Avis Novella Ray

Dec 16 2006

92 year old Avis Novella Ray of Smithville died Saturday at her residence. She was retired from the Smithville Shirt Factory. The funeral will be Monday at 1:00 p.m. at the New Union The Baptist Church where she was a member for 44 years. Darrell Cantrell and Bransford England will officiate and burial will be in the New Union Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday from 10:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Monday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 1:00 p.m. She was preceded in death by her parents, James and Florance Edna Jones Dunham and a son, Gordon Lee Ray. Survivors include her husband, Burnice Ray of Smithville. One daughter, Geraldine and her husband Paul Blankenship of Smithville. One son, Grady and his wife Charlotte Ray of Smithville. Four grandchildren, Paula and her husband Danny Roller of Rock Island, Teresa and her husband Keith Turner of Maryville, Marla and her husband Jimmy Nix of Fayetteville, and Melvin and his wife Melissa Ray of Smithville. One step grandson, Traeton McCoy of McMinnville. Nine great grandchildren, Allison and Daniel Turner, Sarah and Mary Elizabeth Roller, Lynsey, Mallory, and Ethan Nix, Madelyn Rose Ray, and Lane McCoy. One sister, Agnes Dunham of LaFolette. Two brothers, Royce Dunham of LaFolette and James M. Dunham of Nashville. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

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