Randall Hunter Ray
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Elkin, NC - Randall Hunter Ray, 57, of Elkin, NC, passed May 10, 2013, following a brief illness. He is survived by his daughters, Jessica Ashley Ray of Knoxville, TN, and Heather Elizabeth (Libby) Gale Ray of Asheville, NC, and brothers William Ernest Ray of Santa Clara, CA, and David Winston Ray of Archdale, NC. Randall was born in Cincinnati, OH, but spent his childhood and most of his adult life in North Carolina, the ancestral home of the Ray-Hurt family dating back to the eighteenth century. From his young adulthood at the Outer Banks, where he established himself as a master carpenter, to his years in Asheville as a kitchen designer, Randall expanded his craftsmanship and made lasting friendships with people from many walks of life, including other artists and craftsmen, teachers, health professionals, and community elders. His interests included genealogy, viticulture, beekeeping, and environmental conservation. Such was his dedication that the Overmountain Victory Trails Association of Wilkes/Surry has named its school program in his honor. Services are scheduled on Saturday, May 18, at Trinity Moravian Church in Winston-Salem. A reception begins at 9:30 a.m. in the fellowship hall, followed by the memorial service in the church at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations to one of the many community organizations Randall supported are welcomed: the Overmountain Victory Trails Assn., Yadkin Riverkeeper, Surry County Genealogical Assn., Yadkin County Historical Society, Surry Beekeepers Assn., and the Rockford Preservation Society.
Published in the Asheville Citizen-Times on May 12, 2013