James L. Ray, 82, of Ellwood Road, Wayne Township, passed away in his residence on Tuesday, February 7, 2017. Born in Queen's Junction, Butler County, on February 11, 1934, James was the son of the late J. Harold and Mary Marjorie Armstrong Ray. He married the former Mary Elizabeth "Beth" Flecken on June 27, 1958. James was a member of Harmony Baptist Church. He retired as a press operator from the Ellwood City Forge after 40 years of service. James and Beth enjoyed camping and traveling together. They spent 17 years volunteering at Camp Gilead in Polk City, Florida. James also enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandson. James is survived by his wife, Beth Ray, at home, three sons; Dave Ray and Rhonda Fife of Mentor, OH, Darryll and Elaine Ray of New Castle, PA, Richard and Kerry Ray of Chesapeake, VA and a daughter, Linda and Tom Tillia of Ellwood City, 8 grandchildren; David, Nicole, Johnathan and Dakota Ray, Micaiah and Blaze Bintrim, Olivia and Elisabeth Ray, a great-grandson, Richard Young, three sisters; Helen and Richard Cable of West Salem, OH, Flora VanGorder of Ellport, Linda and Paul Flecken of Asheboro, NC and a brother, Robert and Shirley Ray of Portersville. In addition to his parents, James was preceded in death by a daughter in infancy and two sons, Douglas and Duane. A Memorial Service will be held for James at a later date. Arrangements were entrusted to the Joseph A. Tomon, Jr. Funeral Home & Crematory, 97 Grim Avenue, Ellport. Memorial contributions can be made in James' name to Camp Gilead, 1444 Camp Gillead Dr., Polk City, FL 33868 or online at campgilead.com.
James & Rae Cable
Beth, & Family,
Our thoughts & prayers are with you at this time. You & Jim are always special to us, a true blessing
In the Bykota class. What fun we had, Jim cooking oyster stew, at the soup suppers! Our Saturday
morning fundraisers ,with our young children are great memories... Jim , always resourceful & funny.
Camp Gilead,too was a bit of paradise. Jim , also gave Rae her first motorcycle ride, touring Castlewood.
What a great wife, mom, nurse you've been to him, Beth. May the Holy Spirit anoint you with his Presence in the coming days. Love, Jim & Rae Cable
I haven,t seen or talked to Jim in many years,but i always liked laughing and joking around with him when our paths crossed. My sympathy goes out to all the family He is in a much better place now.
Jim gave me my first ride on his Harley in Ewing Park back in around 1956 or 57. He was always a very strong figure to me. One of my "I really want to be like him" peoples. We had a great time together later on in life when the family get together's, like family reunions and the very famous Flecken Poker Parties took place.
I know our Lord gives us life and He also takes it away when He is ready to receive us. Today was Jim's time for His calling and I know that he is abundantly trilled to be walking and talking with Jesus right now. But, I will still miss him! Loved that man dearly. Our faith tells us that we are to listen for His still small voice, when He will say to us, " Be still and know that I am here".
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