RAY, James H. Jr.
James H. Ray Jr., 84, of Marietta, died Wednesday, June 11, 2014. A Funeral Service will be held 1:00 p.m. Friday at Mayes Ward-Dobbins Funeral Home in Marietta with Rev. Daron Vroon officiating. Interment will be in Marietta National Cemetery. Mr. Ray was a lifelong resident of Marietta, graduated from Marietta High School in 1948 and was a graduate of Gumpton Jones College of Mortuary Science. He served in the U.S. Army from March 1951 to March 1953 at Fort Bragg. He was chairman and Vice President of Mayes Ward-Dobbins Funeral Home in Marietta until his retirement. He was a member of Cobb County Fair Board and Civitan Club. He was a member of the Marietta Touch Down Club and operated the score board for the football games. Mr. Ray was a member of Samuel S. Lawrence, Masonic Lodge, member of The Yaard Temple in Atlanta and active member of the Flying Fezz. He worked at the Shrine Circus, Kennesaw Mountain Shrine Club where he rode his airplane in the parades. He started the Civil Defense Department in Cobb County and introduced the 1st set of The Jaws of Life and saved many lives during his career. He was a member of St. James Episcopal Church in Marietta where he served in various positions for many years. He was inducted in the Marietta Athlete Hall of Fame in September 2000. Survivors include his wife, Marian Ray of Marietta; daughters, Joyce Ray Self and her husband, Steve, Lisa Ray, Debbie Ray and granddaughter, Stephanie Murray and her husband, Rodney all of Marietta; one stepson, Norman Coomer of Marietta. Contributions may be made to St. James Episcopal Church, 161 Church St. NE, Marietta, GA 30060. Family will receive friends 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Thursday at Mayes Ward-Dobbins Funeral Home in Marietta. 770-428-1511