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Richard Preston Ray, 71, of Flat Rock, died Friday, April 25, 2014 at Silver Oaks Health Campus.
Richard P. Ray was born June 22, 1942 to Charles Preston and Madesta R. (Thomas) Ray in Columbus. He graduated from Hauser High School in 1960 and served in the U.S. Navy from May 1960 to June 1963.
He was a truck driver for most of his career. He was an avid fisherman and enjoyed pitching horse shoes in tournaments. He was a farrier and liked riding horses.
Survivors include his mother, Madesta R. (Thomas) Ray of Columbus; two sons, Greg (Michael Flagg) Eaton of Glenview, Ill., and Ryan Preston Ray of Fayetteville, N.C.; one grandson, Lewis Preston Ray also of North Carolina; a brother, Chuck (Kim) Ray of Hartsville; sisters, Lynn Hedden of Seymour, Va., (David) Palmer of Indianapolis, Anita (Tom) Beeker of Hope, Rocky (David) Lortz of Hope, and Nancy (Jay) Shoaf of Hope; and 17 nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father; a brother, Robert A. Ray; and a nephew, Daniel T, Beeker.
Memorial donations can be sent to Premier Hospice of Seymour, the American Lung Association, the American Cancer Society or the donor’s choice of charities.
A private service will be held later in May. Cremation and arrangements are being handled through Norman Funeral Home in Hope.
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