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James "Jim" William Ray, Sr.

May 21, 1939 — December 14, 2023

Troy

 

James "Jim" William Ray, Sr., age 84 of Troy, passed away at his home on Thursday, December 14, 2023.

Mr. Ray was born in McKeesport Pennsylvania on May 21, 1939 to George Ray and Clementine Elwell Ray. After High School he received his Undergrad at Western Carolina University where he played baseball. He received his Master's Degree from UNC Greensboro. Jim was a lifelong teacher and learner, teaching History for over 35 years. He coached baseball starting with Star Middle School, Troy Middle School, then West Montgomery High School. He also taught at Montgomery Community College and Randolph Community College. Jim enjoyed collecting Micro Minerals, rocks, baseball cards, and books as he was an avid reader. He was a member of First Baptist Church where he was a Sunday School teacher and a Deacon. He also was a member of the Lion's Club. Jim's pride and joy were his grandchildren. Jim or "Mr. Ray" as he was lovingly known in Montgomery County, was a friend to everyone. You never saw him that he didn't have a smile on his face and a story to talk about. He truly left this world leaving an impression on all that knew him.

Mr. Ray is survived by his son Jimi Ray (Angie) of Dallas NC; grandsons: Austin Ray (Angel) and Andrew Ray (Blaire); great grandsons: Avery and Asher; sister: Sandy Mercer (Ron) of FL; nephew: Shawan Russell (Kelsey) and great niece Ayden. Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife Linda Russell Ray.

The family will receive friends on Monday, December 18, 2023 at First Baptist Church, 401 E. Main St., Troy, NC from 11:30 AM to 1:45 PM. A Funeral Service will follow at 2:00 PM with Pastor Nick Allen officiating. Burial will be in Southside Cemetery, Troy, NC.

Memorial Donations may be made in his honor to First Baptist Church, 401 E. Main St., Troy, NC 27371.

On-line condolences may be made at www.pughfuneralhome.com.

Pugh Troy Funeral Home is serving the family of Jim Ray.

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Service Schedule

Past Services

Visitation

Monday, December 18, 2023

11:30am - 1:45 pm (Eastern time)

Troy First Baptist Church

401 E Main St, Troy, NC 27371

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Funeral Service

Monday, December 18, 2023

2:00 - 3:00 pm (Eastern time)

Troy First Baptist Church

401 E Main St, Troy, NC 27371

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Interment

Monday, December 18, 2023

3:15 - 4:15 pm (Eastern time)

Southside Cemetery

S Main St, Troy, NC 27371

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