Veto Eldon Ray, 87, Mooresville, formerly of Bainbridge, died peacefully Monday, Feb. 6, 2012.
Mr. Ray was born July 14, 1924, in Morgan County, the seventh child of Everett Albert and Revicca Artrella (Parrish) Ray.
Veto was the owner and operator of Ray & Sons Hardwood Lumber.
He was a faithful and devoted member of Eternal Life Baptist Church, where he also served as a deacon.
Above all, Veto was a loving and caring husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 68 years, Jaunita (Sturgeon) Ray; siblings, Charles "Corney" Ray, Otto "Doc" Ray, Bartow Ray, Leonard Ray, Nellie Williams, Audry Dawson, Bonnie Dawson-Steele and Betty Forrester.
Survivors include his children, Terry Lee (Sharon), Bobbie Lee (Rhonda), Gary Eldon Ray (Beverly), Billy Gene Ray (Donna), James "David" Ray (Patty), Lillie Revicca, "Joan" Sortore (Keith) and Sandra Lynn Chandler (Thomas); sister Becky Burkhart; 21 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren.
Rev. Don Endsley will officiate the 10 a.m. funeral service on Saturday, Feb. 11 at Carlisle-Branson Funeral Service & Crematory, Mooresville.
Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. at the funeral home on Friday, Feb. 10. Burial will be in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery at Hall.
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