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Ernest Van Ray

April 13, 1937 ~ November 28, 2019 (age 82)

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Ernest Van Ray, 82, of Burnsville, passed away Thursday, November 28, 2019, at his home.  A native of Yancey County, he was a son of the late Isaac and Lillie Hensley Ray, and the husband of Carolyn Deyton Ray who passed away in 2004.  He was also preceded in death by brothers:  Maurice, Carlton “Cotton”, and Randall Vance Ray.  Ernest was a US Army Veteran, and retired from Northwest Regional Housing Authority.  He was an active member of his political party.

Surviving are his sister:  Janice Green and husband, Charlie, of Greensboro; brother:  Larry Ray and wife, Larene, of Charlotte; nephew and caregiver:  Ryan Isaac Ray; sister-in-law and caregiver:  Pamela Jean Ray;  special niece and nephew:  Sebrina and Myreon Ray, all of Burnsville; sister-in-law:  Juanita Ray of Raleigh; and, several other nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 5 until 7 PM Wednesday, December 4, 2019 in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home. Private family burial will be in the Laws Cemetery at Green Mountain.

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December 4, 2019

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home
501 East Main Street
Burnsville, NC 28714

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