James Thomas Ray
By Kim Swindell Wood | February 5, 2019 3:11 pm
Last Updated: February 5, 2019 at 3:13 pm
James Thomas Ray, 88, of Sparta, passed away Feb. 4, 2019.
Mr. Ray was born Aug. 5, 1930, in Sparta, to James Sylva Ray and Lena Belle Farley Ray.
He was a remarkable man who courageously served his country as a flight crew chief in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. Mr. Ray retired from Fleetguard but also had a noteworthy career with Lockheed Aircraft and Douglas Aircraft. He was a proud member of the UAW and enjoyed traveling to their conventions yearly.
In 2018, Mr. Ray was honored as the grand marshal of the Veterans’ Day Parade, in Sparta. He was a longtime, loyal member of Robinson Chapel Presbyterian Church. He was also a longtime, active member of the American Legion.
At home, Mr. Ray was a very detail-oriented man who kept his tools neatly organized and labeled. He was always prepared, keeping duct tape and Vaseline handy for any situation.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his siblings, Walter Ray, Mattie Hazel McCormick Garmen, and A.Z. Mitchell Ray.
Survivors include his loving wife of 62 years, Ollie Mae O’Connor Ray; daughter, Brenda Ray Saylors and husband Richard; granddaughter, Tara Saylors Loftis; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral service will be 1 p.m., Feb. 6, 2019, at Hunter Funeral Home, with burial in Saylors Cemetery. Military honors will be presented by the Veterans’ Honor Guard. The family will receive friends 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Feb. 6, at the funeral home.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Hunter Funeral Home.