Raymond Bost, 83, passed away Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013. Funeral: 1 p.m. Tuesday at Lamar Baptist Church. Dr. Kevin Moore is officiating the service, with life experiences being given by Tom Green. Interment: 3 p.m. Tuesday in Moore Memorial Gardens. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Arlington Funeral Home. Ray was born in the Brazos River bottom nine miles down the river out of Waco on April 27, 1930, to Sterling Elcaney and Ivy Lorene Crider Bost. He was known as the "been there done that" all of his life. He fell in love with his childhood sweetheart, Pat Smith. He never had another girlfriend. She was a big city girl that was born and raised in Riesel. They both graduated from Riesel High School. There was never a stronger love than his love for Pat. Shortly after he graduated, he joined the U.S. Marine Corps
. Ray mailed Pat's engagement ring to her while he was stationed at Camp Pendleton, Calif. He was discharged in July of 1949, and he and Pat were married Aug. 18, 1949. We both had each other but nothing else, but we didn't need anything else. The Korean War
started in June of 1950 and Ray went back into U.S. Marine Corps and went to Korea. He spent the rest of 1950 and all of 1951 then came home in January of 1952. We moved to Houston where he attended cotton science and marketing school. They returned to Waco to go in the cotton business and soon after their first son was born, and he was followed by three other kids. They moved to Lubbock where Ray managed a cotton gin, from there to a cotton marketing operation, then Allis Chalmers where he became manager of marketing for six years. Business took a nose dive, and he went into the steel building business which turned out to be very successful with Delta Steel Building Company. He retired from Delta in July of 1986. He then worked as a deputy sheriff from December of 1990 until mid-1994. A few years later, he became a number two funeral directors assistant for Mount Olivet for a period of years. After all this he decided enough is enough. He spent the rest of his working life rebuilding antique cars, mostly model A's and a number of others. Ray was a believer, accepting Jesus Christ as his Savior, a charter member of Lamar Baptist Church in Arlington, an ordained deacon, serving in various capacities in the church. Ray was predeceased in death by his parents; siblings, Frances Bost Gaskamp, Floyd Bost and Bernice Bost Ucci; twin granddaughters, MacClean and MacKenzie Richardson. Survivors: Wife of 64 years, Pat; sons, Steve (Sharon), Stanley (Linda), Thomas (Keila); daughter, Lisanne Bost Jennett (Dave); grandchildren, Aaron, Trent, Kristen Bost, of Houston, JMac Richardson (father, Robert Richardson)of Arlington, Taylor and Derian Bost (mother, Janan of Midland); great-grandchild, Reese MacLaine Richardson; and numerous extended family members.