Billy E. Ray, 81, of Arden, passed away on Thursday, February 5, 2015 at the John F. Keever, Jr. Solace Center after a long illness.
Born in Mars Hill, North Carolina he was a son of the late Kenneth W. and Glenn Eva Ray. He was also preceded in death by his wife Faye Ray who died in 2009, and one brother, and one sister. Mr. Ray was a truck driver and later retired from Runion Tours and Charters.
Survivors include his two step daughters, Debra Hoder and Dianne Rich both of Arden; Grandson, Christopher Hoder and wife Christina of Fletcher; Great-grandson, Billy Hoder; Sisters, Ruth Gardner of Mars Hill and Jean Hicks of Weaverville; brother, Leon Ray and wife Wanda of Mars Hill; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
A graveside service will be held at 1:00 pm on Saturday, February 14, 2015 at Gardner-Ray Cemetery, Mars Hill.
The family wishes to thank the North Wing staff of the Solace Center as well as his many doctors for all of their care and support.