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Joffre Wesley Ray

Posted By Hall-Wynne On March 8, 2009 @ 12:00 am In Obituaries | No Comments

Joffre Wesley Ray, a former men’s clothing store owner, passed from this life Sunday, March 8, 2009 in Durham after a brief illness. He was 94.

Mr. Ray spent much of his professional life working in downtown Durham during its heyday in the 1930s, 40s, 50s, and 60s. He co-owned Ray-Browning Clothiers.

Mr. Ray is survived by his wife of 69 years, Celestia Bishop Ray; a son, Joffre Wesley Ray Jr. and wife Jane Egger Ray of Durham; two daughters, Anne R. Predmore and her husband Richard L. Predmore, Jr. of Campobello, S.C., and Gwen Ellen Ray of Durham; two grandsons, Patrick Timothy Predmore of Campobello, S.C. and Stephen Andrew Predmore and wife Erin of Christiansburg, Va.; two great-grandchildren, Amelia and Walton Predmore; two nephews, a great-nephew, three great-nieces, and faithful dog Lilli Rose. He was predeceased by his parents, Charles Wesley and Minnie Lee Ray, and his sister Margaret Ray Williams.

Mr. Ray was born in Carrboro and attended Carrboro and Chapel Hill schools. He graduated from Durham High School, attended Gardner-Webb University on an athletic scholarship, and later graduated from Croft Business College.

During World War II, he served in the U.S. Navy in the Bureau of Naval Personnel in Washington, D.C. He also served in the Korean War in the Bureau of Mines in Yorktown, Va.

Mr. Ray was active in the business and civic communities serving in the Durham Jaycees, Durham Merchants Association, Durham Chamber of Commerce, President of the Durham Civitan Club, and an enthusiastic member of the Durham Sports Club.

A talented athlete during his youth, he had an opportunity to play in baseball’s minor leagues, but chose the clothing business. He loved sports and was an avid UNC Chapel Hill fan. He was a true family man and was very close to his wife, children and grand children. He also loved animals and had many beloved dogs.

A celebration of life service will be held 2 pm Wednesday, March 11, 2009 at Duke Memorial United Methodist Church in downtown Durham. A reception will be held in the church parlor after the service. Burial in old Maplewood Cemetery will be private.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Durham Animal Protection Society, 2117 E. Club Blvd., Durham, NC 27704

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Condolences for the family of “Joffre Wesley Ray”

Condolence from Neil Bishop and family on March 10th, 2009 12:00 am

Our thoughts are with your family. Please let us know if there is anything we can do.With deepest sympathy and fondness.
Neil and Chris Bishop

Condolence from Judy M. Creel on March 10th, 2009 12:00 am

With Deepest Sympathy.
Judy Creel

Condolence from Kathleen C. Bishop on March 10th, 2009 12:00 am

Thinking and Praying for your whole family.Condolences. Love, Kathleen.

Condolence from Susan Sinclair on March 10th, 2009 12:00 am

My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. May you find comfort in your many fond memories of his wonderful life.
In friendship and love, Susan

Condolence from Stephanie Little on March 11th, 2009 12:00 am

You are in our thoughts and prayers. May the peace of God comfort you. Love, the Little Family

Condolence from Darryl Black on March 11th, 2009 12:00 am

I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you and your family.

Condolence from Mike and Linda Anderson on March 11th, 2009 12:00 am

Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this very difficult time. May God bless you!

Your friends,
Mike and Linda

Condolence from Sheila & Skip Bishop on March 11th, 2009 12:00 am

Our deepest sympathies to all of you.You are in our thoughts, prayers, and our hearts during this time. Love, Sheila and Skip

Condolence from Rhonda Ray on March 13th, 2009 12:00 am

I am so sorry for the loss of Mr. Ray. He was a wonderful man that we will never meet the likes of again. I feel priviledged to have known him. God bless you, and may you feel His love and comfort at this time.

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