ASHEVILLE – C. L. Ray, age 76, of Asheville died Saturday, May 27, 2017.
Mr. Ray was born April 14, 1941, in Buncombe County where he had lived all of his life. He was formerly employed at Three Mountaineers and retired from Wachovia Bank. C.L. was a member of Cedar Hill Freewill Baptist Church in Asheville and loved to hunt and fish. He was the son of the late Hargrove Carter Ray and Ella Mae Webb Ray, also preceded in death by his brother, Buddy Wayne Ray.
Surviving are his wife, Betty Higgins Ray; daughter, Kathy Wahler and husband Ed of Fletcher; sister, Carolyn Anderson of Greenville, TN; two grandchildren, Eddie Wahler and Amanda Wahler.
His funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 30, 2017, in the Chapel of West Funeral Home, 17 Merrimon Ave., Weaverville, with Reverends Roger Boone and Larry Coates officiating. Burial will be in West Memorial Park.
The family will receive friends 1:00 to 2:00 p.m., Tuesday prior to the funeral service at the funeral home.
At other times, the family will be at the home.
Flowers are welcome or memorial contributions may be made to the John F. Keever Solace Center at P.O. Box 25338 Asheville, NC 28813.
For those who desire, condolences may be offered to the family under Mr. Ray’s obituary at www.WestFamilyFuneralServices.com.
West Memorial Park
Tuesday May 30th, 2017
40 Roberts Street
Weaverville, NC 28787
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I loved this man with all of my heart. The best summers of my life were spent with Uncle CL, Aunt Betty and Kathy. I can still hear him sing Rocky Top and Jeremiah was a bullfrog echoing across the lake. Aunt Betty and Kathy, I love you both and praying for your peace.
Submitted by Kimberly Kuykendall on May 29 2017 10:05:03 AM
I worked with C.L. at Wachovia Bank. He and I had fun times working together. He was a good friend that was always ready to help someone in need. Sending prayers to his family at this painful time.
Submitted by Paul Ownbey on May 28 2017 04:20:32 PM
aaron and jennifer higgins and katie, jacob, stone and carter lit a candle for C.L. Ray
aaron and jennifer higgins and katie, jacob, stone and carter lit a candle on May 28 2017 04:04:27 PM
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I worked with C.L. back in the 80's at Wachovia he was a good man and great friend. I'm so sorry for your loss and send you prayers and comfort in the coming days.
Submitted by Teresa Bowman Cole on May 28 2017 03:04:53 PM
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