Mr. Roy Lee Ray, a Lodi resident for 51 years, passed away on July 3, 2011. He was 86 years old.
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He was born to parents Elisha Ray and Daisy (Beasley) Ray in Tutwiler, Mississippi on December 7, 1924. He spent his entire youth in rural Mississippi until he enlisted in the United States Army Air Corps. He served from 1943 - 1946. After his military service he continued his education on the GI Bill at Colorado College, Colorado Springs, Colorado where he obtained a teaching credential. He moved to California, teaching at various schools in San Rafael, Patterson and Sebastopol before moving to Lodi in 1958. He taught at Lodi High School for 27 years, from 1958 until he retired in 1985. Initially he taught business courses such as typing, shorthand and business machines. As those courses became less in demand he began teaching more mathematics courses such as business math and algebra.
He enjoyed photography and working on automobiles. After his retirement he became an avid dancer and did some traveling.
There were no formal services. Visitation and committal were private. He is interred in the Veteran's Section of Lodi Memorial Cemetery. He is survived by three daughters, Deborah Ray of Santee, CA, Teresa (Mark) Gill of Lakewood, CA, and Nancy (Keith) Cahoon of Tokyo, Japan, and three grandchildren, Erica Ray, Kayla Cahoon and Sam Cahoon.
Over the course of his 27 years as an educator in the community Mr. Ray taught thousands of students. It is to those students who remember him with affection that this obituary is addressed on the first anniversary of his passing.
Published in Lodi News-Sentinel from June 28 to July 5, 2012