Ridout’s Valley Chapel in Homewood
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.