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Funeral services for Bessie Sue (Horton) Ray, age 85 years, 3 months and 10 days, an Atoka resident, will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 12, 2020, at Brown’s Funeral Service Chapel, in Coalgate, with Pastor Joey Lansdale officiating.
Interment will be in Moore Cemetery, at Clarita.
Services are under the direction of Brown’s Funeral Service, in Coalgate.
Ray passed away on Saturday, August 8, 2020, at her home, in Atoka, surrounded by her loved ones.
She was born on April 29, 1935, to Roach and Bessie Jewell (Chastain) Horton, at Atoka.
Ray attended school at Shady Grove, Limestone and Olney Schools.
She married Charles Edward Ray on October 2, 1953, at Durant. They celebrated 61 years of marriage before his passing on August 25, 2015.
Ray was a homemaker and housewife.
She was a member of the Olney Baptist Church. Ray enjoyed quilting, gardening, canning and tending cattle. She loved being around her grandchildren, family and doing what she could to help friends and neighbors. Ray made the best coconut creme pie and made wonderful biscuits. People enjoyed going to her house for her cooking.
Survivors include her children, Robert Ray of Atoka; Betty Sue Ray of Coalgate; Jannette Orr and husband, Ronald, of Coalgate; Faye Skalicky and husband, Ron, of Owatonna, Minnesota; Glenn Ray and wife, Shelly, of McAlester; grandchildren, Jonathan, April, Melissa, Jenny, Karen, Erica, Brandon, Garrett, Megan and Summer; 20 great-grandchildren; sisters, Betty Ray of Roff and Emma Reed of Mustang; brother, Charles Horton and wife, Liz, of Tupelo; along with nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends.
Preceding her in death were her parents, Roach and Bessie Jewell (Chastain) Horton; husband, Charles Edward Ray; granddaughter, Jessica Skalicky; brother, Bill Horton; sister, Viola New; brothers-in-law, Calvin Reed and Eugene Ray; and sister-in-law, Lottie Horton.
Pallbearers are Garrett Miller, Tyler Sharp, Brandon Skalicky, Milo Nelson, Justin Gamble and Kyle VanEsch.
Honorary pallbearers are Rayden Orr, Jonathan Orr and Troy Blevins.
Family night was held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., on Tuesday, August 11, 2020, at Brown’s Funeral Service, in Coalgate.
A lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m., at Brown’s Funeral Service, in Coalgate.
Condolences may be sent to the family by email to: [email protected] Please reference the name of the deceased in your correspondence.