Charles Ray

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Longtime Conroe resident Charles Kenneth "C.K." Ray, Sr. left his earthly home April 2, 2017 in Carthage, TX. and journeyed to his heavenly home where he joined his wife, Becky. C.K. was born September 13, 1921 in Vivian, LA to Dr. C.K. and Veda Malone Ray. He was the only son and youngest child, so you might say he was the baby of the family having three older sisters. He graduated from Vivian High School at the age of 16 and attended Northeast Center of LSU in Monroe, LA where he was a cheerleader. He joined the U.S. Army and served in England and The European Theater during WWII. After returning from the war he went to work for Columbian Carbon Company in Monroe and was later sent to Conroe, TX where he met his future wife, Becky Pace. They married on August 24, 1946 at the 1st Presbyterian Church in Conroe and celebrated more than 48 years of marriage before Becky's death in 1995. To this union, two children were born, a daughter Patty in 1948 and a son Charlie in 1951.

C.K. has always been a hard worker, starting out at an early age delivering papers, managing picture shows in Vivian, LA and Linden, TX, working for Columbian Carbon for over 40 years, and finally retiring from Metcalf Funeral Directors after more than 25 years. But his work didn't stop there with the paying jobs. He was a member of the Conroe Parks and Recreation board for over 30 years. In 2011 he was honored with having the newly renovated Rec. Center named in his honor. He was a past member of the Conroe Noon Lions and a lifetime member of Montgomery Co Fair Association, a member of the Conroe Chamber of Commerce, supporter of the Crighton Theater, a Boy Scout Leader and Cub Master, and a Little League Baseball coach. He was a regular at Vernon's where he ate lunch every day and was famous for his cookies that he enjoyed handing out to those around town.

He was a member of First United Methodist Church of Conroe for over 70 years where he was a part of the Men's Sunday School Class, Song Leader, Lay Leader, and Head Usher for the 8:30am service. He was a faithful servant of the Lord and his church, never missing a Sunday unless he was out of town and never missing a handshake or welcoming a visitor to the church. His favorite Bible verse was Matthew 5:16. "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in Heaven." C.K. definitely lived by these words and his light will shine on.

C.K. was well known in his community as a friendly and outgoing man and never met a stranger. He enjoyed every day of his ninety-five plus years. He was known for always whistling a tune and you always knew he was coming before you saw him. He said the secret to life was getting up every morning and being thankful. He enjoyed life and the people he would meet each day.

He is preceded in death by his parents, wife, son-in-law Jim Dawson, daughter-in-law Jennifer Ray, sisters, other family members and friends. He is survived by his daughter Patty Dawson of Carthage, TX; son Charlie Ray of Conroe, TX; grandchildren Andy Dawson and wife Teri of Beckville, TX; Mark Dawson and wife Brandy of Gary, TX; Jeffrey Dawson and wife Kacey of Beckville, TX; Toma Harrison and wife Lana of Conroe, TX; and Myla Cobler and husband Billy of Cut 'n Shoot, TX; great grandchildren Chase, Kaylee, Lexie, Skylar, and Kaydence Dawson, Kiara and Davin Moody, Keely, Jack, and Ty Cobler, and Kailyn, Carson, and Aubrey Harrison. Numerous other family members and a host of friends are also left to treasure his memory.

A visitation will be held Thursday, April 6th at Metcalf Funeral Directors from 5pm to 7pm. The Funeral Service will be at First United Methodist Church of Conroe Friday, April 7th at 2pm with Dr. Jerry Neff and Rev. Janet Stillwell officiating. Interment will follow at Garden Park Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Andy Dawson, Mark Dawson, Jeff Dawson, Chase Dawson, Eddie Case, Mike Cantu, and Rob Hamilton. Honorary pallbearers are the FUMC Men's Tuesday Morning Bible Study, FUMC Men's Sunday School Class, C.K. Ray Rec Center directors and staff, The Vernon Girls, and The Post Office Girls.


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Published on yourconroenews.com from Apr. 4 to Apr. 17, 2017
Arrangements under the direction of:
Metcalf Funeral Directors
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