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Joe David Ray, 76
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Mr. Joe David Ray, 76, died Oct. 5 at his residence.
Born in Sparta on Sept. 11, 1940, he was the son of Johnny Casto Ray and Jeanny Lee Hitchcock Ray. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother George Ray, and sisters Mabel Gray, Helen Carter, Dorothy Rust, and Mary Gasperone.
He is survived by son Ricky Ray and companion Michelle Campbelle of McMinnville, daughter Kathy Adams of McMinnville, special friend Gladys Garrell of Sparta, mother of his children Margarett McBride, grandchildren Timmy Ray and Troy Ray, great-grandchildren Hanah Ray, Savanah Ray, Sarah Ray, Breana Ray and Bella Ray. He is also survived by two sisters Garnetta Flatt and Audi Loftis, as well as many friends and cousins.
The family will receive friends at Thurman Funeral Home on Tuesday, Oct. 11 at 5 p.m. until the time of the funeral service at 7 p.m. Bro. Jeff Howard will officiate. Interment will follow at Saylors Cemetery on Wednesday at 10 a.m. The online guestbook is available at