Raymond E. Trail, Jr., passed away Saturday Aug. 17, 2013 after a 16 year battle with cancer. He was born Aug. 28, 1944 in Bedford, a son of the late Raymond E. Trail, Sr. and Clara Witt Trail. He was a member of Main Street United Methodist Church. After serving in the United States Navy he returned to Bedford and worked for Bedford Wholesale Grocery, Inc. as a truck driver and then a salesman. After their closing he worked for Citty Ford, Inc as a salesman and wrecker driver. He than became a dispatcher for the Bedford City Police Dept. and was transferred to the Bedford County Sheriff's office as a 911 dispatcher. After retirement in 2006 he worked at Witt's Wholesale. He was a life member of the Bedford Volunteer Fire Dept. and a past Chief with 38 years of service. In his spare time he raced everything from round track, demolition derbys, drag racing, hydroplanes and go-karts. He loved fishing trips to the coast and auction sales. He loved people. He was a kind man and a loving father and husband. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Edie Rae Trail, a son Raymond Edward (Eddie) Trail III, a daughter Katherin (Kathy) Trail Hatcher and her husband, Kevin. Two grandsons, J. Kyle Hogan and his wife Shelly of Lexington, and H. Alex Trail. Two step grandsons, Tyler Hatcher and Dylan Hatcher, one great grandson Ashly Gray Hogan of Lexington and a brother Randy W. Trail and his wife Shelby. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Bedford County Sheriff's Dept K-9 unit, 1345 Falling Creek Road, Bedford, VA 24523, for the care and training of their K-9s. A funeral service will be held Wednesday Aug. 21, 2013 at the Updike Funeral Home Chapel at 2 PM with the Rev. Mike Miller officiating. Interment will follow in Greenwood Cemetery. Arrangements by Updike Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Bedford.
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Published in Bedford Bulletin from Aug. 21 to Aug. 22, 2013