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William "Bill" Alfred Ray II, DDS, of Fairmont, passed away on Monday (May 2, 2016) at his home.
He was born in Jacksonville, South Carolina, on July 20, 1959, a son of William A. Ray I and Gail Shelton Ray of Cottle.
Bill graduated from Richwood High School in 1977. He was a graduate of Fairmont State University, earned a graduate degree from West Virginia University and was a graduate of the West Virginia University School of Dentistry.
Dr. Bill Ray and his wife, Dr. Linda Flint Ray, were in the practice of general dentistry in Pleasant Valley.
He was a veteran of the United States Army National Guard earning the rank of lieutenant colonel and served as a member of the West Virginia National Guard. He also served in Desert Shield and Desert Storm.
In addition to his parents, Dr. Ray is survived by his loving wife of 31 years, Linda (Flint) Ray; two sons, William Ray III and his wife Lindsey of Fairmont and Timothy Ray of Fairmont; two daughters, Samantha Anne Ray of Fairmont and Ashley Marie O'Bryan and her husband Joshua of Florida; and three very special grandchildren, Jase Paxton, Lori Belle Ray and Liam O'Bryan.
Also surviving are three brothers, Timothy Ray and his wife Cindy of Tennessee, David Ray and his wife Diana of Ohio, and Kenneth Ray and his wife Teresa of Fairmont; a sister, Elizabeth Hellmig and her husband David of South Carolina; several nieces and nephews; and his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Jack and Betty Flint of Fairmont.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Bill and Effie Ray and Hugh and Elizabeth Shelton.
Memorial contributions may be made to any veterans organization including Concerned Veterans for America (CVA) and Special Operations Warrior Foundation.
Friends and family may call from 1-8 p.m. Thursday and from 10-11 a.m. Friday at the Carpenter & Ford Funeral Home, 209 Merchant St., Fairmont. The funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home with Pastor Tim Polis officiating. Interment will follow at the West Virginia National Cemetery with full military services.
Condolences may be left for the family at www.carpenterandford.com.
Published on May 4, 2016
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