Elbert Clarence Ray, 86, passed away on January 24, 2021 at Sandy Ridge Rehabilitation Center, Candor, NC. 


Elbert was a native of Moore County, the son of the late Eddie and Beulah Copeland Ray . He served his country in the United States Army as a Military Police Officer.  As an MP in Germany, he was part of the detail that provided security for Elvis Presley. He loved being outdoors. He owned and operated a saw mill all his life.  The ability to take the tree and make useful products for homes and furniture, was a gift. Elbert also enjoyed fishing and hearing a good dog chase a rabbit.   He also looked forward to conversations with friends, usually about saw milling.  In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by wife, Louise; daughter: Wanda Gail; brother: Jerry Ray.


Elbert is survived by daughters; Mary Jacobs (Daniel), Rebecca Marshall (Kevin), sons: Wayne Ray, John Ray, Mark Ray,  David Ray, Joshua Ray; grandchildren: Ann Ray, Elizabeth Ray, Amber Barker and husband Adam, Sabrina Garner, Sarah Garner, Hannah Ray, Caleb Ray, Katie Ray, Aaron Ray; great grandchildren: Evan, Emerald; brother: Harold Ray and wife Ada Ruth; sister: Linda Winslow; sister in law: Gladys Ray; many nieces, nephews and friends. 


Services will be 3:00 PM, Friday, January 29, 2021 at  Mt Tabor Community Church, Asheboro, NC, with Pastor Gary Melchin and Ed Armfield officiating. There will be a viewing 6 to 8 PM, Thursday, January 28, 2021 at Kennedy Funeral Home.


Kennedy Funeral Home is honored to serve the Ray Family.


Condolences may be made on line at pinesfunerals.com

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  1. We are so sorry for your loss and remember your father as a hard-working, kind person who always had time to say hello when he saw you in town. May God comfort you all and may your father rest in peace in the arms of Jesus. I’m sure he is happy to be reunited with your Mother. We love you all dearly

  2. Praying for all of you at this sad time . We love you and know how much you will miss your Dad. Jesus bless and give you his grace for the days ahead.

  3. Sending lots of love and hugs to all of my cousins. I know we don’t see each other but know that you are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Uncle Elbert was always so quite unless I heard him with the men joking and laughing. I will forever hold Aunt Louise’s hugs close to my heart. She was such a good hugger! I wish I could have known him better. Praying for comfort during this time.
    Love from,
    Susan S. Blackmon and family

  4. So sorry for the loss of you dad. I know he will be greatly missed. You all are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

  5. Mary and all the family,
    We are so sorry for your loss and are praying for God’s peace and comfort during this time and in the days ahead. Love you very much!

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