Rev. James Darrell Ray

Rev. James Darrell Ray

Friday, July 30th, 1948 - Thursday, August 6th, 2020
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Rev. James Darrell Ray, age 72, of Lebanon, Virginia, formerly of Buchanan County, Virginia, passed away Thursday (August 6, 2020) in a Lebanon, Virginia hospital. Born July 30, 1948 in Buchanan County, Virginia, he was a son of the late Clarence and Martha Barton Ray. He had spent most of his life in the area and had received his Bachelors’ of Theology Degree from Duke University. A devoted Christian, he had served in the ministry as a pastor and minister for many years and was a member of Rich Valley United Methodist Church. He enjoyed preaching, singing, birdwatching, gardening, but most of all spending time with his family.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of fifty years, Evelyn Runyon Ray, one brother, Sonny Ray, and three sisters, Lorene Rasnake, Zada Breeding, and Elaine Phillips.
Survivors include five children, Missy Vandyke and husband, Jackie of Oakwood, Rodney Ray and wife, Glendeen of Hansonville, James Ray and wife, Collis of Asheboro, North Carolina, Marlene Ratliff and husband, Mike of Rosedale, and Jackie Ray of Lebanon; nine grandchildren, Adam Ray and wife, Kate of Radford, Jerkia Yates and husband, Benny of Cedar Bluff, Cody Ray and fiancée, Rebekah Allred, Bailey Ray, and Addison Ray all of Asheboro, Chassidy Ray and Jacklyn Ray both of Hansonville, and Ethan Ratliff and Owen Ratliff of Rosedale; great-granddaughter, Jayleigh Yates of Cedar Bluff; one brother, Lester “Leck” Ray and wife, Dreama of Davenport; several nieces and nephews also survive.
The family would like to extend a special thank you Dr. Michael Uhlrich, and the nurses and staff of Russell County Hospital for the loving care that they provided.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 PM Sunday in the Honaker Funeral Home in Honaker, Virginia with Rev. J.C. Johnson officiating. Interment will follow at Ketron Memorial Gardens in Lebanon, Virginia with Rev. Arnold King officiating.
Grandsons and nephews will serve as pallbearers.
The family will receive friends at the Honaker Funeral Home on Sunday from 11 – 2 PM.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Sunday, August 9th, 2020 | 11:00am - 2:00pm
    Sunday, August 9th, 2020 11:00am - 2:00pm
    Honaker Funeral Home
    4686 Redbud Highway
    HONAKER, VA 24260
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  • Service

    Sunday, August 9th, 2020 | 2:00pm
    Sunday, August 9th, 2020 2:00pm
    Honaker Funeral Home
    4686 Redbud Highway
    HONAKER, VA 24260
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Rev. J.C. Johnson
  • Interment

    Ketron Memorial Gardens
    154 Huckleberry Road
    LEBANON, VA 24266
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Florence Busch

Posted at 07:36pm
Im Sorry for your loss. Love Ann Busch
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David Ray

Posted at 09:21pm
With loving memories of Uncle Darrell, you will be missed. Prayers go out to Missy, Rod, James, Jack, Marlene and their families.
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Janet Baldwin

Posted at 06:32pm
I’m so very sorry. I loved Darrell and Evelyn so much. My late husband John Baldwin and them had been friends for many years. He’s now in Heaven resting from the troubles of this world. What a reunion he’s having right now. Remember the precious memories, his journey is run and he’s rejoicing. Prayers for the family. God bless you all.


Posted at 04:18pm

Dana Collins

Posted at 02:56pm
I am so very sorry for your loss. Praying for all family and friends.

Tina Crabtree Posted at 08:48pm

I am so sorry for your loss Uncle Darrell will be miss Love you all Tina Charles and Sue

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