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Ray "Coach" Berkley

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ETOWAH-Ray "Coach" Berkley, 83, died Friday, August 21, 2015 at his home.
He is preceded in death by two brothers, Lewis and Andrew. Ray served in the US Navy during the Korean Conflict. After his service he graduated from Campbell College where he met his wife Nina. Ray then graduated from the University of Georgia with a bachelor's and two Master Degree's before he started his teaching career.
He was a native of Virginia, and had past residences in Atlanta, Athens, and Clarkesville, Georgia before moving to Hendersonville in 1972. He taught at numerous schools in Georgia before retiring from West Henderson High School with 21 years of service. Ray was the head football and wrestling coach for 5 years at West Henderson High School. He taught beginners swimming from his home from 1980 to 2012. He taught hundreds of kids to swim; and later taught many of their kids to swim.
Ray is survived by his loving wife of 58 years Nina Berkley; three children, Cyndi Crabtree of Fletcher, Mike Berkley of Orlando, FL, and Pat Berkley and his wife Judy of Hendersonville; three grandchildren, Taylor Crabtree, Cole Berkley, and Lauren Berkley; a sister, Captola Guthrie, and a cousin, Myrtle Vaughn both of Virginia.
The family will receive friends from 4:00 to 6:00 PM on Tuesday, August 25, 2015 at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to: Hendersonville Rescue Mission, PO Box 1512, Hendersonville, NC 28793.
An online register book is available for family and friends by visiting www.thosshepherd.com. Thos. Shepherd & Son Funeral Directors and Cremation Memorial Center are in charge of arrangements.
Published in The Times-News on Aug. 25, 2015
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