Charles Ernest Ray

September 11, 1925 - February 18, 2016
Charles Ernest Ray

Charles Ernest Ray, 90 of Wilmington passed away Thursday, February 18, 2016.

Mr. Ray was born in Wilmington September 11, 1925 to the late Ernest Cusell Ray and Lillie Tharp Ray. He was auto mechanic for many years and was a avid fisherman who belonged to the New Hanover County Fishing Club.

Survivors include a son, Larry Ernest Ray and wife, Patricia of Wilmington; three grandchildren, Tina Atkinson of Wilmington, Brittany Eaddy of Currie, Kimberly Johnson of Wilmington; two great grandchildren, Jocelynn Atkinson and Brad Atkinson; four great great grandchildren, Perry Eaddy, Lauren Eaddy, Chloe Atkinson and Brooklyn Eaddy.

The family will receive friends Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at the Wilmington Funeral Chapel from 10-11:00 AM. The funeral service will follow at 11:00 AM. Burial will be in Greenlawn Memorial Park.

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  • February 20, 2016
    Kay Rivenbark lit a candle:
    Lit since February 20, 2016 at 2:02:33 PM

  • February 20, 2016
    Howard Crumpler says:
    Charlie Ray taught me King Fishing on Crystal pier back in the late 80s. He's the blame for my salt water Addiction. Thank you Charlie, rest easy my friend.

  • February 21, 2016
    Chris Hager says:
    Charlie was a great man , glad I could call him a friend for the last 30+ years. Will miss you my friend . Prayers for the family.

  • February 21, 2016
    Brittany lit a candle:
    Lit since February 21, 2016 at 2:20:51 AM

  • February 21, 2016
    Nancy Baldwin Thompson says:
    I remember how much he loved and fussed over my aunt, Rachel Ray, and how he took such good care of her before her passing last year. He loved his fishing too! I remember going down to Johnny Mercer pier and seeing him enjoying his fishing.