Sylvia Brock Ray

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Sylvia Brock Ray passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family, at Noland Hospital, Anniston, Alabama, on Tuesday, January 30, 2018. Sylvia was born to Mary Lou and Calloway Brock on February 9, 1938 in Carrollton, Georgia. Sylvia spent her childhood and adolescent years in Anniston, Alabama. She graduated from Anniston High School in 1956, where she met Charles Larry Ray. They were married a few short years later on July 11, 1958. Sylvia enjoyed working as a dental assistant for Dr. Frank Weaver, and later as a nurse for Dr. James Gant, where she worked for 18 years. After retiring, she enjoyed life as a busy housewife and mother to three sons, Scott, Brock and Jeff. Sylvia was a devoted member of Lakeview Baptist Church. For many years, she taught Sunday School, was a member of the WMU Bible Study Group, and served on the Benevolence Committee, Accounting Committee and in Outreach Ministry. She also founded and served in the Prayer Ministry, as well as the Altar Prayer Ministry. Sylvia, "Maw Maw," as she was known to loved ones, is survived by her three sons, Scott Ray (Melodee) of Huntsville, Brock Ray of Oneonta and Jeff Ray of Oxford, and her brother-in-law Jerry Ray (Jean) of Oxford. She is preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Charles Larry Ray, and her parents, Mary Lou and Calloway Brock. She leaves six grandchildren, Austin Ray (LeeLee) of Huntsville, Colby Ray (Andee) of Wilmington, North Carolina, Courtney Ray (Major) of Oneonta, Connor Ray of Birmingham, Ali Ray of Oneonta, and Kirby Ray of Oxford. She also leaves three great-grandchildren, Braxxon Borrelli, Bronxyn Ray and Sailor Grace Ray Borrelli. She also leaves nephews Heath Ray and Chad Ray (Shellie) and children, Kaylie and Jackson Ray and great-great-nephew Hudson Ray of Oxford, as well as many nieces, nephews and countless dear friends. Sylvia will be deeply missed by her family, but they have peace in the knowledge that she is now home with her Savior, who she loved, served and glorified with every breath she took and each word she spoke. She was a role model, a prayer warrior, and a shoulder to lean on for so many, approaching everything with a servant's heart. Sylvia will be remembered as a kind and loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend to all she knew. Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., Friday, February 2, 2018 at Miller Funeral Home. A Celebration of Life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 3, 2018 at Lakeview Baptist Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Rivers of Living Waters Ministry or Brookside Baptist Church. Miller Funeral Home and Crematory 256-831-4611
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Published in The Anniston Star on Feb. 1, 2018
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