Blair Nichole Ray, 16, of Orange and Groves, passed away suddenly on Thursday, April 11, 2013 in an auto accident in Orange. Blair was born on April 18, 1996 to her parents, Nichole Michelle (Landry) Ray and Thomas Doyle Ray, Jr. in Port Arthur, Texas. She was a Junior at Port Neches - Groves High School, she worked as a cashier at Market Basket in Port Neches and she enjoyed socializing with her friends. Blair will be remembered as a creative spirit who enjoyed photography, art, writing poetry and riding her horses. She will be most remembered for her giving nature and her smile which would light up any room. Blair is preceded in death by her brother, Tyler Brent Landry; her maternal great grandparents, Eula and Chester Landry and her paternal great grandfathers, Murry Romero and Thomas Otis Ray. Those who will most cherish her memory are her father, Tom Ray and wife, Mariah of Orange; mother, Nichole Sexton of Groves; paternal grandparents, Thomas and Connie Ray of Bridge City; maternal grandfather, Bill Landry and wife, Joann of Beaumont; maternal grandmother, Darlene Vance of Little Cypress; paternal great grandmothers, Joyce Romero of Bridge City and Pauline Ray of West Orange; maternal grandmother, Violet Christine Vance of Little Cypress; sisters, Carley Sexton of Groves and Ashleigh Sexton of Nederland; brothers, Justin Blake Ray of Little Cypress, Clayton Sexton of Kirbyville and Alex Knapp of Little Cypress. Blair is also survived by numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, extended family and friends. Services by which to honor Blair's life will be at 3:00 P.M. Tuesday, April 16, 2013 at the Bridge City United Pentecostal Church, 2056 West Roundbunch Road in Bridge City. Officiating will be Reverend J. W. Harrell, pastor of the church, Reverend Murry Ray, Blair's Uncle, Chaplain Mike Eaves with the Orange County Sheriff Department and also speaking will be Ms. Gloria Goldbeck. Rite of Committal and Interment will follow services in Autumn Oaks Memorial in Orange where she will be laid to rest next to her brother. A gathering of family and friends will be from 3:00 P.M. until 9:00 P.M. Monday at the church. The Ray, Sexton and Landry families wish to thank all of the people and friends who have given their support during this time. Services are under the direction of Dorman Funeral Home in Orange. Friends may sign the register and leave condolences for the family at www.dormanfuneralhome.com.
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Published in The Beaumont Enterprise on Apr. 14, 2013