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James (Jimmy) O. Ray, Jr. passed from this earth on Monday, September 5, 2022 at the age of 90. Jimmy was a loving and devoted husband, father, brother, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He is survived by his loving sons, James O. Ray, III (Winnie Faye) and Frank A. Ray (Kate) and daughter, Janice Ray Peleaz (Ronnie Wade); 11 grandchildren, Dennis Ray (Melissa), James O. Ray IV, Joy Ray, Tyler Ray (Monica), Joshua Ray, Aimee Ray, Sterling Ray, Frank R. Ray (Karymi), Phillip Peleaz (Audrey), Katie Hardy, and Cole Hardy; brother, Kenneth L. Ray (Sherlyn); sister-in-law, Janice Cooke and numerous great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and grandnieces and grandnephews.
He is predeceased by his wife, Dorothy (Dot) C. Ray (2016); son, David M. Ray (2017); granddaughter, Ashley A. Ray (2019) and brother, Jack F. Ray (2013).
Jimmy was born September 11, 1931 to James O. Ray, Sr. and Johnnie M. Ray (Strain) in Lumber City, GA. At the age of five, the family moved to Jacksonville, Florida. Jimmy attended Andrew Jackson High School and the Jacksonville School of Technology. He enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1950 and served our country for over 25 years prior to retiring to Gulfport, Mississippi. It was during his service that Jimmy married Dot Ansley and they were stationed throughout the US and Puerto Rico as part of his military assignments during the Korean and Vietnam Wars.
After his military service, Jimmy and his family settled in Gulfport, MS where he worked as an engineer for WLOX-TV 13 for 20 years (1973-1993). During his time in Gulfport, Jimmy was also active in his local church.
After his family, Jimmy's passion was technology/computers. He truly enjoyed breaking computers down and rebuilding them to be more efficient. He also enjoyed researching cars, electronics, and technology.
The family would especially like to recognize the Armed Forces Retirement Home Staff, Nurses and Associates and Southern Care Hospice Services, Riemann Family Funeral Homes and Mississippi City United Methodist Church for the outstanding care they provided.
Riemann Family Funeral Home, Gulfport, served the family.
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