To All Of My Aiken Friends Who Knew & Loved Mr. Ray Hydrick:
Mr. Ray met Jesus face to face in Heaven Friday (yesterday) morning around 7:00 am at the age of 96. During this same time and same Friday, his Aiken Mens' Prayer Breakfast Brothers were meeting & praying as they have since 1 September 1976 at various locations from the old Ramada Inn, Hotel Aiken, Memorial Baptist Church, Shoneys and now at Auten's Restaurant. How perfect a tribute that God gave Ray for him to go to Heaven on a Blessed Friday that was so special and important for him to be there every Friday morning's prayer breakfast leading us all in prayer until his failing health kept him away. He has been in my life since birth thru yesterday with my Dad, Ed Clerc, being one of his closest friends! Young adults just starting out in their married lives years ago would rely on Ray's appliance business to purchase refrigerators, stoves, televisions, etc., and found trust & love of people in Ray Hydrick. I was blessed also in the early seventies for Ray to help my son, Keith's mom and myself with very little money to purchase some badly needed appliances. Ray's friendship & trust in Ed Clerc helped to establish my first credit history, and made buying a refrigerator, washer & dryer possible. Kids starting out today don't have that hometown caring person to help their foundation of getting their homes established anymore, and I am blessed to have not only purchased appliances from this fine man, but also the honor of God putting Ray in my prayer life with this fine Christian Gentlemens' Prayer Breakfast from 1976 to present! May God Welcome Him Into His Kingdom To Suffer No More Eternally With Jesus, Amen!