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September 24, 2012
Mary Ann, we are so sorry for your loss! Although we haven't been in touch since the days when we lived in Richmond and Ray worked out at the Nautilus Fitness Center with David, we still consider you both great friends. I'll always remember how hard Ray worked to be the best! And the revival we attended with you at your church all those years ago. The subject was the beatitudes. I remember your great danes and when you fixed a dinner of venison stroganoff! Maybe one day our paths will cross again. The world will be worse off for the loss of Ray. He was a Christian inspiration to many. We will keep you in our prayers. I know that God can create something positive from this tragedy. God Bless!
September 14, 2012
Mary Ann, I only learned of Ray's passing from the article in SI a few days ago. I knew Ray at Collegiate, class of '68, and always admired his athletic ability and enjoyed his enthusiam for life and for his friends. He will be missed. My condolences to you and the Easterling family and my prayers for you as you continue your efforts on behalf of other players and their families.
August 12, 2012
Dear Mary Ann,
My heart has cried buckets when I read in the Daily News Record a "viewpoint" and realized you had lost your dear husband. I remember meeting you before you were married and being invited to your wedding... and attending with my friend, Sue. Had I known you all were going through all of the problems, I could have been praying for you and your family. My heart is full and my love continues to pour out for you. May God continue to encompass you with His love.
June 09, 2012
Mary Ann and family, I am so sorry that I do not know how to reach you by mail. we have been subscribing to the Richmond paper for a number of years. We still live outside of Harrisonburg since returning here in 1974 from living in Northern VA. Mary Ann, we can only hope you are surviving with the help of friends and family. Our love to you all. this is your cousin, Elaine Hartman McGann, kin to you through relatives in the Mill Creek area. We were in college with Richard and attended the Arlington Church in the early 1970's. email address is auntsis7@verizon.net
June 09, 2012
Mary Ann and Elizabeth, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I just learned this morning from a call from another Parsons cousin in Texas. My mother and Vivian were first cousins and I have many memories of visits to Wise to visit my great aunts and uncle with my grandparents. I do not recall ever meeting Ray but from reading the condolences, I missed a wonderful opportunity. I took 2 aunts and visited Vivian not long before she sold the "big" house and had not heard that she died. My thoughts and prayers go out to you.
June 09, 2012
Dear Ms. Easterling......I just learned of Ray's passing the other night on MSNBC and felt so sad that the game he loved so much could create so much pain and suffering. My heart goes out to you and your family. I remember Ray so fondly as he was always so kind to us underclassmen. He was a positive role model and helped me get through the practices with his work ethic and attitude, I was proud to be a DB just like Ray, although I rarely ever played the position before coming to UR. I also enjoyed many pickup basketball games with Ray....he was quite a bballer back then as well. I followed Ray's NFL career and was always proud to say I played with him. I wish you all the best with your suit and hope you receive the justice you deserve. Ray was one of a kind and I can only imagine the influence he had on the people of his life and he will be missed. Jim "satch" Sanders (Rehoboth Beach, DE)
June 09, 2012
Mrs. Easterling, and family, I am very sorry for your loss. I was a new recruit at A.L. Williams, now Primerica when I met Ray. Not long after I met him, I invited a small group of friends to one of A.L. Williams initial sales(recruit) meetings, at which Ray would be speaking. One of my friends I invited was playing minor league baseball for the Texas Rangers, and was having a lot of trouble adjusting to all of the pressure of professional sports, and I thought wow, if I could introduce my friend to Ray and if he could talk to Ray about sports maybe it would ease his mind. Well, Ray Easterling, great guy that he was, was very oblidging. They did have a nice talk for about 45 minutes or so, and my friend was very grateful. Afterall, they had just met. Ray Easterling was a very genuine, personable, caring man with something to offer everyone that he met, and someone to admire in many ways. What a great loss to us all. May he rest in peace eternally.
June 08, 2012
I was saddened to learn of Ray's passing. I attended U of R ('71) and enjoyed Ray's football exploits. Your family will be in my prayers. God Bless
June 07, 2012
To Mary Ann and family, I have just learned of Ray's passing our deepest sympathy & prayers for each of you. Mary Ann you know this is for a short time in relation to eternity and Ray awaiting you in Christ's timing. I thank God for having known you and Ray. Love en Jesus Christ! -
May 28, 2012
Dear Ms. Easterling--I was 23 years old in 1979, fresh out of UNC journalism school and a sports editor in Laurens, SC. Ray came to the 1st Baptist Church in Clinton, SC to speak and I was there to write a story. I had the opportunity to interview him afterward, and after I'd finished my questions, it was was his turn. He asked if I'd accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. Being the cynical, lost soul that I was, I was taken aback and plenty ashamed. I fumbled for some words when a simple no would have done just fine. As embarrassed as I was, I never forgot that encounter because Ray was so bold and straightforward but at the same time very polite. It was 13 years later when I finally did gave my life to Christ, and it took Ray and four others to get me to that point. His bold witness changed my life and my family's. I was unaware of his recent suffering. My deepest sympathies go out to you and your family and I pray that God will shower you with His grace and peace.
May 23, 2012
To the EASTERLING family sorry for your loss may GOD give you his love, peace, and strength in this time of sorrow. May he R.I.P finally and no more pain. -|-
May 07, 2012
Mary Ann and Elizabeth, My prayers go out to you guys. I thank God that I had the opportunity to be blessed by Ray and your family at Koinonia Fellowship.
May 04, 2012
Mary Ann - this is Penny!! We have lost contact and am really wanting to get in touch with you - I wanted to send you a card but thought maybe this is the best way. I am shocked, but remember even back those many years ago how he wanted to do his BEST in everything!! You are love and prayed for. Let's keep in touch if you want to.....I do the widow walk pretty good after ALL these years.....
May 03, 2012
Mary Ann, I knew you and Ray in Bethany Place Baptist Church in Richmond, VA in the late 70's. Ray was a Christian who the Light of Jesus would shine through.I was very sorry to learn in the news of his death. I was, also, sorry to hear of the passing of his mother, a lovely lady in every way.I knew her in the Chesterfield County Schools. The two are re-united with Jesus in Heaven His friend, Dan DeHaan, I am sure is there with Ray also. My prayers are with you. May God bless you as you get adjusted to a new lifestyle-not alone but with God by your side.
May 03, 2012
Mary Ann,

My wife and I were overtaken in learning of Ray's passing. She knows that I didn't makes many 'friends" (by choice) , but the day I met Ray on the track , I took to him and I think he took to me right away. I would not have Imagined that I would lose this special friend so soon. Our prayers are with you in this difficult time. He will always be my "friend".
May 03, 2012
So sorry to hear of Ray's passing. I am praying for you.
May 02, 2012
Mary Ann,

John and I were sadden to hear about Ray's death. Our prayers are with you and Elizabeth.

Sincerely,

Nina Daily
May 02, 2012
Our prayers and thoughts are with you all I love you
May 01, 2012
I can not tell you how sorry I was to hear about Ray's passing. He was a pioneer... My husband and I are so thankful to him for bringing light to the way the NFL has treated their alumni. We are forever grateful.
April 30, 2012
To The Easterling Family:

I was shocked to hear of Ray's passing. I met him while working with Stuart Petrie in the financial services business. He was a terrific person who loved his LORD and his family.

Blessings and Peace.
April 30, 2012
I am very sorry for your loss..I recall his fantastic
football ability..and I applaud him for having the courage to properly address the issue against the NFL...in an attempt to make it better for future players..
April 28, 2012
I love you both and cherish our memories! Mary Ann we will connect very soon!

Vicki Trovillion, Florida
April 27, 2012
My sincere condolences for your loss. May the hearer of prayer help you to endure this Time of sadness, and may he gives you peace as spoken of at Psalms 65:2
April 27, 2012
Very much in sorrow hearing of Ray's latter days and his passing, but rejoicing that he is now Totally Healed and at "home" with Our Father. I had the great pleasure of getting to know Ray during the 70's as we were teammates on the Athlete's In Action Pro Football teams that traveled thru the country sharing our talents even as we shared our faith. He and I had a special bond as we arrived in the NFL the same year (1972), and he was one of the ones that truly encouraged me in my faith. My deepest condolences to the family, and be encouraged, for we SHALL see him again...
April 26, 2012
THE RAY EASTERLING FAMILY MAY GOD GIVE YOU COMFORTRAY WAS ONE OF THE NICEST CHRISTAIN MEN ON THE TEAM AT TRAINING CAMP GREENVILLE SC 70s. Jevia Lyn Robinson Greenville SC
April 26, 2012
Sorry for your loss, he was a great guy for Atlanta sports
April 26, 2012
Ray & the Easterling Family, Can just send you my prayers. Though we worked only a short while together in the gym years ago & had talks of wonderful experinces & comaradity. Understand now what we did not then. God Bless & Carry On Mrs. Easterling.
April 26, 2012
My sincere condolences to the Easterling family. It is hard to lose someone close to us.
But please know that God does not forget our loved ones or us as we have to cope with this loss. We are encouraged to throw all our anxieties upon him because he cares for you".
1 Pet 5:7)
April 26, 2012
Deepest Sympathy to the Easterling family so sorry to here of your loss. Ray will be missed by many. Your in our prayers always.
Sincerely,
Mahoney Family
April 25, 2012
Mrs. Eastering, I met you and your husband on one of my many trips to your home to provide short term in home care to Mr. Easterling. I remember the conversations we had, and how excited he became when I told him of my fondness for football. Well, I had the most enjoyable mornings during my visits talking with him. He showed me his collections of pictures, footballs, helmet (etc) during his football days. I am Thankful to God for sending me into his life. It is an honor to have met both of you. May God continue to richly bless and keep you and your family.
Isabelle Hilliard, RN
Old Dominion Home Health Services, inc.
April 25, 2012
May Ray's soul, and the soul of all the faithfully departed,through the mercy of God, rest in peace
April 25, 2012
To the Easterling family, sorry to hear of your loss. I'm happy to know despite seeing the decline in your husband's health, there are happy and fond memories. God promise in the new world everything that causes pain will not be remembered at Isaiah 65:17.
April 24, 2012
Blessings and prayers to the entire Easterling family. I knew Ray from our UR days, and would see him every few years - the last time when we sat together at Carl Wood's HOF induction dinner. Ray lived life to the fullest in every respect and was a man of God. I join with so many good folks in saying Ray will be missed tremendously, but his spirit and good works will go on.
April 24, 2012
Mary Ann,

I am so sorry for your loss. I only know of you & Ray through Jessica & Jeff, my daughter-in-law and son. I know how much Jeff enjoyed getting to know Ray. You and your family are in my prayers.

Fran Pilson
April 24, 2012
Wishing you the comfort that your very special memories will bring you now.
Best Regards,
Ann Kirkpatrick
April 24, 2012
I am sorry for your loss. May you find comfort in the God of peace.
April 24, 2012
Ray and your family will be remembered for the light you brought to the football impact on lifespan and health. I played for Purdue in the 50's and have seen my share of damage done on the field. I share your grief but also recognize with Ray with pride as he is a brave honorable man who helped others and his work will continue to do a lot of good.
April 24, 2012
My thoughts and prayers are with the family...May Ray find the peace he sought now in the hand of God.

God Bless
Larry Kaminski
Denver Broncos
1966..1973
April 24, 2012
To the family of Ray Easterling - I send you my deepest sympathy. I knew Ray at Collegiate (and he looked just like this picture!) and we were great friends. I remember football games, dances, and him dancing with my mother (much to my dismay)in our kitchen with his great smile and love of life. I am sorry he suffered in the years after his wonderful NFL career. We were all so proud of him! He will always be that friendly, energetic high school friend to me! Although he will be missed by many, I know he will be greeted by many at the gates of heaven!

Ann Crymes Galione, Collegiate '68
April 24, 2012
May I offer my condolences & prayers to the Easterling Family. I didn't know Ray personally but faced him on the grid iron. He is now in God's hands.
April 24, 2012
Elizabeth,
Our hearts are heavy. We grieve with you and your family. We have the glorious gift of eternal life through our faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. May that comfort you in this time of sorrow. We are here for you and Eric anytime.
April 24, 2012
Rest in peace Ray and thank you for leading the charge for your fellow warriors.
April 24, 2012
Mary Ann and Elizabeth.
I know Ray as a Soldier in God's army. Oh, the days we had sharing our faith with others. Lord bless you both.
Tom and Marilyn Graham
April 24, 2012
Mary Ann, Terry and I are so sorry! Ray was a great guy and will be missed by many. Ray's faith was an anchor for his soul! Now, he is home! I pray you are strong through this temporary tragedy! Steve and Terry Largent
April 24, 2012
Hopefully, Ray has found the peace he was seeking. We all need to keep him alive in our thoughts and prayers.
Special condolences to his family and close friends.
April 24, 2012
Ray was a wonderful and friend. My prayers are with his family. He will be greatly missed. Doug Hassell
April 24, 2012
My sympathy and prayers go out to Ray Easterling and his Family.
April 24, 2012
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
April 24, 2012
Mary Ann, my sincere condolence and prayers are with you and the Easterling Family.
April 24, 2012
to the Easterling Family, my prayers are with you, may God comfort and strengthen you all.
April 24, 2012
'To the Easterling Family: I am saddened to learn of Rays passing. Ray was a close friend of my brother Jackson Baldwin from U Richmond and after. They palyed on the team together. I got to know Ray too and we all had so much fun together. He will be missed by the Baldwin family. My thoughts and heart are with you at this time. He really was a great guy. After we lost my brother in 1976, I lost contact with Ray, but memories are forever. Blessings to you. Bethany
April 24, 2012
GOD's blessings upon the Easterling
Family & Friends... These are difficult days for sure, but I pray The LORD's Peace upon you all...

Rev. A. D. Laster, Sr.
Redskins/Lions
April 24, 2012
My sincere condolences to the family and friends of Ray Easterling. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. R.I.P. Ray.
April 24, 2012
My prayer goes out to u an your family.r.i.p
April 24, 2012
To the the family of Ray Easterling - May God give you peace and comfort through his word and the Lord Jesus Christ during this time of sorrow, I know that he will be missed by many.
April 24, 2012
Knew Ray from my days at UR. May he rest in peace.
April 24, 2012
One hell of a guy
April 23, 2012
There is never anything easy to say at a time like this. However,I am reminded of younger days when Ray, middle brother of Robert& younger Richard was slight. We played ball in the front yard of their Jahnke Rd home and pounded Ray. He took no prisoners after those days and we are all proud of his accomplishments. We are saddened for his family and can only imagine the pain he suffered for his success. Ray, we thank you for all you stood for. Your parents, Elmer and Vivian welcome you home. I wish that I had kept up better and could have been an adult friend too. may you rest in peace!
April 23, 2012
Rest in peace, Ray. Your fight will continue.
God bless you.
CTT
April 23, 2012
So sad to learn of the loss of someone I remember fondly. Great memories of my cheerleading days at UR and getting to know many of the terrific athletes, including Ray. I'll always remember his amazing feats in football, his infectious smile, and his fun sense of humor. We were all so proud of him when he played with the Atlanta Falcons. May he rest in peace. Sending prayers and sympathy to the Easterling family.
April 23, 2012
My prayers are with your family. Know Ray is at peace.
April 23, 2012
Mary Ann & Elisabeth,
We are certainly praying for you right now that God will carry you, protect you, sustain and uphold you, and cover you with His grace. Be assured of our love. We will always remember Ray as the Godly man that challenged us to holiness and zeal for our Lord with every conversation we ever had with him.
April 23, 2012
Mary Ann, I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. I'm praying that you will feel yourself embraced by the hand of God with His peace comforting your heart.
April 23, 2012
So sorry to hear about your loss. His mom was a dear friend of our family and she worked with my mom at Falling Creek Elementary School. She talked about Ray all the time. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Anne DuVal Edge
April 23, 2012
May God bless and comfort you through this difficult time. Our prayers are with you.
April 23, 2012
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
April 23, 2012
RAY WAS THE BEST RIP RAY TOTHE REMAINING SURVIORS MAY GOD BLESS EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU
April 23, 2012
The resurrection is a wonderful hope for our dead love ones.
April 23, 2012
Mary Ann, Buffy and I will be praying for you and your family as you go through this time of grief. Ray was truly one of my first spiritual mentors. I enjoyed memorizing scripture with him and Phil R. I will always remember him.

In Christ,
Charles "Rudy" and Buffy Wimmer
Charlotte, NC
April 23, 2012
Brother, Rest in the arms of our Lord and Savior and jesus christ, may god be with your family at this time of need.
April 23, 2012
Our heartfelt condolences to Ray's family. May our Heavenly Father, the God of comfort and tender mercies be with you. With deep sympathy,
April 23, 2012
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
April 23, 2012
My thoughts and prayers to the family. Rest in Peace Ray
Ed Smith
NFL Alumni & Former Atlanta Falcon
April 23, 2012
Very sorry to hear of the loss of Ray. May the loving-kindness serve please to comfort me. Psalm 119:76 God being the source of all comfort. May you receive strength in prayer.
April 23, 2012
The Easterling Family:
Sorry to hear of your loss. I met Ray in he early 80's & remember him as being a very kind person. My prayers are with you all.

Peace,
Betty Prince
Locust Hill, Va
April 23, 2012
So sorry to hear of Coach Easterling's passing. I met him while coaching for the VA Ravens. He was a very pleasant and caring person. May your family continue to find strength during this difficult time.

Deborah Williams
Richmond,VA
April 23, 2012
My Thoughts and Prayers goes out to the Family.
April 23, 2012
We were so sorry to hear about Ray. He was a good friend of my brother, Squeally, all through their teens and 20s. Ray would always stop by our house when he would come home from Atlanta just to have several glasses of my mom's iced tea. He always claimed it was the best!

Our thoughts and prayers to all the Easterlings.
April 23, 2012
Lo Siento..
April 23, 2012
I sure know how awful dementia is and what you and you family have gone through!!
So sorry for your loss, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family and friends.
He now can RIP...
April 23, 2012
Rest in Peace my friend.
NFL Alumni
April 23, 2012
Mrs. Easterling and family, I am so very sorry for your loss. As a huge Falcons fan, I have very fond memories of Ray and the Gritz Blitz. I applaud you, Mrs. Easterling, for continuing the fight on these type of injuries. It is about time that closed head injuries get the attention they deserve. I will be praying for you and your family during these difficult days ahead.
April 23, 2012
my heart felt sympathy goes out to you and your family.Jessie
Mt Pleasant, Texas
April 23, 2012
Mary Ann and Elizabeth, our prayers are with you all during this time of sadness. Praying God's peace and comfort be with you.

Barry, Kareen Arnold and Adria Moore
April 23, 2012
RIP Conrad Dobler
April 23, 2012
MY BE MAIL IS gentlemanjims@frontier.com JIM EASTERLING
April 23, 2012
TO THE EASTERLING FAMILY: MY DEEPEST SYMPATHY GOES OUT TO MARY ANN AND FAMILY. MY NAME IS JIM EASTERLING AND MY DAD WAS BORN IN FLORIDA . ARE WE RELATED IN SOME WAY? MAY GOD BLESS RAY.
April 23, 2012
Your Legacy will live forever!!
April 23, 2012
My condolences to the Easterling family. May God grant you peace. (I knew your family many years ago when Ray's mom took my family under her wing.)
April 23, 2012
May God Bless Ray and all of his family.
Sincerely,
Carl Barzilauskas
April 23, 2012
I'm truly sorry for you and your family at this time! I didn't know Ray but feel God's plan in Ray's life has only really begun in his death.Stay strong for his cause now.God bless you...
April 23, 2012
April 23, 2012
Mary Ann,
I pray that the God of all grace, the God of comfort and love, fill your every need as you walk with Him through this time.
Looking unto Jesus,
Wallace Francis, a teammate of Ray
April 23, 2012
My thoughts and prayers go out the family.God Bless.

Doug Donley
April 23, 2012
Mary Ann my prayers and deepest sympathies go out to you and your family, you and Ray were role models to me and my husband and it is a honor to have been apart of Ray's life as he was a powerful influence on the two of us and our family.
April 23, 2012
Rest in peace .we will miss you :-(
April 23, 2012
I am so sorry for your lost. May you and your family rely on God in this time if grief.
April 23, 2012
With deepest sympathy to the Easterling family during your time of grief...Psalm 46:1...God is for us a refuge and strength, A help that is readily to be found during difficult times...May God provide you with peace and comfort to endure the days ahead.
April 23, 2012
Dear Mary Ann and Elizabeth,
Please know that you both are in my prayers. My childhood memories have some very fun and funny Easterling moments. I know that Ray is in a better place.
Love,
Jacqueline
April 23, 2012
Mary Ann, I feel for you and the family. Ray was a great player but more importantly a good guy. His struggles broke many hearts. He will be missed. With Sympathy. Winston
April 23, 2012
May God be with you all in this time of Brother Charles homecoming. Continue to let God be your shining light and know that someday you all shall be united again in Heaven.
April 23, 2012
Mary Ann...I am so sad to hear about Ray. He had a big impact on my life and I am sure many others lives as well. So sad to see how the game we loved to play attacks and ravages the lives of those who unwittingly went "all in" as Ray did. He is at rest now in the arms of our blessed Savior...take comfort in that. Our prayers for you are for strength to press on until that day when you are reunited once again.
April 23, 2012
Mary Ann and the Easterling family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Our deepest sympathy and peace to you all. Ray was a remarkable man.
April 23, 2012
Ray was one of the good ones' great competitor, fellow Spider
wonderful Christian but most of all a good friend.
Johnny "Motor" Moates
April 23, 2012
My condolences to the Easterling family.
April 22, 2012
Share what is good, and what else can happen. Those we love are only on loan to us from God. Make sure you tell them how much you love them. Ray, you were a fellow warrior of the Gridiron. My love to you and your family....

Tony Davis
NFL Retired
April 22, 2012
Mary Ann, our prayers go out to you and the family. Just wanted to let you know Ray was a big influence in our lives back 29 years ago learning the insurance industry. Have lots of good memories and a lot of respect for the both of you.

Love,

Robert and Anita Hubbard
April 22, 2012
Comforting to read that Ray was a Christian and is with his Savior.
April 22, 2012
For you Ray: "I whispered a prayer for you today, For angels to guide you along the way, To come to you from up above, and wrap you in their wings of love. Through tears fo sorrow and of pain, tomorrow there's joy - no more rain. So dear angel as you spread your wings, may peace be with you as you fly away". My condolences to the Easterling family. Ray's light will continue to shine.
April 22, 2012
Bro, may you and your family find peace. It's all in Gods hands.
April 22, 2012
We were all positively touched having known Ray. Deepest sympathies to all of the Easterling family.
With love,
Bob and Val Siff
April 22, 2012
Mary Ann and Elizabeth, my heart is sad for you but I celebrate the knowing that my Brother is in the presence of Jesus for all time. Ray had such a powerful influence for me and others. May God bless and comfort you..
Jack and Janice Hyde Ps 91:14-16
April 22, 2012
God Bless you in this time of sorrow. Keep in mind that Ray is in a better place now .
April 22, 2012
Dear Easterling Family,

Our sincerest sympathy in the loss of your loved one. We didn't know Ray, but knew him thru our brother, Greg. Ray is now in heaven with his Lord and Saviour - no more pain. We will continue to pray for your peace and healing. May God continue to shower his graces on each of you.
April 22, 2012
Knew Ray from Huguenot High and football there.He was agreat person. God bless you Ray and your family.
April 22, 2012
May God bless his family and provide grace and healing to their hearts and soul!
I never played against him but I shared a brotherhood with him and many of the other fallen men that shared the grid iron. I find it important to send my respects to those that have come before and have completed the same journey that I must make one day.

We are forgotten men with painful scares and our own slight memory of the cheers that once motivated us. May God bless him and welcome him home!
April 22, 2012
I never knew Ray.. But as a fellow alumnus of the NFL, my sincere condolence to his family. It is apparent by reading all of these messages that he was one heck of a fine man.
April 22, 2012
Where Ray is now, the enthusiasm he had here , will in full force continue to encourage many in finding their way in Eternity . The Lord knows when he wants his best back.
April 22, 2012
My prayers go out to the family.
April 22, 2012
A fine man who did a lot for many people that were fortunate enough to call him their friend. God Bless Ray Easterling. He will be missed but never forgotten!
April 22, 2012
RIP brother. My rookie year was 1977 so I missed you in the League. I am grateful for the fight you were prepared to wage with the NFL regarding head trauma. I am saddened that the illness got you before the fight even went into the first round. We all know you will be watching how we proceed and I only hope we can measure up....your family will be in our thoughts and prayers.
April 22, 2012
I was privileged to have played football with Ray at Collegiate. I will always cherish my memories of Ray, his hustle, the energy he gave the team on every play, but above all, his caring spirit. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.
April 22, 2012
What a great friend and teammate ...will always remember our last conversation...in which that was shared,friendship and teammate...family that will never change...RIP Ray....no more headaches or forgetting....always. Dewey
April 22, 2012
So sorry to hear about Ray. I wish the best for Mary Ann and his family. They will be in our prayers.
April 22, 2012
Jesus receive your brother and comfort his family.
April 22, 2012
I'm very sad to hear of the loss of my friend Ray. We had some great times growing up on Jahnke Road and in high school. My thoughts and prayers are with the whole Easterling family.
April 22, 2012
May God's peace comfort you all, and keeping you, especially Richard, in my prayers.
April 22, 2012
To the Easterling Family,
I had just met Ray over the phone a few months ago when mutual friend and teammate Jeff Nixon introduced us via phone. Ray and I used to chase each other on the field and there was no better competitor than Ray....he just got after it..on and as I can see off the field with his strong beliefs. My wife(JoAnne) and I will keep the Easterling Family in our prayers...and I'm certain that God has a special place for Ray.

God Bless and keep you strong,
Lou and JoAnne Piccone
April 22, 2012
God bless the family of Ray Easterling and may you feel the presence of the Lord as he comforts you as only he can. He said he would never leave you or forsake you just know that he's with you.
April 22, 2012
Ray was a dear friend and brother in Christ. I wish we had had more time. I will miss you, Bro!
April 22, 2012
Mrs. Easterling,
I played at UR with Bob and knew Ray as a freshman my senior year. I followed him through his professional career with great pride in his level of play, his alma mater, and the fact that we both shared the same number jersey.

Ray was a tough, talented individual, who will be greatly missed, but no more so than by you and your family. God is the great Comforter, and always there when we need and seek him.

Please accept my condolences for your loss, which I am sure is great, but seek comfort in the knowledge that he now enjoys the company of his Lord and Savior.
April 22, 2012
I met Ray my first year with the Falcons in 1980 and heard stories of his courageous leadership on the field and his Faith leadership in the locker room. I am thankful for the opportunities to chat with him from time to time. I am sorry to hear of Ray's passing and wish his family Strength & Healing! We will miss Ray Eastering!
April 22, 2012
i did not know ray very well,but knew of him during his playing days.i played during the same era.he was a pioneer of the game and will be truly missed.my thoughts and prayers go out to his entire family.
Carl Hairston,Vancouver,Canada
April 22, 2012
Mary Ann, prayers to you and your family.
April 22, 2012
Peter and I were so sad and sorry to learn of Ray's death. He was such a kind and generous neighbor. We will truly miss his evening headlight and runs on Hobby Hill. We feel blessed to have known such a honorable and faithful man. Rest in peace Ray.
April 22, 2012
To the Easterling family,
may God comfort you in this time of sorrow.
April 22, 2012
My heart goes out to Mary Ann and the family at this loss. I remember Ray sharing many times with my high school group at Bethany Place years ago. I'll always remember his passion for his faith in God.
April 22, 2012
Mary Ann:

My prayers go out to you and your family. Ray was my role model and he was largely responsible for helping me prepare for my first season in the NFL. He trained me in all phases; Mind, Body.. and most importantly Spirit. He will have a lasting Legacy among all NFL players - past, present and future. Although his own memory was fading, I will do my best to make sure that he is remembered. Ray fought the good fight, he finished the race and he kept the faith. Take comfort in knowing that he is now in the arms of the Almighty.
April 22, 2012
We were so shocked and sorry to hear of Ray's passimng.Our depest sympathy to you and your loved ones. May our Lord Jesus Christ be with you in these days of mourning. We are your friends from Enon Baptist Church. We remember the wonderful times that Ray spent with our Youth Group and our three daughters.
April 22, 2012
Mary Ann, my condolences to you and hope you can ably reflect on the good times. From Jim Walker from back in the day at UR.
April 22, 2012
Ray was a bright star during our days at Collegiate and U of R. I will miss him.
April 22, 2012
Mary Ann & Elizabeth, I am so sorry to hear this news. My thoughts & prayers are with you both.
April 22, 2012
My heart aches for your loss. Unfortunately, some lessons are not learned without the ultimate loss. Mr. Easterling's courage to confront the " almighty " NFL about their part in the brain injury issue has opened the eyes of many of us. I have, until recently, considered my high school football experience one of the most positive of my life. That said I can recall at least 5 concusions that I received. Through the awareness brought on by ex-players such as Mr. Easterling I have taken a much more balanced approach to the pros and cons of football. I have a 14 year old son who has played youth football for 2 years and was considering playing in high school. After explaining the possibility of brain issues my son decided not to play. Please take comfort in knowing these types of conversations are happening all over our country.
April 21, 2012
My deepest sympathies to the Easterling family in the loss of Ray. I attended the Bible study and fellowship group he and Earl Nance led in the '70s. Ray also came to my classroom in Church Hill in 1981 to tell my students about career football. Ray's Christian witness and friendship meant a lot to me. He will be missed on earth but is rejoicing with Jesus in heaven. My prayers for Mary Ann and Elizabeth as well as the rest of the family.
April 21, 2012
Mrs. Mary Ann & Elizabeth....we love you guys so much!!! Ray is one of the most AMAZING men I have been blessed to meet in my life!! We will NEVER stop thinking and loving him!! He was family and always will be!!! I pray the Lord will be with you and the rest of the family!
April 21, 2012
Mary Ann, Elizabeth, and The Easterling Family,
My wife and I wish to extend our deepest condolences and prayers . Ray was a fine man and a good friend. I was always challenged as a Christian man when we were together. I will miss him but I have the assurance that we will meet again.
April 21, 2012
Mary Ann,
Our hearts are heavy with yours at this time of sorrow. Knowing Ray many years ago and then getting to know you in recent times has been a joy. I pray that the Lord will encourage and comfort you and the family.
Blessings,
Patrick & Maryann Whitaker
April 21, 2012
Rest in peace Ray.
April 21, 2012
Mary Ann and Elizabeth, we are sad today. Ray meant a lot to us. Both as a friend and as a Christian example. We pray for you to be strengthened. We wish we could be there but we cannot. So, please know our prayers are with you.
April 21, 2012
Ray was the toughest football player maybe ever at the U of Richmond. We were all so proud of his NFL career and many people don't know how much he overcame to achieve his football success. From what I see from other comments his life after football exceeded his athletic prowess. God Bless your family.
April 21, 2012
Mrs Easterling and Elizabeth,

I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Mr Easterling. It has been many years since I have seen you all, but what an awesome man I will remember Mr. Easterling being. Always had a joke, wonderful sense of humor and such a upstanding man that you could look up to. May you find peace in the Lord through this hard time and may the Lord give you the strength to live each day one by one.

Much Love
Holly King Woodward
April 21, 2012
Ray was a great guy.I own the Aerus Electrolux Fracnhise here in Richmond,Va.He was instrumental in getting me five sales at the Health Institute.He would always call me with all of his vacuum needs.Ray also knew that I was good friends with Pat Kelly.He told me a story about when Pat and Barty Smith came in as freshman that they were the best class he had ever seen.He said that the new guys would whip up on the old guys.In fact he said that the coaches had to stop practice because of a fight between the new guys and the old guys He referred to them as being tough guys.Ray would call me from time to time just to ask me how my family was doing and how my business was doing....I will always remember the great person that he was....May you rest in peace.My Prayers are with his family....Ray Satterwhite,Richmond,Va.
April 21, 2012
Ray, I knew you as a child, When your Mom came to Wise.
God Bless Your Family,
Your Cousin,
Patsy Adkins Palmer
April 21, 2012
Ray was the very best, I loved coaching him on every play,,,my wife Brenda and I know the first words he heard were " welcome home" I was his coach but in taught me everyday,,God Bless ,,love Jerry Glanville
April 21, 2012
Elizabeth, Ray was one of the finest men I have ever met. As an Atlanta Falcon He was unselfish in the giving of his private time. As guest speaker at our youth football banquet you could tell right away he was a person with utmost class and integrity. May God bless you and your family .
April 21, 2012
I'll never forget the great times Ray and I had playing little league ball together. My brother played ball with Robert, and his mother taught me in grade school. Ray was always fun to be with. My prayers are with your family.
April 21, 2012
I was a friend of Rays, we went to school together at Huguenot high school unfortunately I moved away and haven't had chance to visit with him in many years. My deepest sympathies to his family and friends.
April 21, 2012
I am so very sorry to hear about Ray's passing. My deepest sympathy to all his family. I knew both Ray and Richard from GABC. God bless and comfort you all!
April 21, 2012
I am so sorry to hear of Ray's passing...I have fond memories of him coming to Wise Va to visit my Great Granny Easterling...he would come to my Pappaw Cecil's during his visits and cut up and play with us! Though I hadn't seen him in awhile, I was always proud to call Ray my cousin...he was a great athlete, wonderful family man and loved his lord...may he rest in peace now with no more pain or sorrow!!! Rebecca Easterling (Abingdon, VA)
April 21, 2012
I am very sorry to hear of Ray's passing.
My deepest sympathies go out to his family.
April 21, 2012
We were close only for a year at Collegiate Schools. .Yet his determination to make his mark in life was clearly evident even then.
Berkley Cone
Wilmington,Delaware
April 21, 2012
I would like to extend my sincere sympathy to Mary Ann and all the family. My thoughts and prayers go out to you all. Dolly Roberts (Bethany Place)
April 21, 2012
To Maryann and Elizabeth, Condolences from our family to yours at this sad time. We will always have fond memories of Ray. We will remember you in our prayers. We love you.
April 21, 2012
Mary Ann:

Deeply sorry to hear about Ray. I have fond memories of living behind you in Meadowbrook. Always laugh about Ray standing at the fence, while I was cutting grass, trying to snatch my Redskins cap, and replacing with one he held from the Falcons... God bless you.
April 21, 2012
Mary Ann and family I am so sorry to hear about Ray's passing, we became friends a long time ago when we worked A.L. Williams and he trained my son Jason to get him ready for college football and we met up again at the institute, Ray was a wonderful person who loved to tease and you couldn't get mad with him. I pray for God to heal your broken hearts and keep you strong .
April 21, 2012
Ray was one of the best defensive backs ever to play for U.R. Despite his size, he was one of the hardest hitting tacklers I ever saw in college football. He was a great example of courage and committment. He will be remembered by all who came into contact with him, both on and off the field. With sincerest sympathy to his family, Norton Howe
April 21, 2012
Ray was a team player judging by the life he lived God needed him he has nothing to do now but walk around heaven all day and do his masters will no sickness no more pain just joy. Mary Ann rest in his reward for he is still with you and all his family friends and loved ones

Betty Jackson (Miami Gardens, Florida)
April 21, 2012
I remember Ray and Mary Ann when we were singles at Grove Avenue Baptist Church. Ray was a delight to be around, always a lof fun.
April 21, 2012
Ray and I had so much fun at Huguenot and UofR in the summer seeing who could win the 40 yard dash it is a wonderful memory. Rest in peace.
April 21, 2012
I am very sorry to hear of Ray's passing and I extend my sincere sympathy to his family. I was his 4th grade teacher at Crestwood Elementary School and I have many fond memories of him and his family. Janet Ayres (Austin, Texas
April 21, 2012
I am very sorry to hear of Ray's passing and I extend my sincere sympathy to his family. I was his 4th grade teacher at Crestwood Elementary School and I have many fond memories of him and his family.
April 21, 2012
My thoughts and prayers go out to the family of my cousin Ray Easterling.Although we had not seen each other in years, I always remember him as a great and dedicated athelete.I will always remember summer visits at our Grandmothers in Wise, Va.Throwing apples at passing cars got us quite a scolding!
April 21, 2012
To The Esaterling Family,

I am truly sorry for your loss. Ray was a great friend and team mate. We had some fun times with two a days at UR as roomates. They kept us town kids together.

He's in a better place with the Lord.

Bill Faziol #70
Richmond Spiders
April 21, 2012
I had the fortune to spend some time with Ray on several different occasions - high school track, a couple of touch football games, financial services industry and family events. He was always passionate in whatever he did. Even the stories Ray told me about the mischievous pranks he played on my wife when he visited southwestern Virginia or when she lived at his parent's house – the stories always ended with Ray making me laugh.

My wife and I will miss Ray. Your family, brothers and their loved ones are in our thoughts and prayers.
April 21, 2012
I remember dancing to "Stagger Lee" with Ray when we were in the 4th grade--he twirled me and let go--I landed in a group of folding chairs. I also remember that in that same grade he took a bit of delight in telling me that there was no Santa Claus. These are fond memories of a childhood classmate. I am very sorry he has passed away.
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