Gunnery Sgt. Richard Leigh Ray, USMC (ret), 66, passed away Friday, April 19, 2013.
He was born in Seattle, Wash. to the late Thomas Bennette Ray, Jr. and Frances Nadine Roddewig Ray. Mr. Ray served in the U.S. Marines during the Vietnam War and The Siege of Beirut. During his career he served as a Field Radio Operator; Photo Journalist in Pubic Affairs and retired in radio and television. After serving his country he managed a medical practice and served as President on various clubs and organizations, as well as serving on the Onslow County School Board. He was also a member of Infant of Prague Catholic Church in Jacksonville.
A mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday morning, April 23, 2013 at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church. Burial will be held in Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.
Mr. Ray is survived by his daughter, Kathryn Green of Fort Walton Beach, Fla.; son, Michael Ray & wife Jenette of Raleigh; granddaughter, Tyler Ray of Raleigh; grandson, Warner Ray of Raleigh; sister, Joanne Dearbeck of Franklin, WV. He was preceded in death by his brother, Thomas B. Ray, III.
A service of Bright Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Wake Forest. (919-556-5811)
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