CANTON — In the autumn season of November 18, 1935, Dennis and Katherine Goodson Singleton, who resided in a small and loving home in the Dix Creek Community of Bethel, were blessed with the birth of identical triplet sons who each weighed around 3 lbs. upon delivery. On Oct. 15, 2013, Ray Eldridge Singleton, one of the Singleton brothers, was called to his Heavenly home.
Ray and his brothers, Ralph and Roy were well known as they grew up in the mountains that they loved and were remembered as being full of fun and mischief as they continually played pranks on friends and family members — even throughout their adulthood. They often created a great deal of confusion as they swapped identities; however, their sister, Velma, was always certain of “which one was which.” Each Singleton brother was the owner of a ‘57 Chevy and they often kept people guessing who was driving as they exchanged cars for the day.
Ray graduated from Bethel High School and later entered the United States Navy where he served on the USS Newport News Heavy Cruiser and remained in the Navy Reserves for several years. He was employed at Champion International as a millwright and retired with 40 years of dedicated service. Mr. Singleton was a devoted lifetime member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church and was also a member of the adult men’s Sunday school class. Ray truly enjoyed farming and could often be found at equipment auctions that were held throughout the area. His memory is deeply cherished by his loving family and the memories shared will be treasured forever.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his former wife and the mother of his daughter, Barbara Ratcliff Singleton.
Surviving are his beloved daughter, Laura Singleton Brown and her husband, John Brown of Raleigh; a sister, Velma Cain and her husband, Bill Cain of Baltimore, Maryland; his brothers, Ralph Singleton of Canton and Roy Singleton of Canton; several nieces and nephews; a special friend and former wife, Saundra Teague of Waynesville and her extended family including a special granddaughter, Faith Robinson of Waynesville; and his companion and caregiver, Betty Jean Ledbetter of Travelers Rest, South Carolina.
The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20 at Mt. Zion Baptist Church. The Revs. Perry Brindley and Jack Holland will be officiating. Entombment will be in The Horizon at Crawford/Ray Memorial Gardens in Clyde. The family will be receiving friends from 6 until 8 p.m. Saturday evening at Crawford/Ray Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Mr. Singleton’s memory to the Dennis B. Singleton Scholarship Fund, Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 261 Dix Creek Road, Canton, NC 28716.
Crawford/Ray Funeral Home is honored to be caring for the Singleton family and words of comfort may be shared at www.crawfordray.com.