Willis J. Ray
  • 81 years old
  • Date of birth: Mar 15, 1932
  • Date of passing: Feb 24, 2014
Let the memory of Willis be with us forever

Willis J. Ray, 81, a longtime resident of Durham passed away Monday, February 24, 2014 at his home.

A native of Wake County the son of the late Joseph Carlton and Katie Rigsbee Ray.  He was a member of New Light Baptist Church and retired from American Tobacco Company.

Graveside services will be conducted at 2:00 P.M. Thursday, February 27th, 2014 in Carolina Memorial Gardens in Creedmoor, North Carolina.

Surviving are his wife Bobbie Estes Ray of sixty-three years of the home, one daughter Kelley Ray Russell (Ronald) of Rougemont, three sons; Dennis Ray (Brenda), Ricky Ray (Debbie) and Randy Ray (Tammy) all of Durham, two sisters; Beatrice Riggsbee and Martha Rigsbee both of Durham, a brother, Joe Ray of Durham, three granddaughters, three grandsons, one great- granddaughter and two great-grandsons.

Flowers are accepted.

Visitation will be held Wednesday Evening, February 26, 2014 from 7:00 – 8:30 P.M. at Eakes Funeral Home in Creedmoor and at other times the home.

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Christin Sapikowski on 27th February 2014

"So sad to hear about the passing of Uncle Willis. I will forever hold fond memories and smiles when I think of him. Wish I could have been there at the funeral to support you you all but know I am praying for you all."

This tribute was added by Kimmie Willett on 26th February 2014

""Our thoughts go out with prayers to The Ray Family, especially to his son and daughter-in law.  We love you Randy and Tammy.

"From the Willett family, Todd, Kimmie & Cody""

This tribute was added by MILLARD THACKER on 25th February 2014

"Our deepest sympathy, thoughts and prayers go to the Willis J. Ray Family, especially to his daughter Kelly and his Grandson Eric.  

2002 Ruritan National President"

This tribute was added by Vincent Reed on 25th February 2014

"From the Reed family, we are praying for yall."

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Lynn Cox


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