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Rev. Rodger Randall Ray

November 14, 2021
Rev. Rodger Randall Ray, age 81, passed away on Friday evening, November 5, 2021, at Perfect Care.

Private family graveside funeral services will be held.

Born June 19, 1940, in Fulton County, he was a son of the late William H. Ray and the late Mary Ray. He received his education from Shorter College in Rome, and Emory School of Theology, and was a veteran of the United States Army.

Rev. Ray served as a United Methodist minister for 23 years in the South Georgia Conference of The United Methodist Church. He pastored seven churches in Georgia: Rebecca United Methodist Church in Rebecca, St. John's United Methodist Church in Blackshear, Lumpkin United Methodist Church in Lumpkin, Tennille United Methodist Church in Tennille, Guyton United Methodist Church in Guyton, Calvary United Methodist Church in Swainsboro, and Salem United Methodist Church in Americus.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Ophelia Wheeler Ray; his daughter, Laurie Tyler; and a brother, Herbert Ray.

Survivors include three sons: Randy Ray (Ashley) of Americus, Eddie Ray (Dean) of High Point, NC, and Barry Ray (Denise) of Sylvester; son-in-law, Paul Tyler of Americus; brother, Dr. Warner Ray (Tisha) of Charleston, SC; grandchildren: Brandon Ray, Townsend Ray, Ashton Ray, Jamie Tyler (Heather), Matthew Tyler (Jenna), Aaron Tyler (Jamie), Jeremy Ray, Allen Ray, and Brittany Ray; great-grandchildren: Eli Ray, Christopher Tyler, and Rhett Tyler; nephew, John Ray; and niece, Laura Harrell.

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