James Baxter Ray, Jr. was born September 25, 1977 and passed away on October 1, 2016.


Funeral service will be held 3:00 PM, Friday, October 7, 2016 at Robbins First Baptist Church, with Reverend Bryan Maness and Reverend David Bibey officating. Burial will follow at the Williams Family Cemetery.


James was a graduate of North Moore High School.  He received his Bachelors in Elementary Education and his Masters in Instructional Technology from East Carolina University.  He was a teacher at Robbins Elementary School and participated in the Envision Experience, Vienna, VA.


He is survived by his wife: Kimberly McNeill Ray and step son: Hagan Pace of the home; parents: Jim and Judy Ray of Robbins; sister in law and brother in laws: Sonya and Mike Early, of Eagle Springs, Billy and Eva McNeill, of Monroe; nephews: Mikey Early, Will and Eli McNeill; mother in law: Sharon McNeill and father in law Clarence (Sonny) McNeill.


James passion was teaching.  His main focus was to educate children.  He was a wonderful teacher because he cared so much for the students. James really believed in each one. His heart was so big.  In coaching he made the kids believe in themselves.  His legacy will live on through each student and player he touched.  He will be greatly missed.


The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 PM, Thursday, October 6. 2106 at Kennedy Funeral Home and at others time at the home on Emma Lane or 620 Simmons Road, Robbins, NC.


In lieu of flowers make a donation to the James Ray Jr. Foundation at Robbins Elementary School, 268 Rushwood Road, Robbins, NC 27325.


Kennedy Funeral Home is serving the family.


Condolences may be made at www.pinesfunerals.com


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  1. I’m so sorry for the loss of four loved one. It’s never easy to accept the loss of those dear to us. May you and your family find comfort in God’s promise to do away with death forever. (Revalation 21:3,4)

  2. Thoughts and prayers for all of James’ family and close friends. What a sweet soul he was and is forevermore. -Kelly Garner Decker NMHS Class of 1995.

  3. I truly enjoyed working with JRay at RES…He was a unique person and I will miss the spirit of adventure he brought to education each day! I know he loved Kim & Hagan dearly and he also spoke of his parents often. Heaven gained an angel & I feel a whole

  4. James was such a sweet, funny and caring guy. My dad and I enjoyed talking with him on Classic cars at the shows. Prayers to all of you at this sad time. NMHS class of 95′

  5. Mr. Ray was my 5th grade teacher at Carthage Elementary. He was a great teacher; very interactive and genuinely cared for every student. He will be missed. Thoughts and prayers for the family.

  6. An amazing man, the dearest of friends, and someone I have been truly blessed to know. It still does not seem real, and I’m sure it will be a long time before it does. Those dearest to him knew where they stood. He always had a way to let you know how muc

  7. Thoughts and prayers are with the family of James Ray. I graduated from high school with him. Sorry for your loss.

    Misty Clark & family

    Psalms 116:15

    NMHS Class of 1995

  8. SWEET AND WARM REMEMBRANCE- PEDESTAL ARRANGEMENT was sent by Bernina World of Sewing.

    Judy & Jim,
    We are thinking of you during this most difficult time. We are all so sad.
    Please know that you have a home away from home here at Bernina World

  9. I’m sorry to hear about James. I know he meant the world to you and I do not have words to express my sorrow to you and your family. May your memories and his love comfort you during this time. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  10. Mr. Ray was my 5th grade teacher at J. Glen Edwards (2011-2012). I’m really heart broken to find out that such a wonderful , funny, talented teacher of mine has passed away. I’m thankful that he was able to teach me and others what he had to offer. You an

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