STEPHENVILLE — Marshall W. Ray, Sr., 87, passed away Sunday, Nov. 2, 2008, in Fort Worth.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 6, 2008, at White’s Funeral Home Chapel in Mineral Wells. Burial will follow in Indian Creek Cemetery. The family will receive visitors from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2008, at the funeral home.

Mr. Ray was born on April 29, 1921, in Erath County. He married Bobby Joyce Burks of Comanche County on Aug. 17, 1946, in Mineral Wells. Mr. Ray was a long time resident of Erath County before moving to Mineral Wells in 1945. He served in the U.S. Army as a medic in the signal corps during World War II in the European Theater and participated in the Allied Invasion of Normandy, Omaha Beach on D Day. He was employed with the REA in Stephenville, until moving to Mineral Wells where he was employed by Jaques Steel Co. and Bateman’s Foundry and Machine Shop, until going into the manufacturing business. He was a member of the Business Men’s Class of First Baptist Church in Mineral Wells until he and his wife retired to Stephenville, where they attended Valley Grove Baptist Church. He was a past board member of Boy Scout Troop 72, a charter member of Poor Boy’s Roping Club, and the Perrin Coon Hunting Club. He and his wife also enjoyed many years of camping with the Crazy Sam’s Camping Club.

Survivors include son, Marshall W. Ray, Jr. and wife Charlotte; daughter, Lou Alda Ray Cardwell and husband Phillip Allan; granddaughters, Kendall Ray Shearman and husband Richard, Bobbie Cardwell Dotson and husband Chris; grandson, Phillip Ray Cardwell; great-granddaughter, Susan Elizabeth Dotson; sister, Naomi Pate; niece, Maida Lucus; great-niece, Cindy Davis and husband Lonnie, and many cousins and friends.

Published Nov. 4, 2008

Stephenville Empire-Tribune