Maj. Raymond Estelle II

Obituary



ESTELLE, Maj. Raymond Gray II, of the U.S. Air Force of Yorktown,

Va., was killed in action

Wed-nesday, April 27, 2011, in Kabul, Afghani-stan. Maj. Estelle was a native of New Haven, Conn., and had resided in the Tampa and Brandon, Fla., area from 1999 to 2001, and had returned many times over the years. Both Major Estelle and his wife, Major N'Keiba, loved the Tampa Bay area and had planned for their family to reside in the area after retirement. He would have completed 20 years of military service in September 2011. Major Estelle leaves to cherish his memory, his wife of 10 years, Major N'Keiba J. Estelle; 7-week-old son, Raymond G. Estelle III; daughter, Shayla J. Estelle, (8) all of Yorktown, Va.; mother, Regina Estelle; sister, Nyiesha Estelle; a greatly loved and admired grandfather, Mr. Burton Gifford, all of New Haven; a father and mother-in-law, Levi and Lynn Knox of Valrico, Fla.; and a host of nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and close friends. Funeral services for Major Estelle will take place at

10 a.m. Monday, May 9, 2011, at Bell Shoals Baptist Church, 2102 Bell Shoals Road in Brandon, with chaplain Capt. John Boulware of Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia officiating. Interment will follow at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, Fla. There will not be a wake, but the remains will repose 5- 7 p.m. Sunday, May 8, 2011, at Ray Williams Funeral Home, 301 N. Howard Ave. In lieu of flowers or other gifts, the family established a college fund for the Estelle children. Those who wish to donate, should contact the Air Warrior Courage Foundation and annotate, Estelle Family 529 College Fund, Air Warrior Courage Foundation, P.O. Box 877, Silver Spring, MD 20918

(877) 921-2923, http://ww w. airwarriorcourage.org.

Arrangements are entrusted to Ray Williams Funeral Home, Rhodes & Northern, Owners

Published in TBO.com on May 7, 2011
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