Smithfield - Theodore B. "Ted" Ray, 88 passed away Thursday, June 06, 2013 at his home. Born in Roanoke Rapids, NC, August 23, 1924, he was the son of the late Otis F. and Mattie Ray. After graduation from Roanoke Rapid High School, in 1942, he joined the Newport News Shipbuilding Apprentice School. Following three years of military service, Ted continued his studies at the apprentice school. Within five years he received his diploma as a hydraulic draftsman. He then entered Purdue University
and received a BS degree in civil engineering, and worked for Dravo Corporation for eight years.
Returning to the shipyard in 1961, Ted taught math and science. He revived and became the coach of the wrestling team and later served in various positions in technical and environmental affairs. Ted became the first manager of environmental engineering for the shipyard, and received awards for the company's compliance with environmental regulations dealing with water, air, and hazardous wastes. He was also cited for his performance in developing policy against the use of extremely toxic organic compounds in anti-fouling paint. He was recognized for his work in the control of PCB, a disposal program for asbestosis, innovative dust control system and control of toxic substances in wastewater. He served on environmental committees for several industry and professional societies, including the Shipbuilding Council of America, Naval Architects and Marine Engineers, Virginia Manufacturers Association, and Hampton Roads Maritime Association.
He was a longtime member of the Isle of Wight Ruritans Club and the Smithfield Baptist Church.
Ted is survived by his wife of 68 years, Gloria Edwards Ray; two sons, Rodney Ray of Smithfield and Brian Ray and his wife, Paula of Prescott, AZ; one grandson, Kenneth and his wife, Erika, of Arlington, VA; a sister, Mildred Ray and brother, Graham "Booster" Ray both of Roanoke Rapids, NC; and a host of nieces and nephews and extended family.
The family will receive friends 5-7 pm, Saturday, June 8, in Colonial Funeral Home, Smithfield. A service celebrating Ted's life will be held 2:00 pm, Sunday, June 9, in Smithfield Baptist Church. Burial will follow in Historic St. Luke's Cemetery.
The family expresses sincere thanks to Riverside Hospice for their love and support, and especially to Sherri Burgess, Juanita Jones, Omeka Seaborn, Lisa Lewis, Debbie Boyd and Leslie Wilson. They requests memorial contributions to Union Missions, PO Box 3203, Norfolk, VA 23514 or to Doctors without Borders, 533 Seventh Ave, 2nd Floor, New York, New York 10001-5004.
Arrangements are in the care of Colonial Funeral Home, Smithfield, VA