Obituary for Virginia Ray (1925-2021) – Greensboro, NC

Ray, Va. Ann Spurgeon

July 28, 1925 – May 18, 2021

It is with deep sadness that we announce the peaceful death of Virginia Spurgeon Ray, our devoted, loving mother and friend to all whose life she has touched, on May 18, 2021 at her home in Greensboro, North Carolina. Mrs. Ray was 95 years old and approaching her 96th birthday. She lived a full life as a wonderful woman, mother and teacher. Her main focus in life was family. She has instilled strong values ​​in her children that have served them well.

Ms. Ray was preceded in death by her beloved and devoted husband, Major Jasper Lee Ray (Army Retired). She was the daughter of her generous and loving parents, Leonard and Irene Walker Spurgeon. She cherished her memories of late siblings Leonard Kirkham Spurgeon, Senia Spurgeon Owens, Elizabeth Spurgeon Clegg, and Georgiana Spurgeon Cox (Lynn). Her surviving sisters are Gaye Spurgeon Hightower and Nina Spurgeon Vujko (Nick).

Mrs. Ray was first and foremost a devoted mother. She cherished her children and hugged with them every moment. She is survived by her children Alice Ray Murphy (Lawrence), Jeffrey Lee Ray (Cindy), and William Guy Ray (Gretchen). Ms. Ray was blessed the day Gretchen Felten Ray became her son’s wife. Gretchen was the angel who, in a unique way, became the daughter of her heart. Gretchen devoted herself to Ms. Ray and caring for her declining health over the years.

The deepest joy Mrs. Ray experienced was the love she had for her grandchildren Jennifer Ray Lewis, Pendleton Bond Murphy, Justin Leonard Ray, Nathaniel Dakota Ray, Memphis Virginia Ray, Sullivan Hunter Ray, and Jasper David Ray.

This flow of joy continues with the next generation of their great-grandchildren Brandon Vincent, Ryan Vincent, Hannah Landrum, Madeline Elizabeth Murphy, Lannin Bond Murphy, Jaidyn Leonard Ray, and Crissey Elizabeth Ray.

Mrs. Ray’s extended family includes many nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, cousins, and more, each of whom was dedicated to her for their strength and unconditional love. Mrs. Ray’s love of family and relationship management has evolved into extended family relationships. Her love for the entertainment of others and her amiable manner were the epitome of true southern hospitality. It was important to her to always do what is right and what is good, to be kind and to help others. Those who loved her will never forget her wit, charm, grace, tenacity and the undying love she felt for them.

Ms. Ray’s remarkable life is celebrated by invitation on her birthday at the Old Waverly Country Club in West Point, Mississippi. A memorial service will be held in Mantee, Mississippi, the following day. Instead of flowers, the family is asking for memorials for the Leukemia Lymphoma Society or the American Cancer Society in honor of Ms. Ray. Online condolences can be made at

“A good character is the best tombstone.

Those who loved you and were helped by you will remember you

When forget-me-nots are withered.

Carve your name on hearts, not marble. “

Charles Haddon Spurgeon

Published by Greensboro News & Record on May 22, 2021.

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