Ray Steele

ray steele

September 13, 1942 ~ September 29, 2008

Resided in: Asheville, NC

Howard Ray Steele, 66, of Hidden Acres Drive, Asheville, died Monday, September 29, 2008, at Mission Hospitals. A native of Nabo, WV, Mr. Steele was a son of the late Walter Tate and Susie Nottingham Steele. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. Mr. Steele is survived by his wife, Patra Sue McCown Steele; three daughters, Lisa Gantt, Darlene Wellman, and Lynette Post; three sons, Tony Ray Steele, Paul Mason Dicus, and Duane Edward Dicus; two sisters, Betty Robinson and Doris Ann Ramsey; eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. Monday at the Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery Chapel, in Black Mountain. Military rites will be performed by the Buncombe Co. Memorial Veterans Council. His family will receive friends from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, at Groce Funeral Home on Patton Ave.

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  1. To Aunt Sue, Mammaw Betty, and the rest of the family. I am truly sorry for your loss. I apologize for not being able to come home, but just know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers. I never knew that Uncle Ray was in the Navy or that he served in the military at all, but I will have you know that I wish that I had spent more time getting to know my family before I left to do the same. I love you all and hope that God comforts you through this difficult time.

    Carla (Redmon) Davis and family

  2. Dear Steele Family,
    We are so saddened to hear of your loss. Our son Jacob is friends with Jesse and enjoys playing cars and other toys at the Morton’s home. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with your family. One of my favorite Bible verses is Deuteronomy 31:8. ‘The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.’ May God bless you and be with you in this difficult time.

    Brian, Trixie, and Jacob Hindman

  3. Sue, Duane, & Family,
    Ray was a very kind man and I am glad to have known him for the past 19 years. All of you are like family to me and I love you! I am praying for you and will continue to pray for you in the days to come.

  4. Duane and Family,

    Brian and I are so sorry for your loss. We want you to know we love you and are here for you if you need anything at all.
    Brian, Tabatha, Holden and Garrett

  5. to all the family i want to send my condolences at this time of sorrow. Ray will be missed by everyone I have known Ray for a long time and worked with him at Lustar for many years for which he was a dedicated person to his job and his friends. It was a real shock to me this happened. I want the family to know i am deeply sorry.

  6. Weeble, Duane, Bubby, Darlene, and families:

    Our hearts, thoughts, and prayers are with all of you. I pray that each and every one of you feel God’s comfort during this time. Ray has always held a special place in my heart. When I think about Ray, first, I think about how he was always smiling! I think about how awesome of a cook he was, as well as how talented he was in woodwork. I don’t believe that there was anything that man couldn’t fix! I am very proud that my son was blessed with such a wonderful grandfather. I know that Wesley will deeply miss his movie watching buddy. Please know that Alan and I will always be here for each of you. We love you.

  7. Mommy and Betty – Ray was so sweet and funny and good to me and Paul (Bubby). He was a great Father in law to me. He could make anything I needed and could cook so good and I will be right here across from you missing him. Heather will miss her Grandfather and Jesse will definately miss his ‘PawPaw’ too. I love you Mommy and I love you Betty and we will all see him again someday.

  8. I love you and wish I could be there with you. But I’m there in my heart and my prayers. Love Carol Lee

  9. Dear Suzie and Family, we just want you to know that your in our thoughts and prayers at this sad time. Ray was a wonderful man with such a talent with wood, we will miss him greatly! But if you ever need anything we are just over the mountain…we love you guys!

    Iam so sorry to here about Ray.
    I am really glad that i got to know him over the years. You guys are like part of my family. My thoughts and prayers go out to you.
    I wish i could be there for you.
    I will be in spirit. Love and miss you guys. Porkie

  11. To Jesse, Heather & The Steele Family,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of loss. I was so impressed with Jesse when we met him at his Aunt Karen and Uncle Todd’s home and when he has attended church with them.

    Jesse stayed with us for a day when his family was dealing with the tragic loss of his dad and he won mine and my husband’s heart! My family and I will be praying that God comforts Jesse, Heather and all of the Steele family during this loss.

    Sheila Bivins & Family

  12. To the Steele family,

    I am so sorry to hear about your loss. I know sweet little Jesse from when he attends church with Todd and Karen Morton. And I’ve heard that his PawPaw was special to him. The little fellow and the whole family has been through so much already. My son and Jesse are the same age and enjoy spending time together. When I told Zach (my son) about Jesse’s sadness, he wanted me to let Jesse know that he was sorry and he understands. I pray that God will wrap you in His loving arms and give you comfort throughout this difficult time.

    —The Bradleys

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