Ronald Eugene Ray

Ronald Eugene Ray

Ronald Eugene Ray, age 74, died on Tuesday, September 22, 2020, with family by his side at his home in Ravenswood.

Ron was born in Charleston and was raised in Dunbar. He attended WV State College for his undergraduate studies and completed his Master of Arts degree at Marshall University. Ron taught history and French before moving into school administration. He served as Vice Principal of Ravenswood High School, then Director of Secondary Schools and Vocational Education for Jackson County, culminating his career as Superintendent of Jackson County Schools. He was a lifelong stamp collector who also enjoyed travel and playing golf with friends. He regularly attended Ravenswood Church of the Nazarene.

Ron is survived by his wife, Cindy; daughter, Kendra Ray Stewart and her husband, Jesse; son, Sean Ray and his wife, Carrie; stepson, Jay Shumate and his wife, Ali, as well as his siblings, Jerry Ray (Dian), Pame Lemon (John), and Tonya Clendenin (Randy). He was known as “Gramps” to his 8 grandchildren (Kylie and Dylan Stewart; Kellan, Declan, and Dalton Ray; and Kinzie, Maci, and Tori Shumate) and also will be missed by many other extended family members and friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Samuel, and mother, Geraldine.

The funeral service will be held on Friday, September 25, 2020, at 2:00 pm at Roush Funeral Home in Ravenswood with Pastor David Shirer officiating. Burial will follow in Ravenswood Cemetery.

Friends may visit the family at the funeral home on Friday, September 25, from 1:00 to 2:00 pm.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Ravenswood Church of the Nazarene, 1108 Gallatin Street, Ravenswood, WV 26164.

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