"Dignity without compromise"


Willie Eulan Ray, resident of Henryetta, passed away Friday evening, October 11, 2002 at his home. He was 73. He was born September 17, 1929 in Shamrock, Texas to Bartis Eulan and Willie Ray Irene (Miller) Ray. After high school, Willie joined the U.S. Navy, serving on the USS Boxer (1948-1949) and the USS Lake Champlain (1952-1954). He was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, United National Medal, and the Korean Medal with One Star. He worked with his father in their grocery business and in 1972 purchased Ray’s A&D Laundromat. He was an iron worked by trade and in 1989 retired from the Iron Workers Local 584. Willie also sold real estate and had been a fireman. On February 9, 1972 he married Carolyn Belle Reed in Okmulgee. Willie was a member of the First Assembly of God Church of Okmulgee, where he had served as Sunday School Superintendent. He also enjoyed reading, and loved to serve the Lord. Many times he would buy books and Bibles to give away. Willie was preceded in death by his parents.

Survivors include his wife, Carolyn, of the home, three daughters, Debra Sue Rohde and husband Marvin of Houston, Lena Marie Couch of McCloud, and Eulene Chere’ Lindsey and husband Terry of Panama, three sons, Wesley Eugene Young and wife Jennifer of Catoosa, Timothy Lee Young and wife Gayla of Henryetta, and Rex Thomas Young of Okmulgee, two sisters, Patricia Sue Martin and husband Bockey and Donna Fae Martin and husband Joe, all of Wister, fifteen grandchildren, ten great grandchildren, many nieces, nephews, friends and family.

Funeral services will be held 10:00 A.M. Tuesday, October 15, 2002 at the First Assembly of God Church with Reverend Raymond Doke officiating. Interment will follow in the Okmulgee Cemetery. Casketbearers will be Cecil Jones, Melvin Croney, Richard Harris, Steve Hankins, Jonathan Hanshaw, and Clarence Boudinot. Friends may visit the funeral home from 1-8 P.M. on Sunday. Arrangements are under the directions of McClendon-Winters Funeral Home of Okmulgee.