Mr. James Elroy Ray, age 68, of Flaherty, KY, passed away on Monday, September 13, 2021, at Baptist Health Hardin in Elizabethtown, KY. Mr. Ray was born September 15, 1952, the son of Francis Gilbert “Gillie” and Thelma Agnita Ray. He was a farmer and extremely hard worker his entire life. He met the love of his life at an early age and his family was truly his pride and joy. He was always a “people person” and never met a stranger.
Mr. Ray was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers, Gary and Joseph Hilary. He is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Dorothy Dowell Ray; two children, James Jerrico Ray, Rhodelia, KY, and Melissa Kaye Shoffner , Alabama, formerly of Flaherty; three grandchildren, Asia, Kane and Harley; five brothers, Marion (Gail) Ray, Richard Ray, both of Flaherty, KY, Merlin (Renee) Ray, Calvert City, KY, Leroy (Carol) Ray, Big Spring, KY, and Danny (Bonnie) Ray, Rineyville, KY; and three sisters, Charlene (Jerry) Pelka, Donna (John) Snyder, and Sherry (Mike) Early, all of Flaherty, KY.
Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 AM on Saturday, September 18, 2021, at the chapel of the Hager Funeral Home, with Terry Carby officiating. Burial will follow in St. Martin Cemetery. Visitation will be held at the funeral home from 2:00 PM until 8:00 PM on Friday, and from 9:00 AM until the time of service on Saturday.
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