January 13, 1928 ~ August 5, 2021

Born in: Yancey County, NC
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Paul Ray, 93, of Asheville, died Thursday, August 5, 2021, at the Laurels of Summit Ridge. A native of Yancey County he was the son of the late John Ray and Cora Fox Ray. He was preceded in his death by his loving wife Doris Mae Ray. Also preceded in death by nine siblings; Roy, Georgia, Frank, Alice, James, Arthur, Everette, John Carl, and Verna.

After High School he joined the Merchant Marines and later served two tours of active duty in the United States Navy (1947–1952). Upon discharge from the Navy, he joined the Naval Reserves and served until his retirement. He retired from the VA Medical Center after 30 years of service from the Mail Room.

He is survived by many loving family members.

Funeral Services with Military Honors will be held on Wednesday, August 11 at 11:00 am at East Asheville United Methodist Church, where he was a member. Rev. Phillip Hurst will officiate. Visitation will begin at 10:00 am prior to the service. Masks will be required in the church. Interment will follow at Skyview Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in his memory to the Disabled American Veterans online at www.dav.org.

Groce Funeral Home on Tunnel Road is assisting the family.

Services

Funeral Service: August 11, 2021 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

East Asheville United Methodist Church
48 Browndale Road
Asheville, NC 28805

828-298-3211

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  1. Paul Ray you was such a honest, and great man. It was a pleasure to be around you. So thankful to have been a friend to you. Your work on earth is done, go rest high on the hill. Now your walking the streets of gold with your loving family.🙏🙏

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  2. Our condolences for Uncle Paul’s entire family. Blessed are those who mourn for they will be comforted. Matthew 5:4. You were so kind and always helping someone. May you rest in peace alongside Doris the love of your life. There is so much more to say but we won’t forget to say thank you for your service. Our love Paul (Eddie) and Ann <3

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  3. For Paul’s entire family. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Matthew 5:4. You were so kind and always helping someone. May you rest in peace alongside Doris the love of your life. There is so much to say and it will be kept for our memories of you, but we will not forget to thank you for your service. Thank you! Our love Paul (Eddie) and Ann

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  4. THERE WAS NEVER A TIME IN MY LIFE THERE WASHT A UNCLE PAUL RAY, HE TAUGHT ME MANY LESSONS THREW THE YEARS, . A GREAT AND KNOWLEDGABLE MAN, I REMNBER SPENTING TIME WITH THEM THREW THE YEARS, GOING FISHING AND PLANITING TREES IN THERE BACK YARD ONE SUMMER, A UNCLE AND A FRIEND THREW IT ALL, GOD BLESS THE MEMORIE OF THIS , GODELY MAN, GOD BLESS U ALL, ARTHUR MAC ABERNATHY.

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  5. What friends we were..Nurse Doris,you and me…How good the cider steaming on the stove smelled and tasted during holidays…thanks for memories…..E

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  6. We’ll miss you Uncle Paul. You were always one of the fun uncles, and one of the most caring. I’ll never forget the way you and Aunt ‘Fuzzy’ helped take care of mother when she had cancer. That was always appreciated. Tell Aunt Fuzzy hello for us, and enjoy your grand vacation. We love you.
    Kin and Phyllis Keener

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  7. You and Doris “Ray (Day)” were true saints on earth. Thank you for your many kindnesses to our family throughout the years.

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