Lawrence Ray Joplin

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Lawrence Ray Joplin LUBBOCK-Family and friends will gather to celebrate the life of Ray Joplin, 81, of Lubbock at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 10, 2014, at Green Lawn Church of Christ (east entrance). Inurnment will follow at 3 p.m. in the Meadow Cemetery. Our beloved Ray went to be with the Lord on April 26, 2014. Ray Joplin was born on May 29, 1932, on a farm near Shallowater to the late Louis Ray and Thelma Inez (Clemmer) Joplin, and lived most of his life in Meadow, Texas, where he attended school, was a football and track star, and went by the nickname Jopo. He graduated in 1951. He was in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He moved to Lubbock, Texas, after his discharge. He worked in construction and helped build several buildings in downtown Lubbock. He worked at Texas Tech University for 20 years as a Machine Shop Foreman and retired in 1994. He was very active in the Texas Public Employees Association, serving as president at one time. Ray married Ruth (Brunson) Robbins in 1968, who had two children previously, and Jerrie Rae was then born to this marriage. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Doris Bezdek. He is survived by his wife, Ruth; daughter, Jerrie and (Vern) Pharr; daughter, Mary Spicher and son, James Robbins. He had four grandsons, Russell Darin and (Tash) Spicher, William Robbins, Toby Pharr, and Colton Williams; two granddaughters, Beverly Spicher and Kaleigh Williams; and one great-granddaughter, Nexus Robbins. He also leaves behind an aunt, Rowena Caswell; two nieces; one nephew; and several cousins, along with many friends that loved him dearly. The family would like to extend a special thanks to the staff of Odyssey Hospice and Serendipity Suites for the care they gave him. In lieu of flowers please send donations to Parkinson's research or . To view tribute and share a thought or memory of Ray visit www.memorialdesigners.net.


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Published in The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal on May 7, 2014
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