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Ms Walterine Pyron Ray

Mrs Walterine Pyron Ray, 83, of Cleveland, died Sunday, January 31, 2016 at Bolivar Medical Center. Visitation will be Wednesday February 3, 2016 from 12 noon till 1:45 at St. Luke United Methodist Church. Celebration of Life service will follow at 2 p.m. A private family Interment will be held at the Indianola City Cemetery. Pastor Darian Duckworth will officiate the service.

Mrs. Ray was born in Shelby on June 11, 1932 to Walter and Eula Pyron. She was raised in Indianola. Mrs. Ray graduated from Delta State Teachers College with a degree in education in 1951. She became a Jr. High science teacher and taught in Merigold and at Cleveland Jr. High and eventually at Bayou Academy, where she retired after over 30 years of teaching.

On March 21, 1952, she married William C. (W.C.) Ray. Together they had two children: son John Arnold Ray (deceased) and daughter Judi Ray Taylor. They were married for 64 years at her passing.

After retiring from her teaching career, Walterine continued to keep track of the many students she had taught throughout their lives. She loved reading, traveling, flowers, gardening, spending time at the lake and enjoying nature and bird watching. She also loved her family dearly.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Walter and Eula Pyron and her son John Arnold Ray.

She is survived by her husband W.C. Ray, of Cleveland; daughter Judi Taylor (Phillip), of Jonesboro, Ark.; five grandchildren: Ginger Naron (Forrest), of Cleveland, John William Ray (Holly), of Cleveland; Nicole Taylor, of Jonesboro, Ark.; Caitlyn Taylor Barton, of Jonesboro, Ark.; and Justin Taylor (Chelsea), of Jonesboro, Ark.; four great-grandchildren, Lyndsi Naron, Lanie Naron, Braxton Barton and Frances Noelle Wellington Vinson; nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.

Pallbearers are John William Ray, Justin Taylor, Joe Smith, Ben Robertson, James Dawson, John Tedford and C.H. Knefke.

Memorials may be made to St. Luke's United Methodist Church 1227 Deering Street Cleveland, MS 38732.
Cleveland Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To view and sign the online guestbook, go to www.clevelandfuneralhome.net.

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I'm so sorry Walterine Ray passed. She and I met at Water Aerobics and enjoyed each others company. May your sweet memories help you through this sad time. She'll be waiting patiently to see you all in heaven.Dianne Schattner

Dianne - February 16 at 02:44 PM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Mrs. Ray. She was a beautiful sweet soul that I remember from my younger years in Cleveland and was a sweet friend of my mother.Janie Givens Miller

Janie Givens Miller - February 05 at 03:17 PM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Always such an elegant lady, a true southern belle. I will miss her very much.

Michael Taylor - February 02 at 06:37 PM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Judy, and family, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your Mother. I considered her a good friend. She was certainly a sweet and kind lady. You are in my thoughts and in my prayers. My love to you

Jimmie Rankin - February 02 at 02:20 PM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Sandra Holt, James and Carol Spencer purchased the Arrive in Style for the family of Ms Walterine Pyron Ray.

Sandra Holt, James and Carol Spencer - February 02 at 09:44 AM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Thoughts and prayers for you Judy and your family.Love, Bert Nokes

Bert - February 01 at 05:47 PM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

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