UNICOI — Berta Lucille Anderson Ray, age 98, Unicoi, died on Tuesday, February 28, 2012.
A lifelong resident of Unicoi County, she was preceded in death by her parents Willie King Anderson and Shepherd Monroe Anderson; her husband, Lowell Ray; and three brothers, Ray Anderson, Neal Anderson and S.M. Anderson.
In addition to the love, support and guidance she gave her family, Mrs. Ray affected the lives of countless people through her work in the Unicoi County school system and her church. Her career as an educator began at Marbleton Elementary School and Fagon’s Chapel, a one room school. She taught several years at Unicoi Elementary School and later served as the school system’s Materials Supervisor. Before retiring in 1978, she led the successful effort to establish libraries in the elementary schools in Unicoi County.
Mrs. Ray was a faithful member of the United Methodist Church. At Anderson Chapel Methodist Church, she played the piano, directed the music and taught Sunday School. At Unicoi United Methodist Church, she taught Sunday School and was actively involved in the efforts of the United Methodist Women.
She is survived by her son, Dr. James T. Ray, Unicoi; three daughters, Judith Riddle, Titusville, Florida, Cleo Hughes, Telford, Kathryn Booth and husband, Fred, Nashville; seven grandchildren; ten great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services for Mrs. Ray will begin promptly at 2:00 P.M. Friday, March 2, 2012, in the Unicoi Funeral Home Chapel. Reverend Dennis Loy will officiate. Special music will be provided by Theresa Parkey, Larry Parkey and Keeli Parkey. Selected friends and family members will serve as active pallbearers.
The family will receive friends from 1:00 P.M. to 2:00 P.M. prior to the service.
Interment in Anderson Chapel Cemetery will follow the funeral services.
Those wishing to make contributions in memory of Mrs. Ray may do so to the charity of the donor’s choice.
The family wishes to express special appreciation to Nonie Wiles of Caris Healthcare for the sensitive and caring support provided in Mrs. Ray’s last days.
Online condolences, photos and memories may be shared with the Ray family through our interactive Book of Memories at www.ledfordfuneralhomes.com.
Unicoi Funeral Home, 4428 Unicoi Drive, Unicoi, is privileged to serve the Ray family. (423) 743-1381