Ray Verucchi, Jr.
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Raphael Thomas "Ray" Verucchi Jr. was born on August 1, 1937 in Natchez, MS to Emma and Raphael "Fink" Sr., and went to be with our Lord on June 30, 2012. He was a graduate of Cathedral High School Class of 1955. After graduation, he joined the Air Force, but after a short time was discharged because of his eyesight. Later he attended Co-Lin Jr. College, Hinds Jr. College and Mississippi College. He worked for Armstrong Tire and Rubber Company in Natchez until his retirement in 1976. He and his wife then relocated to Madison, MS, so that he could attend the Addie McBride Center. He served on the Board of Aldermen in the city of Madison for 8 years establishing the Beautification Committee and the Christmas Parade. He was also instrumental in starting the Madison Police Department, and building infrastructure at the Madison Fire Department. He was a member of Ridgecrest Baptist Church and was very involved in Christian ministry. Daddy was loved by all who knew him, and he loved all whom he knew.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Emma and Raphael Sr., and his two brothers Eddie and Billy. He is survived by his faithful wife of 38 years, Jaunita Raybon Verucchi of Madison, a daughter Pam Weatherly and husband Barry of Baton Rouge, LA, a sister Linda McKinion of Brandon, MS, a grandson Chase Weatherly and fiance Tori Crawford of Baton Rouge, LA, a grandaughter Faith Phillips and husband Alan Jr. of Denham Springs, LA., five nephews and one niece.
Visitation will be 5-8pm on Monday, July 2, 2012 at Wright & Ferguson Funeral Home in Ridgeland. Funeral services will be 11:00am on Tuesday, July 3, 2012 at Ridgecrest Baptist Church in Madison preceded by visitation at 10:00am. Burial will follow at Canton Cemetery in Canton.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to "Every Village" which is a ministry to the people of South Sudan, and mailed to Every Village, Attn. Nathan Bogue, 2100 West Loop South, Suite 600, Houston, Texas 77027.
Published in Clarion Ledger on July 1, 2012