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Obituary: Ray E. Williams, Air Force Veteran of Vietnam War


"Ray embraced a whole world view and love of humanity."

Ray E. Wiliams, born to Ema Willaims and Jennie (Ridener) Williams has passed from this life. His wife, Marjorie Joyce (Smith) Williams preceded hi in death in 1981.

They have two surviving daughters, Reecca West and Kathryn A. Williams and one granddaughter, Hannah Bryant. Ray's only surviving sibling is Nona Owens-Welch of Barbourville, KY.

He was a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University, but always said he appreciated the opportunity to to serve his country, which he did for over 20 years in the Air Force.

He served in the Vietnam War and other assignments stateside and overseas.

Ray embraced a whole world view and love of humanity. He was a supporter of a variety of organizations, member of the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels, contributor to Kentucky Sheriff's Boys and Girls Ranch, member of Edgar Cayce's A.R.E Foundation, and charger member of the Library of Congress Associates.

Financially, he provided funds for impoverished children here and abroad, contributed to DAV Association, public radio and other causes/institutions/individuals too numerous to mention. He was known for his love of music, art and books. Ray made it a lifetime goal to mature spiritually.

We miss you PaPaw. The world is a better place for your having passed through it.

Thank you,

-Your Daughters.

PS: Hannah said, "I wanna put it in the paper how much I love PaPaw."A memorial service will be Friday, August 29, 2008, at 1:00pmCT at Cane Valley Cemetery with military honors presented by Wright-Patterson Honor Guard.

Creamation has been chosen.

Grissom-Martin Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

There will be no visitation.
This obituary was made possible through the support of Grissom-Martin Funeral Home, established in 1926, located one block off the Square at 200 Campbellsville Street in Columbia. To reach David and Cathy Martin, phone 270-384-2149, or E-mail: Large enough to serve comfortably; Small enough to serve personally.

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