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Howard E. Ray, age 79, 327 White Cove Road, Unicoi, died Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012, at Life Care Center of Gray.
He was a lifelong resident of Unicoi County, a son of the late Walter H. and Mary Elizabeth Huskins Ray.
Mr. Ray attended the Good Sheperd Church and Bread of Life Fellowship Church.
Other than his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife: Barbara Mae Ray in 2009; four sons: Roger Dale Ray, Timothy Ray, Kenneth Ray, and Howard Lynn Ray; two daughters: infant girl Ray and Annette Ray; one sister: Delores Anderson.
Survivors include two sons: Stephen Alan Ray and wife, Donna, Chuckey, Michael W. Ray and wife, Melisse, Johnson City; one daughter: Darlene Higgins and husband, Ronnie, Erwin; eight grandchildren: James W. Arrowood, Joseph R. Ray, Jennifer Foster, Anthony Higgins, Kelly Edwards, Sarah Ray, Sissy Ray and Christopher Ray; six great-grandchildren; one brother: Roger Ray, Jonesbourgh; several nieces and nephews; special friends: Kristen Hinkle, Karen Hinkle, Kelly Walker and Speedy Hopson.
Funeral service was held at 8 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 15, from the Unicoi Funeral Home Chapel. The Rev. Todd Ellis and the Rev. Ferrell Peterson officiated.
Active pallbearers were Josh Edwards, Chad Foster, Chris Ray, Joseph Ray, Ronnie Higgins, A. J. Higgins, Michael Ray and James Arrowood.
The committal service was at 1 p.m., Friday, in Jones Cemetery.
Online condolences, photos and memories may be shared with the Ray family through a complimentary, interactive Book of Memories at
Unicoi Funeral Home was in charge.