John Ed Ray Jr.
John Ed Ray, Jr. Funeral services for John Ed Ray, Jr. (Buddy Ray) will be held at 11:00am on 10/15/16 at the Beulah Baptist Church in Cheneyville, LA with the Reverend Kenneth Hudson officiating. Burial will follow in the Trinity Episcopal Cemetery in Cheneyville. Arrangements are under the direction of Hixson-Ducote Funeral Home of Bunkie. Mr. Ray, age 87, a lifelong resident of Cheneyville, passed away on 10/13/16 at his residence from complications from Parkinson's Disease. He was surrounded by family and friends, especially during his last days. He was a member and trustee of the Beulah Baptist Church where he also served as a deacon. Mr. Ray was a Director and Secretary-Treasurer at Producers Mutual Gin for many years, as well as a founding member of the Cheneyville Fire Department and served on their board for many years. He is preceded in death by his father, John Ed Ray, Sr.; his mother, Vivian Bordelon Ray; three brothers, Charles (Piggy) Ray, Gene Ray and James Ray; and two sisters, Lova Lee Ray and Doris Blood. Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Betty Ray of Cheneyville; a sister, Alton Cihal of Ganada, TX; his children, Keith Ray of Cheneyville and Janet Ray and fiancé Joe Gallagher of Annapolis, MD; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Pallbearers will be Colby Basco, Derek Basco, Randy Basco, J.D. Guillory, Ricky Halbert, Chandler Kinnett, Jason Little, Roy Linzay, Jr., Greg Marcotte and Pete Thomas. Visitation will be held from 9:30am to the time of service at the Beulah Baptist Church in Cheneyville. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Beulah Baptist Church, P. O. Box 356, Cheneyville, LA 71325 or The American Parkinson Disease Association, Inc., Parkinson Plaza, 135 Parkinson Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10305-1425. We give special thanks to our many friends, and the staff of Compassionate Care Hospice, especially Deann Richerson Butler, Darlene Timothy, and Monty Bower. We also wish to thank Carolyn Anderson for her dedicated service. Please share your stories and memories at www.hixson-ducote.com
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