Joe Ray

Thursday, July 29, 2004

SIKESTON, Mo. -- Joe Ray Jr., 56, of Sikeston died Sunday, July 25, 2004, at his home.

He was born Oct. 6, 1947, at Dorena, Mo., son of Joe Henry and Katie Mae Isom Ray. He and Alice R. Adams were married May 14, 1980.

Ray was a graduate of Bell City High School. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, and was awarded two Bronze Stars.

Survivors include his wife; twin daughters, Stacy Woodson of Lawton, Okla., Tracy McCauley of Sikeston; a son, Joe Ray III of Sikeston; a brother, Sylvester Ray of Sikeston; three sisters, Olivia Moore and Glendora Ray of Chicago, Josephine Ray of Sikeston; 13 stepchildren; 53 grandchildren; and 29 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two sisters and four brothers.

Friends may call at St. John Missionary Baptist Church from 10 a.m. Friday to service time.

The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the church, with Elisha Pullen officiating. Burial will be in Missouri State Veterans Cemetery at Bloomfield, with graveside rites by Missouri Military Funeral Honor Guard.

Williams Funeral Home in Sikeston is in charge of arrangements.