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Arlie Smith Ray


Arlie Smith Ray, 95, ascended to a plane more worthy of his personality and love on March 26, 2012. He left from the place he called home for more than 50 years, his house in Ennis, Texas, after a week surrounded by those he loved most.
He was born May 4, 1916 in Garrett, Texas, and lived his early years in Ensign, Texas to a cotton-farming family and cotton bowls he farmed until his fingers bled; he lived his life in the Ennis and Ensign communities. He served honorably in the U.S. Army during World War II serving in the Pacific Theatre and also in Korea and its immediate aftermath, building friendships that spanned his long life.
He valued honesty and hard work, above all else, and practiced both unwaveringly. He loved being a mechanic, and was expert at that across more than 30 years.  Upon leaving the army, he worked for Rudy Ozymy and Sodder’s Chevrolet; ran Ray’s Garage; and worked as a traveling mechanic for the Southern Pacific Railroad until his retirement in 1976. He spent most of his free time fishing all across Texas; hunting pheasant, quail, duck, and dove; and riding his motorcycle (well into his 80s). His unwavering passion was his family. From long car trips with his wife and daughters; to hunting with son-in-laws and grandsons; to baseball with grandsons and great-grandsons; to hours and hours of truck rides, television shows, and playing in the yard with every great-granddaughter or grandson—without regard for the wear and tear of age—family was forever his everything. He was forever the protector and provider, and when he could no longer be, he finally set down the weight of life. He lived his life surrounded by and prolific with love.
He is survived by his brother, Atwell Ray, and wife Wanda, of Ennis; his sister, Lola Simpson, of Ennis; a daughter, Linda Connor of Richardson, Texas, and companion Ron Dixon; three grand-children: Debbie Zhanel, and her husband, Eddie, of Ennis, Texas; David Roberts, and his wife, Vicki, of San Marcos, Texas; and Chris Connor, of Allen, Texas; five great-grandchildren: Lauren Zhanel Slovak, and her husband Jason “Little Cowboy” Slovak, of Telico; Seth Zhanel, of Ennis; Crystal Roberts of Austin, Texas, Cassie Roberts, and Mitchell Roberts, of San Marcos, TX; sons-in-law Wallace Roberts, of Ennis, Texas; and Tommy Connor, as well as nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews and beloved friends too numerous to list.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Thomas Arl Ray and Josie Mitchell Ray; the love of his life and wife of 71 years, Juanita Johnson Ray; his daughter, Patricia Ray Roberts; as well as a brother, George “Dick” Ray, and a sister, Vera Ray Douglas.
Funeral services will be held at J.E. Keever Mortuary Chapel of Ennis, Texas on Friday, March 30, 2012 at 2 p.m. with visitation on Thursday, March 29, 2012 from 6 to 8 p.m. Pallbearers: Tommy Connor, Jesse Martinez, Robin Rauch, Dan Ray, Randy Ray, and Jason Slovak. Honorary Pallbearers: Bobby Joe Curry, Joe Ben Munn, Rudy Ozymy Jr., Wallace Roberts, Jimmie G. Simpson, and Eddie Zhanel Jr.
Mr. Ray will be buried next to his beloved wife at Myrtle Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that anyone wishing to should make donations to the Tabernacle Baptist Church Children’s Sunday School.
Arrangements are under the direction of J. E. Keever Mortuary, Inc., Ennis, Texas.
www.jekeevermortuary.com

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