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May 26, 1924 - Mar. 28, 2013
Raymond Narmore, 88, of Bradenton, Florida, died on Mar. 28, 2013. Visitation will be held from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Tue., Apr. 2, 2013 at Brown & Sons Funeral Homes 43rd Street Chapel, 604 43rd Street West in Bradenton, Florida. Services will be held at 3:00 pm on Wed., at Brown & Sons Funeral Homes 43rd Street Chapel in Bradenton, Florida. Funeral arrangements by: Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory.
Ray was born to Benjamin F. Narmore and Jackie Sue Inman Naramore in Tuscumbia, Alabama on May 26, 1924. As a young man he lived for many years in Athens, Alabama. Ray proudly served in the U.S. Army during World War II and the Korean Conflict. He was an honored recipient of the Bronze Star Medal for his service to his country on December 31, 1953. He often shared fond memories of the men and women he served with during his military career.
On June 6, 1948, Ray was married to the love of his life, Jean Kathryn Gauntt. They enjoyed 63 years of family adventures, traveling, and loving one another. He was a 1954 graduate of The Alabama Polytechnic Institute (later named Auburn University) where he received a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Education. Ray enthusiastically supported the Auburn football team during his lifetime (War Eagle)!
In 1959 Ray and Jean moved to Bradenton, Florida where they have lived since. He was employed by Manatee County Schools as an Agriculture Teacher for 28 years most of which were at Southeast High School. He received enormous pleasure from his adventures with students and leadership participation in the Future Farmers of America. He was a supporter of the Manatee County Retired Teachers organization for several years. Ray is predeceased by his loving wife, Jean; his sister Martha N. Pride, and brother, Turner Narmore. He is survived by his daughter Dian Edington of Bradenton, her children, Kyle and Lee Edington, their father Jerry Edington; his son Norman Narmore of Atlanta, GA and Robin Graham of Decatur, GA; other loving family , Patsy and James Herald Sherer, Jasper, AL; Barbara Gauntt, Florence, AL; Caroline and Conney Batson, Rome, GA; James Pride, Sheffield, AL and a number of special nieces and nephews. In addition, he is survived by many close friends who enriched his life through visits, enormous love, support, and devotion. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations may be made to Southeast High School Future Farmers of America Program, Honor Flight, or Tidewell Hospice, Bradenton office.
Published in Herald Tribune from Mar. 31 to Apr. 1, 2013