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Bobby Ray (1933 - 2012)

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SHERMAN - Funeral services for Dr. Bobby Ray, 78, of Sherman will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 10, 2012 at the Waldo Funeral Home Chapel. Dr. Mike Lawson and Rev. Steve Rice will officiate the service. Burial will follow at Cedarlawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Sherman. Arrangements are under the direction of Waldo Funeral Home in Sherman.

Bobby passed away on Monday, May 7, 2012 at his residence in Sherman.

He was born on August 1, 1933 to Thomas Bernice and Easter Gibson Ray in Commerce. He was born first followed by his twin brother Billy. Their mother predeceased them in childbirth. They were raised by their maternal grandmother, Ida Gibson, affectionately known as "Mama Gipp."

Bobby proudly served in the United States Navy during the Korean War on the USS Walker.

He married Barbara Ann Busby on August 30, 1957 in Denison. Bobby spent the majority of his life in the education field having taught at McReynolds Jr. High in Houston, at Sunset High School in Dallas, LTV, SOSU in Durant, Okla., NCTC in Gainesville, and was enjoying teaching part-time at Sherman High School at the time of his passing.

He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Sherman and the Discovery Class.

Bobby graduated from Commerce High School in 1951. He then graduated from Texas A&M Commerce with a BS Degree, Master Degree and PHD in Education.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Barbara, daughter, LaTressa Melton and husband Steve, son, Hal Ray and wife Irene, granddaughters, Emily and Kayla Ray. Bobby is also survived by sisters-in-law Tommye K. Bartscht and Marjorie Sanders, nieces Jeannie Neal, Nondas Bullard and Kelly Bartscht and nephews Billy D. Ray, Ronald Ritchey and Russell Ritchey.

Bobby was preceded in death by his parents and his twin brother Billy Ray.

Daddy enjoyed riding his Honda Gold Wing, playing golf, working on his computer and his beloved little Rocky. Relax was not in his vocabulary. He was the happiest when he was busy and had a project to work on. We love you and our lives are forever changed, but we know we will see you again.

Family night will be from 6 -7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 7 at Waldo Funeral Home.

The online register book may be signed online at www.waldofuneralhome.com.
Published in The Herald Democrat on May 9, 2012
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