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James G. Ray
April 2, 1926 - March 7, 2019
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James G. “Jimmy” Ray, Sr. was born April 2, 1926 and passed from this world on March 7, 2019. I don’t think I was really a bad person. I apologize for all those I wronged, I am sorry. That’s it – remember me – each in your own way. I loved you all. All that …
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Kim Kaczmarek left a message on March 8, 2019:
A Tribute to Our Grandfather - James G. Ray 4/2/1926 to 3/7/2019 “I don’t think I was really a bad person. I apologize for all those I wronged, I am sorry. That’s it- remember me each in your own way. I loved you all. All that is left to say is good bye.” - Jim Ray These are the last words our grandfather left for all of his family and friends. We are told that these were his words… left with Walker Funeral Home for his last say on this earth. Where this came from, we are all astounded because this is not the man we all know and love. G’pa, Papa Jim, Him with White Hair… that’s how we know James G. Ray, Sr. He was not a bad person as he had a love of family that could never be surpassed. You see, the JGR of our life never focused on petty issues, he made life fun and always had a smile and tight hug for us no matter what the occasion! He stood by his children and his grandchildren and never let outside influences disrupt this family. Christmas, Easter, July 4th, Birthdays, Race days and every other special “family” day you would find him with his children and even his ex-wife. He remained a support to her throughout the years and never let their differences interfere with the tight knit family bond that they had established. This is the man that we remember. He was a man who was a dedicated employee with Borden’s and our own personal “ice cream man”. He always brought us our favorite flavors! He was a man who accepted odd jobs: traveling all over the state to monitor radio stations, spending days on end counting people who attended movies at the movie theatre and even working for the cable company collecting cable boxes from people who did not pay their bills. As anyone who knew him will tell, these jobs always created a new story for him to embellish and share in his own crazy way. G’pa was the man who was a trendsetter in his own right. He had the mobile CB radio and whip antennae before it became fashionable, he toted a beeper and box phone before they were main stream. He loved Hee-Haw, Andy Griffith and Benny Hill but hated “yard-bird” (better known as chicken to most folks). Our G’pa always kept us guessing and gift giving was always a treat. He was a pro at giving quirky birthday gifts. Sequential one dollar bills or the golden dollars that equal your age were always a treat. He was just a fun-loving G’pa that did those grandpa types of things. As his legacy lives on through his family, his great- grandchildren will continue to hear the stories as he told them: “Lizzy Borden took an axe…”, “There was a girl from Cape Cod…”, “Destiny Rose sat on a tack…” and the infamous “Georgie Porgy…” It will be through these stories, and ours, that they will understand the love that he gave to each of us and the love we had for him. As we continue on in our lives we will look to James Jr., Barbara Sue, and Judith Ann to share more memories of their beloved father. A man who began his adult life with stock car racing, kept life exciting with his new adventures and openly embraced the happiness that his family provided. There is not enough money in this world, not enough material goods to fill a home or enough bad words that could be said that will ever change our minds, or erase our memories, of this amazing man we called G’pa, Papa Jim and Him with White Hair. Please Rest in Peace knowing that you are loved and missed beyond measure. Your Loving Grandchildren, Tracey, Kim, Treena, April, Stephen and Matt
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