richard Scott (Genie); uncle, Gary Pilgreen (Joyce). Ray had a servant’s heart and loved his country. He served in the military in Special Forces. He was a member of Cropwell Baptist Church and a Mason. He served the Lord every day by the way he lived his life. Condolences may be offered to the Pilgreen family online at www.kilgroefh.com Kilgroe Funeral Home – Pell City will direct the service

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Celebration of Life Saturday, March 16, 2019

OTHER SERVICES:

  • Interment
REMEMBERING

Raymond "Ray" Thomas Pilgreen Jr.

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Terry Quarles

March 18, 2019

Ray deployed with me to Spain in 1985 in support of a Joint Combined Exercise Training event with a Spanish Airborne Battalion. We were teaching Pathfinder Operations to include aerial resupply operations. Ray was always a consummate professional and in my view clearly embodied the Special Forces motto of being a "Quiet Professional". I had a chance to catch up with Ray a couple years ago at another Riggers' funeral in Gadsden, AL, and while only for a short time, it truly was good to catch up with him. Ray was a good man and I am sure will be missed by all those who loved him and knew him. Rest in peace brother! De Oppresso Liber.....

Elizabeth Watson Mahek

March 16, 2019

My memories of Ray are from his younger years, mostly at Arbor Church and through his family. He was always smiling, not just a regular smile but his whole face & sparkling eyes. He had an amazing Christian father who taught him how to be a man and a loving Christian mother. He was fun loving, a good sportsman and well loved. My prayers for all who loved him & respected him.
Mrs. Atha and Jan, I am so sorry for your loss, please accept my heartfelt sympathy. Love, Elizabeth Ann

John Crain

March 15, 2019

Like to pass my condolences to the family very sorry for the loss. I worked with Ray at APro.Ray was a special person always easy going and smiling,we had some great conversations bout nascar almost every time we seen one another,again sorry for the loss.Praying for y’all 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

Teresa Haisten Carden

March 14, 2019

I have lots of memories. At the age of 5 we became neighbors in the Mill Village, 26th Street. Ray was all boy. He made me the tomboy I was in school. From playing chicken on bicycles to rock throwing battles and all the wonderful "boy sports" football (tackle...knock down and drag you across the field) baseball...busted noses and parachute tents from his dad's Air National Guard days. Oh and let's not forget pet snakes in the monkeygrass. Boy did we have an amazing old fashioned (kid) childhood.
My husband and I were blessed to reconnect with Ray and his wife in the last year and he shared his testimony and his desire to be here with his mother and help her. We don't understand now why he was taken but God's plan is perfect. We will see him again. My prayers are with each of you.

Myr Carlisle

March 12, 2019

I saw Ray just last month. He was sharing and rejoicing in his love of Christ. He will be missed here on earth. Ms. Atha, I especially pray for you. Prayers for all the loved ones left here without Ray. He was a powerful witness for God and the redeeming blood of our Lord and Savior. As he stepped out my office door his last words were "God Loves You". A life well-lived. I wish he could have tarried longer but God called him on home. Ray's work here on earth being done.

Rae Clayton

March 12, 2019

Prayers and comfort sent to the family. I graduated with Ray from high school and I just saw him last class reunion. I am truly sorry for your loss and he will be missed by all who knew him.

Rae Clayton

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