April 1, 2011

Mr. Paul Ray

     Jerry Paul Ray, age 72, of Hackleburg, Alabama passed away Friday, April 1, 2011, at his residence.

Visitation, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m., Saturday, April 2, 2011, at the Hackleburg First Baptist Church, Hackleburg, Alabama. 

Funeral service, 2:00 p.m., Sunday, April 3, 2011, at the church.  The body will lie-in-state at the church from 12:00 - 3:00 p.m., Sunday, prior to time of service.  Steve Lawrence officiating.  Burial in Cedar Tree Cemetery, Hackleburg, Alabama.

Paul graduated from Hackleburg high school in 1957. He then graduated from Itawamba Jr. College. In 1962, he graduated from Howard University, better known as Samford University.

He worked for Fred's Pharmacy in Hamilton, Alabama for 2 years. Then in 1964, he opened up his own business in Hackleburg, Alabama, known as Ray's Pharmacy and is still in operation today.

Mr. Ray also owned Ray Cattle Company where he was top breeder of Registered Angus Cattle in the tri-state area.

He was the executive director of the CDF of Marion County. He was a director of the Marion County Bank of Hackleburg and SouthTrust Bank of Hamilton and Hackleburg Alabama. He was presently director of People's Trust Bank of Hamilton, Hackleburg, and Florence Alabama. Paul was also the former owner of S&H building Supply.

Paul was a member of Marion County Hall of Fame, also a vivid booster of Hackleburg High School. He was also a member of the Hackleburg First Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Gracelyn Ray; 3 children, Jerry (Amy) Ray, Buffy (Rod) and Lynn (Chris) Raper; 7 grandchildren, Trey George, Hope Hudson, Ty Raper, Peyton and Triston Ray, Heidi and Ross Hudson; 3 brothers, Jimmy (Jean) Ray, Max (Carole) Ray and Wayne (Lela) Ray; and 3 sisters, Mildred Hire (Attie) Fleming, Guynell (Gay) Sanders and Ann (Crockett) Vickery.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. P. J. Ray; 5 brothers, Ferman "Shorty" Ray, Conder "Pete" Ray, Emmitt Ray, Carl Ray and Owen Ray; and 2 sisters, Ruth McCall and Lois Hughes.

Hamilton Funeral Home directing, 518 Bexar Ave., P.O. Box 274, Hamilton, AL. 205-921-3197 - Fax: 205-921-3790.
Hackleburg Funeral Home - P.O. Box 169, Hackleburg, AL. 35564 - 205-935-3854 - Fax: 205-921-3790.

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