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William B."Bill" Ray, Esq.

July 7, 1927 ~ October 16, 2023 (age 96) 96 Years Old

William B."Bill" Ray, Esq. Obituary

William Bland “Bill” Ray, Esq., 96, of Wake Forest, passed away, Monday morning, October 16, 2023. He was born in Wake County to the late Lola and Melvin Ray.  His journey was marked by a dedication to learning, service to his country, a successful legal career, and an unwavering commitment to his community.

Bill was a proud alumnus of Wake Forest College, where he achieved degrees in mathematics and earned a Juris Doctorate degree in law.

 During World War II, Bill selflessly served in the United States Navy from 1943 to 1944, stationed in Lakehurst, New Jersey. His patriotic spirit and commitment to duty were evident in all aspects of his life.

 Following his military service, Mr. Ray worked with a private law practice, providing legal counsel and support to countless individuals. Later, he transitioned to a role with State Farm Insurance, where he served as an adjuster for many years, further showcasing his dedication to justice and fairness.

In his remarkable career, he also assumed the role of Assistant North Carolina Attorney General, where he upheld the principles of justice and law, leaving a lasting impact on the state's legal landscape.

 Bill's heart was deeply rooted in his community. He exemplified his passion for helping others by actively engaging in various community-oriented endeavors. As a lifelong member of Ridgecrest Baptist Church, he not only served as a deacon but also led the Royal Ambassadors and shared his wisdom as a Scoutmaster with the Boy Scouts, instilling values and leadership in young minds.

 His commitment extended beyond the church doors as he coached the church league baseball team and the girls' church league softball team. Community was not just a word to Bill; it was a way of life. His tireless efforts left an indelible mark on the lives he touched through his countless community activities.

 Bill will be deeply missed, not only by his family but by the many lives he enriched through his dedication, mentorship, and kindness. His legacy will continue to inspire future generations to be involved and caring citizens, exemplifying the values he held dear.

  A celebration of Mr. Ray’s life was held at 11 o’clock, Friday morning, October 27, 2023 at Ridgecrest Baptist Church. A private burial was held in the church cemetery.

Mr. Ray is survived by his son, Dr. Larry Ray of Wake Forest; aunt, Nola Murray of Wake Forest; numerous cousins and extended family. He was preceded in death by his first wife Euphine Harrison Ray; second wife, Vivian Thompson Ray and a brother, J.M. Ray.

 In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Ridgecrest Baptist Church, 2817 Durham Rd, Wake Forest, NC 27587, Transitions Lifecare, 250 Hospice Circle, Raleigh NC 27607 or to the Masonic Home for Children at Oxford, 600 College St., Oxford, NC 27565.

 Arrangements by Clancy Strickland Wheeler Funeral Home, Wake Forest, NC(919-556-7400)

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Memorial Service
October 27, 2023

11:00 AM
Ridgecrest Baptist Church
2817 Durham Road
Wake Forest, NC 27587


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