Saunders Ray Linberg Saunders, 84, of Draper, Va., passed away Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, in the LewisGale Hospital, Pulaski, Va. Ray was born Jan. 19, 1928, the son of the late Thomas Jefferson Saunders and Minnie Crowder Saunders. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Faye Hancock Saunders; brothers, George and Lawrence; and sister, Margie Crosswhite. Surviving are his children, Thomas Ray, Michael Adrian and Pamela S. Bratton and her husband, Darrell; grandchildren, Taylor and Amber Bratton; sister, Mary Ellen Graham of Salem, Va; and several nieces and nephews. Ray began his career in the furniture industry 60 years ago, which brought him to Pulaski county. His love of wood was evident of the time he spent in his workshop at the home place. He also had a love for antiques, which led him and Faye to open Cloverleaf Antique Mall in Draper's Valley. Aside from Ray's work life, he enjoyed hunting on the family homeplace and traveling to Montana and to any local creek in search of trout, which he loved to eat. Ray's military experience consisted of two tours in the U.S. Navy on-board the Battleship USS Wisconsin. Ray's untimely passing allows him to celebrate with the love of his life, Faye, their 60th wedding anniversary, Wednesday, Nov. 7. Just as they took their vows in marriage, they are bound together in eternity and rejoicing together as one. Funeral services will be held Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012, at 2 p.m., from the Stevens Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Johnny Howlett officiating. Burial will follow at the Memorial Christian Church Cemetery, Draper, with VFW Post No. 1184 conducting military graveside rites. The family will receive friends from 12 noon untill the service hour at Stevens Funeral Home, Pulaski.
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Published in Wytheville Enterprise on November 10, 2012