James Henry Ray, son of the late Jessie Martin Ray and Mary Thomas Ray, was born Sept. 27, 1936, east of Frisbee, Mo., and died Saturday, April 9, 2011, at his home at the age of 74.
He married Mary Belle Allen on May 18, 1961, at Friendship Baptist Church.
After farming in the Frisbee, Friendship and Holly Island communities, James and Mary retired to the Friendship area in 1997.
Survivors include his wife, Mary, of the home; one sister, Sue French, of Searcy, Ark., and other relatives and friends.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 16, 2011 at the Sumach United Methodist Church with Rev. Susan Marner-Sides officiating. Visitation will be held at the church from noon to 1 p.m., followed by the memorial service at 1 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to VNA Hospice, P.O. Box 1608, Sikeston, MO 63801, Holcomb Alumni Scholarship Fund c/o Kevin True, 406 Hwy 25, Holcomb, MO. 63852 or to a charity of your choice.
Online condolences may be made at www.mcdanielfuneralservice.com.
McDaniel Funeral Service of Kennett will be in charge of arrangements.