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.