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David Ray



Dies August 29, 2019

Rev. David J. Ray, 78, a well-known Baptist minister and resident of the Sugar Valley Community, died Aug. 29 in Upson County Medical Center.

Rev. Ray was born in Rome on Oct. 2, 1940, son of the late Rev. Walter Jake Ray and Vesta Woody Ray. In addition to his parents, a brother, Jerald Denson Ray died earlier. As an ordained Baptist minister, he served as pastor of Sugar Valley First Baptist Church, Sugar Valley, Wood Station Baptist Church, LaFayette, Temple Baptist Church, Dalton, Central Avenue Baptist Church, Trion, New Town Baptist Church, Calhoun, and Fellowship Baptist Church, Plainville. He loved Southern Gospel Music, and was an accomplished musician. He and his wife Betty enjoyed many years serving the Lord together. After retirement, they enjoyed traveling and camping. He was a member of Heritage Baptist Church and the Senior Adult Sunday School Class.

Surviving are his wife of 59 years, Betty Money Ray; son and daughter-in-law, Greg and Kathy Ray; grandchildren, Autumn and Jared Wilson, Alex and Henry Harstine, and Kobe, Marianna, Jayden and Trace Ray and  great-grandchildren, Waylon, Ellie Kate and Luke Harstine, and Jedidiah and Lennon Wilson.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday from Heritage Baptist Church, with the Rev. Donald Cantrell and the Rev. Dr. William Roberts officiating. Music was arranged by Kenny Herron and the Heritage Baptist Church choir, under the direction of Gina Daniel. Burial was in the Sugar Valley Baptist Church Cemetery, with the Rev. Mitchell Crowe officiating. Active pallbearers were Henry Harstine, Jared Wilson, Rev. Mark Yoho, Buddy Moss, Larry Brown, Eddie Watkins, and Rev. Mitch Phillips. Honorary pallbearers were area ministers and their spouses, the Senior Adult Sunday School Class of Heritage Baptist Church, Terry and Dianne Hicks, and Robert Dobson.

The family will receive friends at Heritage Baptist Church, 345 Curtis Pkwy, Calhoun, on Friday August 30th, from 4:00 PM until 8:00 PM

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Max Brannon and Sons Funeral Home of Calhoun is honored to be serving the family of Rev. David J. Ray, of Sugar Valley, GA.


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