Ray Vickes Lail

August 28, 1923March 19, 2014
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Ray Vickes Lail, 90, of Troutman died Wednesday, March 19, 2014, at Gordon Hospice House. He was born August 28, 1923, in Taylorsville and was the son of the late Ralph George and Beulah Mae Vickers Lail. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Marine Corp in the Pacific Theatre, and was a member of the American Legion in Troutman. He was a retired Vice-President of S & S Trucking Company and participated in the Dixie Classic Fair in Raleigh for many years. He was a faithful and active member of Troutman Baptist Church where he taught Sunday school for 53+ years, was known as the “candy man,” and was active in their ministry to the shut-ins. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Nell Pennell Lail, whom he married on September 13, 1973; two brothers, George “Buck” Lail and Glenn Lail; and two sisters, Ruth “Sissy” Goodin and Nancy Westmoreland. He is survived by four daughters, Leslie (Jim) Bost of Statesville, Trudy (Freddie) Ellis of Caledonia, Mississippi, Fonda (Dan) Notch of Raleigh, and Vickie (Pete) Bailey of Mooresville; three brothers, John “Bud” (Hazel) Lail and Bobby Lail, both of Troutman, and Tommy (Doris) Lail of Mickelton, New Jersey; nine grandchildren, James “Jamie” (Helen) Bost, Kim (Steve) Garris, Chris (Carmen) Ellis, Tiffany (Brent) Harris, Robert “Bud” (April) Ellis, Michelle (Ray) Lane, Jody Braswell, Joe (Kari) Notch and Cassidy Bailey; four step-grandchildren, Lisa, Danny, Shane and Dawn Bailey; 17 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Funeral service celebrating Ray’s life will be held at 11:00 AM Saturday, March 22, 2014, at Troutman Baptist Church with the Rev. J.B. Parker and the Rev. Chris Ellis officiating. Burial will follow at Iredell Memorial Gardens with military rites accorded by the Iredell County Veterans Council Burial Detail. The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 PM tonight, March 21, at Bunch-Johnson Funeral Home, and at other times will gather at the home of the brother, Bobby Lail, 173 Cedar Lane, Troutman. Condolences may be sent to the family online at For those who prefer, memorial contributions may be made to Troutman Baptist Church, P.O. Box 285, Troutman, NC 28166; or to the Gordon Hospice House, 2341 Simonton Road, Statesville, NC 28625. The family would like to express a special thanks to his CNA at Autumn Care, Jessica Harris, for her compassionate care. Bunch-Johnson Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements.


  • Visitation Friday, March 21, 2014
  • Funeral Service Saturday, March 22, 2014

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Brenda Elliott

March 22, 2014

Leslie and family so sorry to hear about the loss of your Dad he was Mamas buddy at Autumn Care. Prayers for your strength during this time. Love to all
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Susan Foster

March 21, 2014

We love you all and pray for strength and peace, knowing Mr. Lail is in a better place - no more suffering. Love Susan and Bernice

Donna Dunnagan

March 21, 2014

Michelle, so sorry for your loss! Grandfathers are the libraries of the family. They protect us when we're little and share their wisdom as we grow up. May the God of comfort bring you and your family peace now and in the days ahead.

Missie Belk

March 21, 2014

Your family is in our thoughts and prayers each and every day! Love to you all! :)

Herb Guyer-Sharfenaker USMC

March 21, 2014

God Bless/RIP,to ALL who served in WWII. The USA would NOT be as it is today.Thank YOU for your service,in the Marine Corps Ray,and SEMPER FI.

Bunch-Johnson Funeral Home

March 21, 2014

Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.

Teresa and Russ Kagle

March 20, 2014

Leslie, Trudy, Fonda and Vickie-I know that this is a difficult time. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. It is hard to let our parents go but we all know that they are at peace now and in a better place. We will see them again someday but until that time they will be missed greatly. My love to all of you and your families.