HICKORY -Michael Allen Ray, 41, passed away unexpectedly on March 20, 2013, as a result of an automobile accident near Blowing Rock.
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Born January 1, 1972, in Mecklenburg County, to Peter "Pete" Allen Ray and Jeannie Fernandez Ray.
He was an employee of L & N Productions of Hickory, as an audio engineer.
He is preceded in death by his grandparents, Ed and Margret Ray, Wade and Edith Rumfelt and uncle, Roger Rumfelt.
Michael was an avid musician, playing the guitar, bass and drums, and was known as a bright soul.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by his stepmother, Rhonda Ray, of Stanley, where she and Pete reside, his life partner and love of his life, Tara Yvonne Barlowe and daughter, Elizabeth Ray, both of the home; Tara's parents, Myra Harding and Clayton Barlowe of Hickory; brother, Jason Ray and sister Heather Ray, both of Stanley; his special nieces and nephews, Gavin, Avitt, and Brinn Barlowe, all of Taylorsville and Avery, Adison, Aiden, and Morgan Ray, all of Stanley; as well as a brother-in-law, Ryan Barlowe, who was just like a brother.
Visitation will be held 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday at Alexander Funeral and Cremation Service; 193 NC Hwy 16 N, in Taylorsville, NC.
A celebration of life memorial service will be held 3 p.m. Sunday in the chapel of the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Elizabeth Ray Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 174, Taylorsville, NC, 28681.
Condolences may be sent to www alexfuneralservice.com for the Ray family.
Arrangements entrusted to Alexander Funeral and Cremation Service in Taylorsville.
Published in Gaston Gazette on Mar. 22, 2013