Thomas Ray Mobley (1925 - 2013)

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Thomas Ray Mobley

Thomas Ray Mobley, passed away Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at his residence.

He was born October 21, 1925 in Tennessee Ridge, TN, son of the late Clifford R. Mobley and Myrtie Williams Mobley. He was preceded in death by his parents and son, Anthony (Tony) Mobley.

A celebration of his life will be 2 p.m. Friday at Nave Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Beverly Dycus and Rev. Denise Settle officiating. Visitation will be from 1:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. Thursday, and from 8 a.m. until service time Friday at the funeral home. Burial will be at Summers Cemetery with Military honors.

Ray attended the Tennessee Ridge Elementary School and Houston County High School. At the young age of seventeen, Ray withdrew from Houston County School to join the Navy. As a Seaman First Class, Ray received the Victory Medal, serving with distinction as a gunner in the Atlantic Theater, Pacific Theater, Indian Ocean, Mediterranean Sea, and the Persian Gulf. His duties carried him to Australia, New Zealand, India, Ceylon, Yemen, Iran, Japan, China, Egypt and Madagascar. In 1946, Ray received an honorable discharge and returned to Tennessee Ridge. Upon his return from the War, Ray completed his high school education and went on to attend George Peabody College (now part of Vanderbilt University), where he received his B.S. degree. After graduating from George Peabody Ray returned to Houston County and taught business and typing at Houston County High School.

After teaching for two years, he decided to follow in his father's footsteps and soon became part owner of Mobley Brothers Grocery. Ray stayed in the grocery business for forty years, he retired in 1994. At the age of twenty-one Ray became a thirty-second degree Scottish Rite Mason and Shriner. Ray served as Commissioner on the Houston County Court for over twenty years. During his terms of his several significant building projects, he undertook and completed; The Court House, Erin Elementary School, (now the middle school), and the old Houston County jail, commonly referred to as "The Jail on the Hill". As a commissioner, Ray served on the airport and finance committee and as Judge Pro Tem for one term. In 1960, Ray was appointed Business Manager for the City of Tennessee Ridge; in 1962, he was Chairman of the Federal Housing Committee. Ray was a member of the Five River organization and a member of the Stewart-Houston Industrial Committee. In 2003, Ray received the O.S. Luton Emerald Award. In 2007, Ray was recognized for his outstanding loyalty and service to Houston County by being named Lord High Mayor.

Ray is a member of Tennessee Ridge United Methodist Church. He served as Sunday School Superintendent for several years. For faithful service to his church, Ray was presented the Church's Service Award.

Ray resided with his wife of 59 years, Marie, in Tennessee Ridge; he was preceded in death by one son, Tony; they have one daughter, Lisa; Tony has one son, Danny Ray Mobley. Lisa is married to Kevin Carter and currently resides in Madison, MS. Kevin and Lisa have four children, Kelly Carter Billings of Cookeville, TN, Kasey Carter of Knoxville, TN, Krissy Carter of Cookeville, TN and Kevin Carter, Jr., (KJ) of Cookeville, TN; one great-grandchild, Anthony Ray Mobley.

Pallbearers will be Kevin Carter, Ronnie Arens, K.J. Carter, Danny Ray Mobley, Donnabon Baser, Harry Hurt and Matt Billings.

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Published in The Leaf Chronicle on Mar. 7, 2013
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