Boyce H. Ray, Jr., age 82, of Highway 411 East, Rome, and a former long time resident of the Sherwood Forest Community, died early Thursday morning, May 1st, 2008 at Redmond Regional Medical Center in Rome.
A native of Gordon County, Mr. Ray was born on April 24th, 1926, the son of the late Boyce H. Ray, Sr. and the late Dimple Edmondson Ray. He had been a resident of Floyd County for more than 50 years and was a member of the Sherwood Forest Baptist Church. Mr. Ray was a graduate of Calhoun High School. As a youth Mr. Ray was a member of the Boy Scouts of America and attained the rank of Eagle Scout. He attended and graduated from West Georgia Jr. College and was a 1950 graduate of the University of Georgia. Mr. Ray was a World War II veteran having served in the United States Navy aboard the U.S.S. LSM 132 and the U.S.S. Atlas. He was a mason, was youth football coach with the Boys Club of Rome and the Rome/Floyd Recreation Department for over 30 years. He was a member of Adams-Coker-Covington-Watters American legion Post #52 and prior to his retirement he was associated with Inland Rome, serving as a Lab Technician. Mr. Ray was preceded in death by a sister, Frances Moore. He was married on October 15th, 1949 to Edith Louise Headrick Ray who preceded him in death on January 31st, 2006.
Survivors include 2 daughters and sons-in-law, Deborah and Bill Staney of Rome and Beth and Kevin Cornett of Cartersville, GA.; 1 son and daughter-in-law, Boyce H. Ray, III and his wife Fran of Rome;5 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, 3 step-grandchildren and 5 step-great-grandchildren also survive as do a sister, Louise King of Cartersville and a special friend, Richard Burris. Nieces and nephews also survive.
Funeral services for Mr. Ray will be held Sunday afternoon, May 4th, 2008 at 2 o'clock from the Parkview Chapel of Fred Talley's Funeral Home with Dr. Ralph Jenkins officiating. Interment will follow in the Fain Cemetery in Calhoun, GA. with Shanklin-Attaway Post #5 American Legion Honor Guard conducting military graveside rites.
Members of Shanklin-Attaway Post #5 American Legion Honor Guard will serve as active pallbearers.
Mr. Ray will remain at Fred Talley's Parkview Chapel where the family will receive friends this (Saturday) evening from 6 until 9 o'clock. At other hours they will be at their respective homes.
Please join the family in honoring Boyce H. Ray, Jr. by visiting www.talleysparkviewchapel.com and posting your tributes and memories.Fred Talley's Parkview Chapel Funeral Home is in charge of the funeral arrangements for Boyce H. Ray, Jr.