Robert Lee Ray Sr. LUBBOCK-Robert Lee Ray Sr., Poppa Ray, 87, passed away on Friday, Nov. 2, 2012. Born on Feb. 4, 1925, to the late John and Zadie Ray in Obeland, Okla., he was reared in Haskell and Littlefield, Texas, prior to moving to Lubbock in 1945. He attended public school in Littlefield, business school under the GI Bill, and later attended Texas Tech University. He served in the US Army from May 1943 until December 1945 as a medic, receiving the Good Conduct Medal, American Campaign Medal and WWII Victory Medal. He was a member of Post 88 American Legion. Robert served faithfully at Ford Memorial C.O.G.I.C. and finally at Agape Temple as a deacon. He served 40+ years as Sunday school superintendent. Robert worked in the building trade as a licensed carpenter retiring after working for several major contractors like McMillan & Co., Pharr & Pharr and Lee Lewis. After carpentry, he worked for Lubbock Regional MHMR and retired in 2007. Robert was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Virdie Mae; his son, Robert L. Ray Jr.; three sisters; and two brothers. He leaves to cherish his memories his wife of 17 years, Minnie R. Ray; three daughters, Gwendolyn Titus, Jacquelyn Porch and Karen Anderson; son, Michael E. Ray (Stacey); one sister, Ruthie Randle; seven sons, Totsey (Shawanda), Rickey, Anthony, Jeffery, Thomas and Myron (Pamela); one daughter, Sara House (Jim); 24 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; three great-great grandchildren; along with a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Celebration of life services will be held on Friday, Nov. 9, 2012, at Agape Temple C.O.G.I.C. at 11 a.m. Interment will follow in City of Lubbock Cemetery under the direction of Griffin Mortuary. Visitation will be held today from 1 to 6 p.m. at Griffin Mortuary.
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Published in The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal on Nov. 8, 2012