THEODORE ROOSEVELT RAY, JR.
Known to his friends and family as "Cooper" and "Junior" passed away February 3, 2013 in Waldorf, MD. Born April 6, 1927 in Washington, DC, he was the second of three sons of the late Theodore Roosevelt Ray, Sr. and Clara C. (Gilmore) Ray. On January 16, 1965 in Washington, DC, he married the former Evelyn Brooks. His wife and only son, Theodore Roosevelt Ray, III, preceded him in death. Mr. Ray served in the United States Army and retired after many years from the U.S. Bureau of Standards. He attended Howard University, was a Founding Member of The Fraternal Gents, a Past Master of Masonic Lodge #26, Past Potentate, Shiners Mecca Temple #10 and former Trustee of Salem Baptist Church in Washington, DC.
Theodore was one of three family members who founder Van McCoy Music, Inc. to preserve and promote the music legacy of his cousin, the late Van McCoy, songwriter, producer and musician. He was President of the company for seven years then served as Senior Vice President, due to health constraints until his death. The 23 year old company has successfully reclaimed and restored most of the copyrights and continues to administer Van's music for worldwide use.
He leaves to mourn, aunt, Altamese Gilmore; nieces and nephews, Linda (Ray) Lewis, Reverend Leonard S. Ray, Jr., Gail (Ray) Leigh, Gary Ray, William B. Ray, Jr., Dennis Ray, Resheata (Ray) Springs and Stanley Ray; cousins, Dovell Gilmore, Walter Gilmore, Yvonne (Gilmore) Williams, Marlene Lewis, Doris Lewis and Douglas Lewis; many great-nieces, great-nephews, generations of cousins, his business associates of Van McCoy Music, Inc., his Masonic brothers and a host of other relatives and friends.
The family will receive friends on Saturday, February 16, 2013 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., when services will commence at Salem Baptist Church, 917 N Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20001. Interment Lincoln Memorial Cemetery, Suitland, MD. Arrangements by Stewart Funeral Home, Washington, DC. Please sign guest book at: www.legacy.com