Robert Glenn Ray
Robert Glenn Ray, known by many as “Bob Ray”, passed away Monday, March 27, 2023 at the age of 80.
He was born July 28, 1942, in Toledo, OH to the late Alfred Lay and Louise (Lay) Ray and grew up in Lawrenceburg, TN, graduating from Lawrence County High. After high school he enlisted with the United States Navy, proudly serving three years in Vietnam. After an honorable discharge from the Navy, he lived in Hohenwald and married Mary Francis Ray. At the time of her passing they had been married 50 years. A machinist by trade, he began his career with American Built Right and continued with two other companies, DANA Corporation and Eaton Corporation, retiring upon the closure of the plant in Hohenwald. He also co-owned a filling station in Hohenwald, working as a mechanic. He was a jack of all trades. He loved to fish and garden, was a big Tennessee Vols fan, and loved playing golf. He was a member of the Kimmins Church of Christ and loved his family there. He was a proud veteran and member of the local American Legion and attended the funeral service of every veteran that he could.
In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by his brothers: Jerry Ray and Terry Ray; sister: Jane Dye; and very special friend: Ronnie James.
He is survived by numerous nieces & nephews and their extended families; his church family at Kimmins; and very special friends: Wayne Brewer and Jim and Phyllis Lawson.
Funeral services for Robert Glenn Ray were held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 1, 2023 at McDonald Funeral Home in Hohenwald, TN. Burial, with full military honors, followed at Lewis County Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to: Lewis County local veteran hall, St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, Lewis County Library building fund, or the charity of your choice.