Granddaddy! It just dawned on me tonight that you might have a guest book like Grandma has, and yay, I found it! I'm trying to keep the tears in as I think of you and Grandma. I love y'all so much. Thank you for you and Grandma's legacy of showing us the way to our Savior, Jesus Christ! And thank you for the memories! I was just telling Gabby about how you used to grow tomatoes, and for so many years, mom and I would go pick them and can them. I loved it!! I want to start canning again haha. I don't think I'll ever forget the process either. ;) and the dollar bills! I remember you loving to give us dollars when we were kids. and the scary story about the white lady..omg, i can't remember it exactly. I think I need to start doing brain exercises because I can't remember all the stuff from when I was a kid. There was so much though, memories, that is. Oh, and how could I forget how HUGE of a fan you were of the seminoles and Bobby Bowden (go gators haha ;) ) Man, you and grandma were such a huge part of my childhood. I am so happy we were all so close. OMG, apples and salt!! learned that one from you, love it!! You always had that salt shaker to by your recliner. I'm so re-living memories right now. and the pontoon boat, soooo much fun!! I love you granddaddy. Tell grandma I said hi! Till we meet again in Heaven... :o)
Today is your birthday daddy. You are the most amazing man that I knew. No one can and will take your place. I cherish so many great memories and will never forget them. You leave behind a great legacy for all to remember and to believe that you truly were a man of God. You are now up there with the Great I Am, Jesus Christ. Wow! Things will never be the same now that you and moma are up in Heaven. We will do as you and moma has done, to share the good news of Jesus Christ.
We met George Sr. many years ago at Salisbury Center, NY where he and wife Alice drove up for the wedding of their son George Jr. and our daughter Corrine. Since that time we have driven down to visit the family. It ha been a grand adventure getting to know all the Ray family and sharing Christian fellowship with "daddy" Ray, drinking an ice cold glass of tomatoe juice that he had made. So long for now, we will see you again when the Lord calls our name.
Sorry for you loss.
May you find peace through fine memories
In the twenty-four years I was married to your daughter,you were alot of different things to me,George.A father,a teacher, a mentor, a friend. You would call it like you saw it.You helped me from day one.If not for you my family wouldn't have grown up the way they have.You helped us out of quite a few scrapes.Many times without being asked.That is just the way you were.A wise,generous friend without judgement.I have many fond memories of you.From playing tennis(I never took a set),to the time you came out and played tackle football with us in your fifties.The times I helped you with various projects are the most memorable. You were always quick to remind me that I didn't know what the hell I was doing,and that I needed to listen to you.I'm sure your sons can back me up on this one.You were never one to waste time. If the game was already decided,you were on to something else.
Of all the things you ever taught me through the years,one stands out. Once something is done,it's done. Or as you would say "You can't unscramble eggs".So move on and do better next time.I'm not telling you I've done this everytime,just that I was listening and I got message.You were always a great source for advice and inspiration.For that I am eternally grateful.You were more of a father to me than my own.Thank you for being such a good friend. I love you,George.
George Ray is a man of God. We still on Earth may have an absence in our heart but George Ray has had a piece of his heart completed. He gets to spend Valentine's Day with his wife Alicia Ray in heaven dancing the days away. No cares no worry. Whom ever my Great Grandfather, George met he touched their lives. I had the honor at one point in his life to help him potentially save others. " Repent and Confess Jesus Christ to people everywhere " and this indeed he did. I have had the pleasure to know him just as many others and everyone who does know him knows he is a man of God. He is up on Heaven right now with many jewels in his holy crown. Eating a feast, and meeting some family who have also come to meet Jesus. All in all George Vernon Ray was very much loved and respected and now he shall be missed.
~ I love you Great Grandpa ( Grandpa with the white hair ) and I always will. To infinity and beyond
" Oh the places you'll go ". - Dr Seuss
Daddy Ray, I will always be grateful how you and Mama accepted me into your wonderful family and made me a part of y'all right from the start. I will always remember your generosity to so many, how you helped George and I without reservation, letting our family live with you several times over the years. You were such an encouragement to us when we started our business.and never doubted that we could make it. In the earlier years of our marriage your testimony of the love, forgiveness and grace of the Lord had an impact on me and still rings in my heart. It was so sad and difficult to see you fade from the vigorous man that you were, always on the move, working in your tomato garden, tending to your roses, golfing frequently, to succumbing to illness. Your passing was bittersweet as I knew my husband had lost his remaining parent on earth but sweet in knowing that you are no longer suffering but are safe in the arms of the Savior. It was a pleasure knowing you and I look forward joining you and Mama again when we all gather together on the other side with Jesus. I love you Daddy Ray. Kiss Mama for me and tell her we will laugh again together one day in the sweet by and by.
To the Family of George,
May you find comfort in knowing that this grief is only but for awhile. I know that very soon you all will be having a big family reunion up in heaven. Your dad was one of the finest people that I have known. He lived just like he preached and I am forever thankful that our lives crossed while working for Ivy Steel.
Vickie & Ronnie Hollister
Lydia, I am sorry for your loss....May the Lord embrace you with his loving arms and give you peace that your grandfather is resting in His arms. We will keep you and your family in our prayers.....Much love to all of you. Love Caroline (Mimi) & Mitch.
Grandpa im so blessed, that i got to know you the way i did, even through your sickness, it was a blessing
I still remember how you would always, even to the end , tell everyone "god bless you" you might have forgot thing grandpa but you never forgot your maker , you never forgot the name jesus christ , you were a truely wonderful man of the lord and like i said i want to think god for the time he allowed me to have with you and the impact that you put in my life :)..
and he took you home ,i dont want to say you died ..., you went home to your loves for valentines day and im realy feeling peace for you and no longer grief because you can finally be with your true loves and dance with them (jesus/the lord and your wife/great nana) for eternity and heaven gained a very poeerful angel and even though we're all missing you down here i know that you are happy and thats all that matters that your not suffering anymore that your at peace...
and i also remember when you would give me a whole wad of tracks to give out...all my life you were a giver and defenitly not a quitter.
Well grandpa i love you and you will truely be missed by all of us including me...i just wish i couldve sang to you or hugged u one last time before you went but i know that you will rest in peace with granny and jesus .
in loving memory of a true man George Vernon Ray ,I LOVE YOU BROTHER! <3
I will miss you so much, but will cherish the memories that I have of you. Thanks for all the gardening tips, trips to Disney and tomato mayonaise sandwiches! Kiss Grandma for me!
Mr. Ray truly was a walking testimony, & reached many souls. He will forever be in out hearts. Prayers for the family. Praise the Lord, he is home now.
What rejoicing there must have been at Heaven's Gate, when George slipped from our earthly world into God's Heavenly World. Being greeted by his sweet Alice and his first born son, my sweet Bobby, must have been quite a sight to behold. One of my earliest memories of George, when he was my new father-in-law, was of him sitting at his computer, playing a game, while a Jaguar Football was playing on the TV. When I started talking about football to him, he stopped playing his game, turned his head to look at me. I recall him asking, "You like football?" I said yes & had been a Season Ticket holder since their beginning. The expression on his face was somewhere between disbelief and respect. Bobby, in the background, was telling him "she knows more about football than me!" We laughed. Bobby walked away and then George then showed me the game he was playing on the computer. He had fun trying to teach it to me. Lots of sweet memories. To all the Rays and the extended family, I am praying that God will wrap His loving arms of comfort around each one of you. And while we rejoice for him, those left behind are feeling a deep sadness, at his loss. But God does give each of you something very special and unique to only you - and that is sweet memories. "When someone we love becomes a memory, that memory becomes a treasure." George left lots of treasures behind. God does have a plan for healing from our grief at the loss of a loved one. But, there is no book of the Bible, entitled Grief. His plan for comfort and healing is found throughout the Bible. After Bobby passed away in 2007, I found a biblically based grief program that helped me tremendously. If you go to www.griefshare.org, you can sign up for a daily email from them for 365 days. They are brief, always biblically based and can be a great source of comfort.
To all of you I know, I am terribly sorry, for your loss. All of you I know are wonderful people and that says a lot for both your parents. God bless you all and Mr. Ray (Mr. Roses). Peace be with you!
We will miss you Mr. Ray. It was an honor and a pleasure to be there for you in your final days. We love you rest in peace.
Words can not express my love and appreciation that I had such a wonderful,man of God be my grandfather. I am overwhelmed with grief but peace. I know he is surrounded by the Father and his true love,son and other family members we have lost along the way.. Ill never forget his teachings and love that he showed. I love you grandpa. You will be forever in my heart
Grand papa you were the best grandpa I could have ever wished for!I am so happy you have met put sweet maker !Our Savior Christ Jesus!I will always Love you!!!