August 16, 1931 ~ December 25, 2003

Born in: Buncombe Co.,
Resided in: Asheville, NC

JoAnn Carland Ray, 72, of 573 Old Leicester Highway, Asheville, died Thursday, December 25, 2003, at her home. Mrs. Ray was born in Buncombe County and was a daughter of the late Kenneth and Virginia Webb Carland. She was married to Robert L. Ray who died in 1992. She graduated from Lee H. Edwards High School and was a member of Calvary Baptist Church. Surviving are two sons, Bob Ray and his wife Bobbie and Lt. Ron Ray and his wife Karen, all of Asheville; three grandchildren, Lee Ray, Jeff Ray and Olivia Ray and one great-granddaughter Alana Ray. Funeral services will be at 4:00 p.m. Sunday in the Patton Avenue chapel of Groce Funeral Home with the Rev. Jake Fender officiating. Burial will be at Sluder Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Lee Ray, Jeff Ray, Gene Hines, Bobby Smith, Matthew Smith and Jared Teague. Her family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service.

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  1. Bob
    You have my deepest condolences, That I hear about your mother. I wish that I could be there now. I hope to hear or see you in the next week or so.


  2. Ronnie, Karen, and Olivia,
    We just wanted you all to know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. The grief is hard to bear but just knowing friends are here for support will help you through.
    Love, Marty, Sandra,
    Cody and Trevor

  3. I left a phone message but again just wanted to say my prayers are with you all. My mother was young and it was unexpected also. Know that my thoughts have deeper acknowledgement of your loss than these words can express.


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