Rick Ray, 60, of Homewood passed away at his home, surrounded by his family on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, after a courageous eight-year battle with Progressive Supranuclear Palsey (PSP). Rick was born in Missouri and raised in Tuscumbia. Following his graduation from Deshler High School, he attended Auburn University and graduated in 1973. He moved to Birmingham where he had a very successful sales career in the communications industry, and he received much recognition and many awards over his career. At Auburn, he was an officer in Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity and other school organizations and honor societies. He was raised in the Methodist faith and joined the church at a young age. He enjoyed golf at Eagle Point, Auburn sports, especially football, and Atlanta Braves baseball.
He was predeceased by his parents, Aubrey David Ray and Ottie Gean Ray; and his brother, Aubrey David Ray II.
Survivors include his wife of 25 years, Kathryn Ray; three sons, Jeremy Matthew (Danielle) Ray, Michael Allen Ray and Christopher Adam (Melissa) Peoples; brother-in-law, Joe Billingsly; sister-in-law, Laura Ray; nephew, Joshua David (Amy) Ray; and daughters, Emma Grace and Mary Claire; the mother of his sons, Susan Green; and other family and close friends.
A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21, at Ridout’s Valley Chapel in Homewood, followed by a reception.
The family would like to express a special thank-you to Kensley Kennedy, Rebecca Johnson, Rolanda Goodson and Sandra Powell for the loving care that they gave to Rick over the past month; and a thank-you to New Beacon Hospice.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be given to the West Homewood Station 3 Fire and Rescue Rick Ray Donation Account at any Wells Fargo Bank Branch; or The Cure PSP foundation Mayo Clinic, 30 East Padonia Road, Timonium, MD 21093.
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Carlton Eugene Stafford
Carlton Eugene Stafford, 82, of Cullman passed away Saturday, July 26, 2014, at Cullman Regional Medical Center. He was born April 14, 1932, James and Mary Katherine Brown Stafford. Mr. Stafford was an Air Force veteran of the Korean War. He was the original owner of Carlton’s restaurant.
Susan Melissa Neck Werner
Susan Werner died Monday, July 21, 2014, as a result of an apparent fall at her home in Gainesville, Florida. Susan grew up in Jacksonville, Florida, and, after graduation from FSU, spent many years in Cullman, where she taught elementary school and received a master’s degree from UAB. While in Cullman, she married Robert Werner and helped run a family retail business.
Melissa Gail Hyde
Funeral services for Melissa Gail Hyde, 36, of Vinemont will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 26, 2014, at Moss-Service Funeral Home Chapel, with burial in Round Top Cemetery in Morgan County.
Funeral services for Hazel Warren, 92, of Cullman will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, July 27, 2014, at Moss-Service Funeral Home Chapel, the Rev. John Richter, along with Mrs. Warren’s grandsons, Wes and Wade Warren, officiating, with interment in Cullman City Cemetery.
Larry ‘Bobby’ Lake
Larry "Bobby" Lake, 70, of Addison passed away Friday, July 25, 2014, at his home surrounded by his family. He was born on November 24, 1943, in Cullman.
James Milton ‘Curly’ Clark
Graveside services for James Milton “Curly” Clark, 71, of Cullman will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 27, 2014, at Simcoe Cemetery, the Rev. Jimmy Baker officiating.
Mary Edith Lollar
Funeral services for Mary Edith Lollar, 70, of Arley will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 26, 2014, at Liberty Baptist Church in Winston County, Bro. Max Haygood officiating, with burial in the church cemetery. She will lie in state from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday at the church.
Thelma L. Caudle
Funeral services for Thelma L. Caudle, 61, of Loxley, Ala., will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 26, 2014, at Cullman Funeral Home Chapel, the Rev. Steve Rodgers officiating, with burial in Bethel Methodist Cemetery in Morgan County.
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