Joseph Rayford 'Ray' Millikan of Eastwood, NC died peacefully at home on October 10, 2010. He was 80 years old.
Ray moved from Greensboro NC to Eastwood in 1967 with his wife, Jean Harris Millikan to raise their family. He was a Korean War veteran had an entrepreneurial spirit which included appliance repair, fire fighting, sales and teaching. He was retired from the Eastwood Fire Department and Moore County Schools. Ray loved life and even more, his family and friends. He will be missed by many.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Jean Harris Millikan and 4 children: Anne Millikan Palmer and her husband David S. Palmer of Simpsonville, SC; Alan R. Millikan and his wife Kathleen of Chapel Hill, NC; Meredith Millikan McDiarmid and her husband Danny of Apex, NC and H. Keith Millikan and his wife Kerry of Pinehurst, NC. Ray had eight grandchildren, which he loved dearly and include: Kalyn Palmer Caballerro and Korey Scott Palmer; Zachary and Sam Millikan, Hannah and Megan McDiarmid; Will and Drew Millikan.
Visitation will be at Fry-Prickett Funeral Home in Carthage, NC on Wednesday, October 13, 2010 from 6-8 PM. The funeral will be at Fairview Baptist Church in West End, NC on Thursday, October 14, 2010 at 2 PM.
Memorials may be made to the Eastwood Fire Department, Fairview Baptist Church or First Health of the Carolinas.

Condolences: www.PinesFunerals.com

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  1. I remember "Mr Ray" as an active member of Station #52 Eastwood Fire Dept. Mr Ray served his community well and has earned his just reward that of being seating at the throne of GOD! Thoughts and prayers are with the family!

  2. Dear Jean and family, my heart goes out to each of you. I will never forget the kindness and love shown to me by and you and Ray when I first arrived at Pinecrest HS. Ray took care of my as if I was his own daughter. I have never forgotten the love and fr

  3. So sorry to hear about your loss Anne. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Please take comfort that he will no longer hurt. Pam Fields

  4. Jean and family: I am so sorry to read of Ray’s passing. He was one of the first firemen I met when I came to Pinehurst with good ideas to improve things. We all shared many good times while I was there and I will certainly miss him as well. He was a grea

  5. Jean, I am so sorry. We loved Ray. He was especially dear to Harold. This photo is so much like the Ray I knew. May God’s Spirit be especially present in these days as you are adjusting to life without him after 55 years. Evelyn Vest-Arnold

  6. I pause at the time to honor a very special man whom I came to have great respect.May GOD be with the Millikan and connecting families.

  7. Jean, I was sorry to learn of the death of Ray. I remembered him from the time that you and I worked at Samarkand Manor. My prayers will be with you and your family during this painful time.
    Flora Williams Richardson
    West End, NC

  8. I was priviledged to have known Ray, when my daughter Kerry(Keith’s wife) married into the family. Although Ray always said exactly what he thought and felt, he was one of the most caring and big hearted individuals I have ever met.. He would literally gi

  9. What a great picture of Ray. Everyone will miss him but cherish the great memories of such a giving and loving man. Sincerely, Melissa Amos

  10. Dear Keith and Family,
    Please know that Mack and I are deeply saddened to hear of your father’s passing. We enjoyed our brief visits with him while he accompanied you on your rounds. We hope your memories will be comforting in your loss.
    Sincer

  11. Dear Keith and Family,
    Please know that Mack and I are deeply saddened by the passing of your father. We enjoyed our conversations with him when he accompanied you on your rounds. May your memories comfort you in his loss.
    Sincerely,
    Sue an

  12. Though I write this note with a sad heart, I am grateful (tho too short a time), to have know Ray Millikan.
    Ray was a giver…of not just material things… but more preciously of himself through laughter and good times! I truly enjoyed my visits wi

  13. We just learned of Ray’s passing. Our thoughts are with a family that we knew so early on. Only good memories. Bill and Barbara McDonald

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