Services for Mr. Ray Golden will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, at the Broaddus Pentecostal Church, Hwy. 147 South, Broaddus, Texas. Burial will follow at the Broaddus Cemetery. Ray was born Feb. 12, 1945, to Ethel Mae and James M. Golden in Lufkin, Texas. He passed from this life Monday, Feb. 17, 2014, at his residence. Ray served in the United States Navy
. He was assigned to the USS Oklahoma City, a light-weight guided missile cruiser, during the Vietnam War
. The Com Seventh Fleet was aboard this ship. While in the Navy, he became a dental laboratory technician. After his discharge, he worked briefly in Fort Worth, Texas at the Holtz-O'Conner Dental Lab. Ray returned to Lufkin in 1968 and was employed by Hutcheson Dental Lab. In July 1976, he became owner of the lab. The next 37 years were spent servicing many dentists in the East Texas area. Ray became a certified dental technician in 1969. He took his work seriously and was an outstanding dental technician. His relationship with the dentists and their staff created a huge extended family for him and his wife, Dorinda. Many lives were touched by his skill, humor and wit. Much of Ray's early childhood was spent with his maternal grandparents. They taught him all about farming, ranching and gardening, but most important of all, his grandfather taught him about the Lord. Ray was an avid gardener, sharing his bounty with many. He loved hunting, fishing, raising chickens and just being outdoors. Our most memorable family times were spent in the garden, at the Neches River and on deer leases. He was meticulous when processing deer and made great deer sausage. Ray was as top notch cook with fried catfish and rib-eye steaks being his specialties. On the day after his granddaughter, Abigail, was born, Ray declared she looked up at him and said "I love you, papa" and thus began the best 12 years of his life! When Ray learned in early September 2013 that he had cancer, he returned to the teachings of his childhood, Acts 2:38-39. He repented of his sins, was baptized in Jesus' name and received the gift of the holy ghost. God delivered him from tobacco, alcohol and cursing. Ray was so thankful that God allowed him time to do this. He truly regretted that he had failed to serve the Lord for the past 50 plus years. Left to cherish his memory are his devoted and loving wife, Dorinda; his daughter and son-in-law, Melissa and Richard; his granddaughter, Abigail and her dad, Jason, who was like a son to Ray; step-grandchildren, Candice, Daniel and Josh; brother, James William and wife, Mary; sisters, Bertha and Ethelene; sisters-in-law, Trisha Ann and husband, John, and Nancy Jo and husband, Roy; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles and many friends; his coffee shop buddies; his hunting and fishing buddies; and last, but certainly not least, his beloved pastor, the Rev. Mark Green, and the church family at Broaddus Pentecostal Church, where old-time Bible truth is preached without compromise. Ray was preceded in death by his parents; grandparents; parents-in-law; brothers-in law, Pete and D.W.; and lifelong best friend, Coy Conner. Thank you so very much for the many prayers, cards, phone calls and texts, all of which made this five-month journey so much easier. Please honor Ray's request that in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to the Broaddus Pentecostal Church building fund, P.O. Box 476, Broaddus, Texas 75929. Wyman Roberts Funeral Home.