James Paul “Rudy Trent” Ray, 55, 2107 E. Fairview Ave., Johnson City, died unexpectedly Friday, September 2, 2011, at the Johnson City Medical Center.
Rudy was a Johnson City native and a son of the late James Earl and Virginia Mae Nelson Ray.
He was formerly employed as a custodian with Ober Gatlinburg and E.T.S.U.
Rudy was also employed with the Washington County School System as a bus driver.
He was a U.S. Army veteran and a Baptist.
Rudy was an avid golfer and enjoyed riding motorcycles.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Francis Hoilman Ray, and a brother, Larry Trent.
Rudy is survived by two brothers, Roger Trent and wife Sandra, Allen Trent and wife Lori, all of Johnson City; one sister, Shelby Wishon, Sevierville; step-daughter, Julie King; several step-grandchildren, including Cody, Logan and Dylan; several nieces and nephews.
It was Rudy’s wishes to be cremated. There will be no formal services. In-lieu-of flowers the family requests donations be made to the funeral home to assist with final expences. Memories and condolences may be shared at www.appfh.net.
Appalachian Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 800 E. Watauga Ave., Johnson City, is serving the Ray/Trent family. 928-6111