“Bill” George William Ray

August 30, 1926 - December 23, 2012
“Bill” George William Ray


George William “Bill” Ray, 86, of Lake Shore Commons, Wilmington, NC, passed away on Sunday, December 23, 2012, at his residence.

Mr. Ray was born in High Point, NC, to the late Lottie Johnson Ray and George William Ray, Sr. He graduated from North Carolina State University and was a member of Delta Sigma Phi fraternity. He was a veteran of the US Navy during WWII and was an engineer for over 30 years with DuPont. He was a retired ordained deacon in the Episcopal church and spent much of his time visiting shut-ins, teaching prisoners how to read, and serving at the soup kitchen. He worked tirelessly to show love to others; a true Christian/Humanitarian.

Survivors include his wife of 36 years, Dorothy “Bunny” Ray; one son, William Harrison Ray; two daughters, Susan Ray and Dr. Steve Berkowitz of PA; Melinda Ray and David Linebarier; two step-daughters, Nancy and Jesse Pierce of SC, and Carol McLain, PhD and Roger Massie of VA; four grandchildren, Seth Linebarier; and David, Jonathan, and Quincy Pierce.

There will be a memorial service on Saturday, December 29, 2012, at 11 AM, at St. Andrew’s On-the-Sound Episcopal Church. Burial will follow in St. Andrew’s Cemetery. The family has requested that flowers be sent to St. Andrew’s Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Liberty HomeCare and Hospice Services, 2550 South 41st Street, Wilmington, NC, 28402.

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  • December 25, 2012
    Bernie and Judy Bentley says:
    Bunny, we are so sad to read about Bill in the Wilmington paper today. Please know you and all of your family will be in our thoughts and prayers. It has been a long time since we have seen each other. We have fond memories of you and your daughters. Love, Bernie and Judy

  • December 29, 2012
    Wanda Copley says:
    Bunny, I met Bill in 1991 when we were members of St Andrews. My mother was diagnosed with brain cancer and I met Bill when I attended healing services on Wed evenings. Bill helped me so much through the 9 months my mother was ill and attended her funeral in SC. Regretfully , I lost touch with Bill, but I will never forget his kindness to me .

  • December 31, 2012
    Penny Pridemore says:
    So sorry for your loss. Such a kind and gentle soul.I know you will all miss him so. Penny Pridemore

  • December 25, 2012
    Amanda & Charles Hancock says:
    Bunny and family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Prayers and peace to you always. Bill's goodwill will continue to shine!

  • December 27, 2012
    Ronald H. Jamieson says:
    Bunny & Family, We share in your grief at the loss of your beloved Bill. He was indeed a very special person to us all. We rejoice in the knowledge that he is with his Lord and Savior and all those loved ones who have gone on before. Please accept our sincerest condolences. Kitty & Ron Jamieson