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John Raymond "Ray" Killgore

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John Raymond "Ray" Killgore

Haynesville, LA - Funeral services for Mr. John Raymond "Ray" Killgore, age 83, will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, May 16, 2014 at the Haynesville United Methodist Church with Rev. Chuck Christensen and Rev. Henry Stone officiating. Interment will follow in the Tulip Cemetery, Athens, LA under the direction of Bailey Funeral Home, Haynesville, LA.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Thursday at the Haynesville United Methodist Church.

Mr. Killgore was born on July 21, 1930 to Millard and Alice Monk Killgore in Lisbon, LA and passed away on Wednesday, May 14, 2014 in Homer, LA. Mr. Killgore grew up on the family farm in Lisbon and learned to work at an early age. He loved playing baseball and graduated from Lisbon High School in 1947. On June 9, 1950, he married the love of his life, Ethel Lee Prince of Homer, LA. They were happily married for over 63 years.

Ray and Ethel worked and put themselves through college at LA Tech, where Ray graduated with his Mathematics Degree in 1952. He graduated with his Master's Degree from the University of Texas in 1959 and earned a Plus 30 at LA Tech.

In 1959, Ray and Ethel moved to Haynesville. Ray taught Math at Haynesville High School until 1966, when he became the elementary principal. He became the Principal of Claiborne Academy from 1969 to 1976 and then went into business for himself with American Hobbies Frame Shop and Sears Catalog Store in Haynesville. He retired in 1993.

Ray was a busy man his whole life. He was actively involved in many, many areas of the community. He devoted his whole life to helping his family, faith and community.

Ray was a very active member of Haynesville United Methodist Church. He ministered to many different nursing homes in our area by singing and playing his harmonicas. He loved to play music with his friends for the residents. He sang in the choir, taught Sunday School and was a member of the Fellowship Sunday School Class. He most recently played and sang at Easter Sunrise Service. Then visiting his son, John, in Gallup, NM, he even played for the nursing home there, thousands of miles from home.

He served on the Haynesville City Council for 12 years; was the Cub Scout Master for 10 years while his boys were growing up and operated the city park swimming pool in the summer for many years.

Ray was a wood-working perfectionist. He loved making things in his shop and made all five children grandfather clocks from scratch. He enjoyed working on clocks, especially antique clocks. He loved to work the crossword puzzles in the Shreveport Times, many times completing them in 10 to 15 minutes.

In addition, he loved gardening and growing muscadines in his retirement years. He liked to go spend time on his farm on the Dykesville Road and loved to cook deer steak for his family and friends.

Ray and Ethel taught their children to work. He believed prayer, hard work and perseverance were the solutions to every problem. He did not believe in "getting something for nothing".

In his latter years, he loved to tell people who came into his son's drugstore that he was known as the "Boss". Boss of what, he didn't know, just the Boss. He enjoyed many laughs from this over the years.

A special "Thank You" to everyone who has helped and prayed for our family through Ray's journey.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Ethel Prince Killgore; four sons, Kenny Killgore and wife Vicki of Haynesville, LA, John Killgore and wife, Shelly of Gallup, NM, Keith Killgore and wife, Beverlee of Haynesville, LA, Rand Killgore and wife, Nancy of Haynesville, LA; daughter, Susan Word and husband, Eddie of Calhoun, LA; two brothers, Ralph Killgore and wife, Voncille of Winnfield, LA, Charles Killgore and wife, Patti of Ruston, LA; two sisters, Nellie Dean and husband, James of Lisbon, LA, Sandra Killgore Meisler of Lisbon, LA; twelve grandchildren, Jessica Killgore, Ross Killgore, John Killgore Jr.,Jakae Killgore, Mary Kate Killgore Huerta, Maggie Killgore Paglia, Carrie Killgore Judd, Mandy Killgore, Ryan Hammond, Brett Hammond, Miller Claire Killgore, Zoe Booth; eighteen great-grandchildren, Noah Alvendia, Briggs Killgore, Emma Salomon, Morgan Killgore, Nick Killgore, Aria Killgore, Laurie Killgore, Natalie Killgore, Alyson Killgore, Austin Ray Killgore, Brady Huerta, Cade Judd, Carleigh Judd, Clason Dillard, Tate Hammond, Mary Hammond, Bella Hammond, Beck Hammond and two on the way.

Mr. Killgore was preceded in death by his father, Millard Killgore, mother, Alice Monk Killgore, brothers, Louis Killgore and Ellis Killgore; and, sister, Audrey Killgore Johnson.

Pallbearers will be Bud Judd, Ryan Hammond, Brett Hammond, Ross Killgore, Barry Bredehoff, and Buddy Slaid. Honorary pallbearers will be F.M. Branch, Bryant Lewis, Bro. William Peeples, Charles Garrett, Robert Baker, Tim Ware, Bryan McCoy, Doug Lewis, Wes Dorman, and Thomas Gene Bourn.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Haynesville United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 505, Haynesville, LA 71038 or the Haynesville Beautification Project, 1909 Main St., Haynesville, LA 71038.

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Published in Shreveport Times on May 16, 2014
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