Tahlequah Daily Press

January 2, 2013

J.B. Ray


TAHLEQUAH — Services for J.B. Ray will be held Wednesday, Jan. 2, at 2 p.m., at the First Baptist Church in Kiowa, with Rev. James Crowson officiating.

Interment will follow in the Oakhill Cemetery in Kiowa, under the care and direction of Hart Funeral Home in Tahlequah.

J.B. Ray the son of Joseph “Dick” and Blanche (Jones) Ray was born Feb. 20, 1922, in Pittsburgh County, and departed this life on Dec. 28, 2012, in Tahlequah, at the age of 90 years, 10 months and eight days.

J.B. proudly served his country in the Navy during World War II. He served in the south seas during his tour and he was very proud of his service.

He taught Vocational Agriculture in Kiowa for over 16 years before moving to Tahlequah. He worked as an industrial development specialist for the Bureau of Indian Affairs until he retired.

He was an active member of the Good Sam Club in Tahlequah, he was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Kiowa, and he was a member of Park Hill Baptist Church. J.B. enjoyed life and loved his family.

Through the years he touched many lives and he will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Elizabeth Ray; daughter, Judy Ryals; sister, Gladys Stites; and brother, Buster Ray.

He is survived by a loving family which includes his children, Rodney Ray and wife Karen of Owasso, Cynthia Schooley and husband George of Tahlequah, Kathy Hewlett of Tahlequah, Mary Davis and husband Randy of Tahlequah, and Jim Ray and wife Polly of Kiowa; 17 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great-grandchildren. Many nieces, nephews, friends and other relatives also survive him.

Hart Funeral Home, 1506 N. Grand, (918) 456-8823.