Jerry David Ray

Jan 08, 2013

1940 — 2013

WAYNESVILLE — Jerry David Ray, 72, passed away at the Brian Center Waynesville Jan. 6, 2013.

Jerry was born August 4, 1940, to the late Thomas Roland Ray and the late Anna Dee Birchfield Ray, the 11th of 14 children. Jerry shared 54 wonderful years of marriage with his wife, Phyllis Clara Underwood Ray.

In addition to his wife, he leaves behind two children, Kellie Ray Rogers (Rev. Marvin Rogers), and Jeffrey Allan Ray (Anita Ray); three grandchildren, Christopher Shawn Rogers, Ambria Rogers Smith and Heather Ray Long; and five great-grandchildren.

Jerry was a master carpenter having built many homes and businesses in Haywood County along with making beautiful furniture for his family. He was loved by all who knew him. Jerry had such a gentle touch in all he did in life. He fought a hard battle for more than 20 years with Parkinson’s Disease and later developed Lewy Body Dementia. He stayed strong for his family that he loved very much until the end. Jerry was of the Baptist faith.

A private service for Jerry will be held by his family.

The family would like to express their deepest thanks to the staff at Brian Center Waynesville for the love and compassion that was shown to Jerry over the years.

The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Activities Department of the Brian Center Waynesville at 516 Wall St. Waynesville NC 28786; please make checks payable to John Parris.

Asheville Mortuary Services is caring for the Ray family. Visit