Berta Lucille Anderson Ray, 98, Unicoi, died Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2012. She was a lifelong resident of Unicoi County. In addition to the love, support, and guidance she gave her family, Mrs. Ray affected
the lives of countless people through her work in the Unicoi County school system and her church. Her career as an educator began at Marbleton Elementary School and Fagons Chapel, a one room school. She taught several years at Unicoi Elementary School and later served as the school systems materials supervisor.
Before retiring in 1978, she led the successful effort to establish libraries in the elementary schools in Unicoi County. Mrs. Ray was a faithful member of the United Methodist Church. At Anderson Chapel Methodist Church, she played the piano, directed the music and taught Sunday school. At Unicoi United Methodist Church, she taught Sunday school and was actively involved in the efforts of the United Methodist Women. She was preceded in death by her parents Willie King Anderson and Shepherd Monroe Anderson; her husband, Lowell Ray; and three brothers, Ray Anderson, Neal Anderson, and S.M. Anderson. Survivors include her son: Dr. James T. Ray, Unicoi; three daughters: Judith Riddle, Titusville, Fla., Cleo Hughes, Telford, Kathryn Booth and husband Fred, Nashville; seven grandchildren; ten great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m., Friday, March 2, in the Unicoi Funeral Home Chapel. The Rev. Dennis Loy officiated. Special music was provided by Teresa Parkey, Larry Parkey and Keeli Parkey.
Selected friends and family members served as active pallbearers. Interment in Anderson Chapel Cemetery followed the funeral services.
Unicoi Funeral Home was in charge.