I worked with Clovis a short time at Wachovia bank,I remember him always being so nice and trying to help me out with any goals I needed to meet for the month.The one thing we did have in common was Im an identical twin myself. I was talking with a friend of mine who was in the military and also deployed, even after its been a year or more I thought of Clovis Ray and how he made an impact on me he was an all around great person. Thank you for having the courage to serve our country you will always be remembered.
To the family of 2nd Lt. Clovis T. Ray:
Clovis gave the ultimate sacrifice and will be held in the hearts of Americans forever. I cannot and will not let our fallen heroes be forgotten. My deepest sympathy to you. "Some gave all."
I made a poster at school remembering the soldiers that passed away fighting for our country. Since we were able to choose our person, i stumbled upon Mr. Ray's story and found it very touching. Since it has almost been his one year anniversary, i would just like to wish his family the best and send them my prayers. Rest in peace Mr. Ray (: thank you for what you have done
Thank you Lt. Ray ! May you walk with the Lord; May God Bless and Comfort your family.
To keep us free and safe. God bless you and may the lord take of those left behind
Sir it was a pleasure and an honor to work with you in Afghanistan! RIP brother and know that you will never be forgotten!
Thank you for your sacrifice Lt. God Bless you and your family.
Thank you for your sacrifice for our country.
I met Clovis during the first week I was on campus as Macalester. He was so welcoming and easy to get along with. My friendship with him would last thoughout our years at Macalester. I remember him lending a shoulder to cry on, always there when you needed a friend. I remember him being the most loyal brother to his twin and also to his teammates at Macalester. I remember his ability show up and create a party atmosphere with his huge personality and smile. He was an eternal motivater, always pushing those who knew him to be their best while pushing himself at the same time. I was so lucky to be touched by his friendship. May you rest in peace, I look forward to seeing you again in heaven.
Clovis, I remember that first year at Mac. I could barely tell you or Eddie apart, except you guys had to wear jerseys with your numbers! You were a bright light of hope for us then, always optimistic, hard-working, and with a quick smile. You continue to be a ray of hope for me now Clovis. I'll see you on the other side my friend.
My condolences and prayers are with the Ray family. Clovis was a very respectful and true gentleman. He assisted my mother during his employment at Wachovia and he left a lasting impression on both of us. I prayed for him when he spoke of joining the Army. My heart goes out to his wife, son and family.
No words can ever express our heart felt thanks. May you rest in peace, and may God bless your family and loved ones.
Thank you for your sacrifice to keep us free. You are a true hero and had a larger than life heart. Freedom is never free. Thank you to you and your family. Gods speed soldier!!
You will be in our thought and prayers. I wish I could turn back the clock and make changes as I'm sure you would too. Judging by the turn out and all the heartfelt stories shared, he was a wonderful man. We are blessed that our sons chose to serve, but I wish your boy had also returned safely home. Renee S. (granddaughter of Estelle and W.C.)
You have touched so many people, and you will be greatly missed. You and your family are in my prayers.
You gave your life that we may have freedom. You didn't talk the talk, you walked the walk. The lives you have touched are many and you will be remembered by all. I regret that I never knew you on a personal level, but I forever thank you for the ultimate sacrifice you have made for all of us to live a life free to worship our Christian belief in Jesus Our Lord. Your family are in my thoughts and prayers, may God comfort each and every one of them.
May God Bless you in your ime of grief! I want to thank you for the ultimate sacrifice!
My thoughts and prayers go out to the Ray family. Clovis, thank you for serving our country. It is an honor to say that I went to school with you, granted I was in elementary & you were in high school. But you & your brother were always so nice by saying hi to this nerdy elementary kid...always made me feel special & cool! Your inspiration when coming to our classes & the pep rally pep talks have never and will never be forgotten. Thank You for being you and staying true to yourself. You will forever be missed but never forgotten. You are a hero.
Clovis was a true friend, he will truely be missed.
May the Ray family know that we are praying for you to have strength during this sad time of losing your precious Clovis. We thank him so much and are also saddened that he gave his life for our freedom. It is known that freedom is never free. Live Oak County does call him our hero. May God keep you in his care.
It was an honor for this old Vietnam vet to salute you this morning. I'm grateful for your service to our country. I pray that God bless and keep your family in His loving arms. R.I.P. my brother,
I've had the honor to "hand salute" at Luke Dr. on LAFB. You are a "brother in arms". We love and respect you. I am honored to have served with you and am grateful for your commitment to your service men and woman. You are an American Warrior, Patriot, and Hero.
You will always be our small town hero.you were then and you are now even as you past you will always have our hearts as the TWIN that is great.thank you for inspiring in ways you will never get to know.we will miss you
We want to express our gratitude to you, Clovis and to a family that has been though much adversity through the years and has always prevailed. I am proud to have known you even though it was an acquaitance. God bless you and your loved ones in this time of great sadness...
Truly a great young man from a great family. You have lived by example a life of giving to the end. Your family will all be blessed on earth by God as you wait in joy in beautiful heaven. Rest in peace Clovis. God bless the Ray family.
Clovis you are in the arms of the LORD now.You gave all you could for us. WE will all miss you, and are proud of you.
Thank u for all u done. U will be miss.we all love u .
God Bless you Clovis. Your dedication and sacrifice to our country will never be forgotton. True hero.
Thank you very much and u will be greatly missed
I have heartfelt sympathy all of you for the ultimate sacrifice your son/brother/husband/father made for our country. He knew the risks and still chose to serve; a true exhibition of heroism. I am proud to have known Clovis as a child and even more proud of the man he became. May God comfort and bless you all.
Sending prayers and comfort to your family Clovis. May they find peace in this sad time.
to the ray family thank you so much for letting your son, husband, an brother for the service he did for our country. he protected my children an myself as well as others. I am proud to say that I was raised and graduated from three rivers. Clovis you did your duties that God put you here on earth to do and now he has called you home..
I would like to say god bless you and your family, you have shown us that the people of three rivers can come together and show the love and appreciation for one of our own you will never be forgotten for putting your life on the line for us THANK YOU! I can't even say that enough
Dear Ray Family ,
I was sad to hear of the loss of your son, Clovis Ray . He is a hero in my heart . God Bless his wife ,son ,sibblings and parents .
My thoughts and prayers go out to the Ray family. Thank you Clovis, for serving our country, for the ultimate sacrifice.
Rest in peace. Many blessings being sent out to your family.
Clovis, thank you for being a hero, you will always be in our hearts…prayers to your family…
Our prayers go out to the Ray family. Clovis will be dearly missed. It was an honor to have known him. What a hero he was. God Bless,
Dear Ray family,You are in our prayers.We remember when Clovis and Eddie were little.Iam very sorry for Clovis'family
Thought and prayers for the family.May God bless Clovis a true American Hero always in our hearts.
You are a true hero, Clovis. May you rest in peace. Sending prayers for your family.
I only read his story. I was very touched by it and want to send love to family. A true hero to all
Dear Ray Family, I am merely a citizen of Live Oak county that has great empathy for what your family is experiencing. I have a son in the military but feel as though they are all part of my family. Warriors that unfailingly do what is right.When others run away the military goes forward.To the Ray family, please know that there are many that consider Clovis a hero.May God Bless and be with your family through this time.
Hugs and prayers for your family. We greatly appreciate your dedication and your sacrifice for our country. Rest in peace Clovis.
My thoughts and prayers go out to your family. You are a true hero and you will never be forgotten in Three Rivers. Thank you for your bravery.
Clovis you lived life to its fullest and it was very enjoyable watching you grow up in good old Three Rivers, it is seldom one knows someone he cannot say anything bad about my friend but you fit that bill! You always carried yourself well and always seemed very proud of who you were.
As I sit here struggling for the right words Clovis they just do not seem to come easily. I cannot express boldly enough in front of God and anyone that reads this how much I admired you while you walked amongst us and how much I admire you now.
Sir you had a very successful life going and gave it up to protect me and my family and you paid the ultimate sacrifice but in a way you are better off than those of us left behind because you are with God already!
I wish you were here to watch you family grow old but I guess that was just not God's plan for you! To your family I offer my condolences and thanks for sharing this fine man with us all!
I am a better man for knowing you Clovis Ray. God bless you all and God Bless America!!
My prayers and thoughts go to the Ray family. Clovis will be missed dearly. He was a great man and a true friend to all that knew him.
To the Ray family,
Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. Clovis thank you for your service to our country. Thank you, Lord, for planting the love and sense of duty of one's country in the hearts of men and women, like Clovis. Without them we would not have the freedom, that the statesmen founded our Great Nation on. Ray family thank you for allowing Three Rivers to share in the celebration of Clovis' life.
David Brown (Class of '90) & Deborah (Melchor) Brown (Class of '95) and family
To the family of our American Hero,
I cannot imagine the grief you are experiencing. I pray that God's grace and presence are very real to you during this time. I want you to know that I value and respect the service Clovis provided for our country...and for me. I know you will miss this dear man, and I know that there will be some lonely days ahead. I am sorry. While I didn't know Clovis personally, I know that he indeed, died protecting me. I do not take that lightly. Please know that your family is in my prayers. God's peace and comfort to you all...
RIP dear Clovis! You will be missed by all!
May god be with the family through this difficult time. And a great thanks to Clovis for all he did.
Our condolences to the Ray family. May the Lord grant ya'll his comfort and strenth during this trying time. As we know that Clovis may no longer be on this earth but his spirit will remain with all those whose lives he impacted.
God rest your soul, Praying for your family & friends.
GOD bless your soul Clovis for giving your life to serve our country. May GOD bless your family and friends and comfort them in knowing that you are with our LORD now.
I've read how Clovis has been referred to as a fallen soldier, but in my opinion he is NOT a fallen soldier cus his SPIRIT has risen to Heaven..Clovis was not only our backdoor neighbor, He was my daughters good friend as well as his brother Eddie. He graduated with her in 1995.He played Football with my son n law and was oustanding player.His parents are down to earth people who taught their children to always respect others. In a small town like Three Rivers everyone tends to know each other esp. the ones who have lived here all their life.It was heart breaking to know that his life had been taken for our Country..He IS a Hero but even before that he was JUST Clovis, the guy who made friends everywhere and was loved by all.My condolences to his loving wife n child, Mr. n Mrs. Ray, Bob Jr., Jennifer,Eddie..I know he is Resting in Peace in Gods Hands..>ps. a quick example of Clovis kindness n respect for others,yall know boys usually round around without shirts on, well when he would come over to the house, he and his brother would out of respect put on their shirts as asked by Christinas dad.lol "old fashion" as they jumped over their fence and when they left, I would see them quickly take them off as they jumped back over to their house.This is how I will always remember Clovis,that smile he put on all faces.A lil boy I saw grow up to be an exceptionl Man, R.I.P. Clovis
Our sincerest condolences to the Ray family.God bless U
Thank you for your service so that we may remain free. You will be missed by our community. May God bless you and Keep you..
Thank you for serving our country, may you rest in peace Clovis. Im glad I got to know u in school. U will be greatly missed. Your family is in my prayer....
My deepest condolences to the Community of Three Rivers and to the Ray Family. God Bless you all.
We will miss you, sweet Clovis. You will forever be remembered as one of the good guys.
Thank You For Giving Up Your Freedom To Fight For Ours, Your One Amazing Man & A Hero!! In Our Hearts & Soul, God Bless You & The Family You Leave Behind.
Your One Amazing Man, Thank You For Giving Up Your Freedom To Fight For Ours! God Bless You & Your Family!! <3
My prayers are with the Ray family. It was a honor & a privilege to know Clovis. A fine young man whos standards were so high.
Rest well, brave frind, in the arms of God.
RIP Clovis.....we graduated TR '95, we were friends, back door neighbors for the longest.....very sweet guy.....Many prayers going out to ur Wife, Son, Mr.& Mrs.Ray, Eddie, Bob Jr. and Jennifer.....
Thank God for men like clovis, he will forever be a hero, he paid the ultimate price for us as a country and know that his sacrifice is appreciated!!!!! My heart goes out to the family for such a great loss.....our prayers are with you!!!!
I got to know Clovis as a little girl growing up, watching him in sports and hanging out with my brother and sister.He was a awesome, never giving up type of person. He always had smiles and laughs for everything and anyone. It wil definetly will not be the same without him in our earth, but we are seriously proud of our HOME TOWN HERO! My condolences to The Ray family,his wife and kids. Thank you for sharing your son with us.He is going to be missed dearly and I will surely tell my children of the greatest hero we all grew to to know and rememeber.God has brought his angel home to watch over us all and protect all of us still.
The Dobie Family
My prayers and love go to the Ray family. What a brave man. God Bless and keep you all.
Our hearts break for you. May you find confort in knowing that God has another archangel in heaven. Our son had the honor of working with Clovis as his Company Commander. You will forever be in our thoughts and prayers.
I had the Honor of being one of 2LT Ray's OCS instructors, and my husband was his IBOLC instructor. Ray was a wonderful guy who spoke volumes about his wife and son. He had a heart of gold, and wanted nothing more than to serve his country. Asked many of times, why did you join the Army? Being that he was a successful investment banker before joining at 32. He always answered the same, it was something he felt he needed to do. He was always the first to volunteer and the last to quit, always seeking out information and trying to learn and grow. Ray was one of the most excited students on the day of branching when all his hard work paid off and he was able to select the branch he desired most, Infantry. I truly believed in him the day he walked across that stage at the Iron works as 2LT Ray, no longer a candidate....a statement I dont make often. God bless your family in your time of need, know that he loved you, and was trying to do the right thing by serving his country.
Our condolences to the Clovis Family. LT Ray sounded like the kind of young man that you all must have been so proud of, and were blessed to have had in your lives. I just wanted to let you know that I had never heard of him till today but wish I had. We are Army parents (our daughter is on her second deployment) and our hearts are breaking at the loss of such a fine soldier that laid down his life to keep this war away from our shores. Thank you for your extreme sacrifice.
Our sincerest condolences to Clovis' family. We met Clovis when he worked at Wachovia in San Antonio. He was wonderful to know and so helpful. He will be missed more than he could ever have expected. God Bless Clovis and his family. Our hearts go out to all of you. Beth and Hector Garcia, San Antonio, TX
1LT Ray, lets go to work buddy. We miss you so much!
My daughter Kim and I wish to send are sympathy to the Ray Family, my daughter Sheryl and son in law Kyle were friends with Clovis. God Bless
my condolences to the Ray family. I knew Clovis when he worked at Wachoia in San Antonio. I was a customer and I can't express how out of his way Clovis always went to help my family in any situation. Every time I went into the bank Clovis always greeted me with his beautiful smile and knew exactly who I was, even if it was a phone call. My husband who banked elsewhere said, "I think I need to change banks everyone is always so friendly here". I guess that's the way Clovis always was. We are saddened by his loss and honored to have known him if only for a short time.
My prayers and deepest sympathy are sent to Shannon, Dean and Clovis' parents and Eddie. Both Clovis and Eddie were blessings to my son Lee's life. He met them through football at Macalester and a great friendship formed. When Lee was hospitalized for a head injury Clovis and Eddie were the ones that saw he was taken to the hospital. In the 30 days he was in the hospital both of those guys were there to visit every evening and if they both couldn't make it one came but both were there almost every night. They were a great blessing to my husband and I. Clovis was such a wonderful young man and I am very proud to say he was a friend of my son's and a guest at our home several times in their jaunts to and from school during the years at Macalester. Each year I continued to receive a Christmas card from Clovis and then Clovis & Shannon. I am so saddened for all of you. Please know my life and life of our family was greatly enriched from knowing Clovis. Blessings
Rest in peace, we will pray for you and your loved ones.
I know there are no words to say at this time, except how sorry that I am. My thoughts and prayers are with you always. Clovis will never be forgotten.
For you every single soldier
Those who served so honorable
Your life was forever altered
While I'm home safe and free
I stand with grateful admiration
I stand respectful and so proud
I know I'm only a civilian
And I don't even know if it's allowed
But I salute you; allow me the honor
to salute you with permission let me say
Even though I hold no rank know that from my heart
My humble gratitude comes from the deepest part.
I salute you.
For those missing in action;
for those who didn't make it home.
I know you're in God's presence you are not alone.
For every neatly folded flag;
for every shattered family
I will do the only thing I know to dignify your memory.
I salute you, allow me the honor
to salute you with permission let me say
even though I hold no rank know that from my heart
my humble gratitude comes from the deepest part.
I salute you .
I Salute You.
Suzanne MacDaniel - A Proud Aunt
SGT. David M. Fisher
KIA 12/1/04 - Iraq
Please accept my deepest sympathy
for the loss of your loved one
Clovis, and my sincerest gratitude
for his service.
God Bless you 2nd Lt. Clovis T. Ray...
you will not be forgotten.
The 35th Infantry Regiment Association expresses its most sincere feelings during this time of grief. Even though our members have fought in four different wars, we have all walked the same common ground and suffer the loss of our brother in arms, Clovis. We pray and hope that these trying days that lie ahead will lead to a renewed strength in all.
I did not know you personally 2nd Lt. Clovis Ray but you are near and dear to all our hearts as Americans. God bless you son for serving your country and for the ultimate sacrifice. Thank you. God bless and keep your family.
When I had moved from New York to Texas, Clovis made me feel welcome. I met him at Wachovia when I came in to open an account. He always would have a big smile and would come out to talk to me. He was so proud of his family, especialy, his son. His face would just glow while talking about him. I'll always remember the day he told me he was joining the army to serve our country. I felt so proud of him. He was my first friend when I moved to San Antonio. My condolances to his family.
Our condolences from the Figueroa Family.
My prayers go out to Clovis' family. You will be missed and the sacrifice you gave for your country will never be forgotten. Saying thank you is not enough.
My deepest sympathy to the family, friends and colleagues of 2nd Lt. Clovis Ray. May your love & pride in your loved one for a man who took the high road uphold you in the trying times to come. Special prayers for his little boy.
I had the pleasure of working with Clovis at both Citigroup and Wachovia/Wells Fargo. He was an exception person and always had a good word for everyone. He was an exceptional person and will be sadly missed. My condolances go to his family. Thank you for serving this wonderful country. God bless you.
The Final Salute
“Brothers in Arms”, Military men and women down through the centuries, have traditionally exchanged “Hand Salutes” as a sign of recognition and as a way to render courtesy and respect one to another.
This “Hand Salute” is the last that we shall render to 2LT Clovis T. Ray our Brother-in-Arms. To his family it symbolizes the love and respect that we have for Clovis. And to Clovis it is rendered as a symbol of honor and gratitude to thank him for the supreme sacrifice he made for his country while opposing enemy forces in Afghanistan. No greater love is shown than a man lay down his life for another. Clovis, you gave the last full measure of devotion for what you believed in and fought for. You are a brave American Warrior, a true Patriot and a national Hero. With your passing, our Country has lost a National Treasure. We bid you a sad farewell. You will be dearly missed from among our ranks. Be at ease. Rest in Peace.
On behalf of the 1,307 military veteran Legionnaires of Lowe-McFarlane Post 14 of the American Legion in Shreveport, Louisiana, I extend our sympathies and our condolences to Clovis' family and loved ones.
Dennis N. Engdahl, Commander, American Legion Post 14
5315 S. Lakeshore Drive, Shreveport, LA 71109
We offer our heartfelt sympathy to the family and friends of 2ND LT. Ray and we honor his distinguished service to the cause of freedom and liberty. Sadly, America has lost one of its finest heroes, the U.S. has lost a friend and protector, and a family has lost an example of character and courage, which they will love and respect forever. Today, because of the sacrifice 2ND LT. Ray has made, the house of freedom is stronger, sturdier, and more secure.
To the family and friends, of 2ND LT. Ray, I would like you to know that a lot of people pray for you, and my hope is that their prayers will give you the strength necessary to carry on. Just as you were always with him when he was deployed overseas, know that he will always be with you wherever you may be. In the days to follow, may you be strengthened by the fact that 2ND LT. Ray was a man distinguished by exceptional courage and will always be admired for his brave deeds and noble qualities. You, your family and your sacrifice will never be forgotten.
"Our debt to the heroic men and valiant women in the service of our country can never be repaid, they have earned our undying gratitude. America will never, ever forget their sacrifices."
2ND LT. Ray the flag of the United States of America has your blood sewn into the fabric; it shall forever wave in your honor.
Freedom requires sacrifice the protected will never know.
Patriot Guard Riders of South Texas
Our family is so sorry for your loss. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.
The Kirton Family
Army CPL Brandon Kirton
KIA 5/18/11 - Afghanistan