Mr. John E. Ray of Port St. Joe passed away Sunday, January 13, 2012 in a local hospital. He was a lifelong resident of Port St. Joe and served in the Army during Viet Nam where he was awarded received a Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts. After his discharge from the service he worked for St. Joe Telephone & Telegraph and later Gulf Coast Electric Cooperative. John was a member of St. James Episcopal Church.
He is survived by his wife "Maggie" Ray of Port St. Joe; two sons, John "JJ" Ray and wife Shannan and Travis Ray; two grandchildren, Arabella and Evelyn Ray, all of Port St. Joe; sisters and brothers, Ellen Kyser, Zola Taylor, Minneola Duray, Albert Ray, Vivian Thompson, Richard Ray, Lola Mondy and Don Ray; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Those who wish may make donations to St. James Episcopal Church, 800 22nd Street, Port St. Joe, FL 32456 in John's memory.
A memorial services was held Saturday, Jan. 18 at 11 a.m. ET at St. James Episcopal Church. There was visitation from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. at the church prior to the service.