Max Ray Death, Obituary – Max Ray, who was born on October 31, 1943 and lived in Sharps Chapel, passed away on Friday evening, February 3, 2023 at Select Specialty Hospital. He was 79 years old. Martha Mae Ray, Anna Mae Ray, Lorene Ray, and Ralph Ray were her siblings who passed away before her.
She was predeceased by her parents, Lowe and Lassie (Pratt) Ray. In Tazewell, where he resided, he spent the majority of his life working as a diesel mechanic for Massey Ferguson and Payne Ford Tractor. He was also a member of Oak Grove Primitive Baptist Church. He contributed countless hours of his time to friends, family, and neighbors who needed assistance with repairing tiny engines.
Surviving family members include his wife of 48 years, Lona Ray; sons Mark Ray and his wife Kim and Brian Ray and his wife Spring; and grandchildren Tessa Ray, Shawn Ray, Brooke Needham, and Braiden Needham. Mark and Lona Ray most recently celebrated their anniversary on January 17, 1975. Irene Ray, Lynn Ray, Earl Ray, and Glen and Fosteen Ray are all siblings, along with Alfred and Lynn Ray. James “Frog” Reagan, a special buddy of mine.
The family will be hosting friends from 3 to 7 o’clock in the evening. Tuesday, February 7, 2023, with the funeral service to take place immediately after at 7 o’clock in the evening. The services will be held on Tuesday at the Cooke-Campbell Mortuary Chapel, presided over by the Reverends Joe Graves, Andy Lynn, and Trevor Bean. Interment 12 p.m.
Wednesday at Oak Grove Cemetery’s Sharps Chapel, with the Reverend Greg Sharp delivering the service. On Wednesday at eleven in the morning, those who wish to participate in the procession are asked to assemble at the funeral home. Aaron Shoffner, Braiden Needham, Jason Creech, Troy Ray, J. C. Ray, and Joe Ray served as pallbearers for the deceased. Caleb Keck, Greg Jones, Eugene Ray, Daniel Cole, Levi Ray, and Robert Ray were selected to serve as honorary pallbearers. Maynardville’s Cooke-Campbell Mortuary is in charge of the arrangements.