Melvin Carl "MC" Ray

June 8, 1927 - January 18, 2024

Melvin Carl “MC” Ray, age 96, of Waynesville, Ohio, passed away, Thursday, January 18, 2024 at Cedarview Rehabilitation and Nursing Care in Lebanon. He was born June 8, 1927 in Brotherton, Tennessee. He is preceded by wife, Jean A. Ray; parents: Rufus Bethel and Vena Myrtle (Blaylock) Ray; mother-in-law, Hazel Jane Parish; three sons: Glenn Carl Ray, Dana Gene Ray and Arrin Ray; daughter-in-law, Carolyn Lee Ray; three brothers: Clinton E. Ray, James D. Ray and Rex Ray and two sisters: Willene Barton and Wanda Allen.

MC is survived by one daughter, Vickie A. Ray of Waynesville; three sons: Melvin Keith Ray of Hillsboro, Larry Allen Ray and Bonnie Lou of Waynesville and Brett Clay Ray of Waynesville; many grandchildren; several great grandchildren; numerous great great grandchildren and one special dachshund puppy, Happy.

MC was a member of the Nazarene Church.  He spent most of his life farming. He often took his family camping and trail riding trips.  He was Captain of the Warren County Mounted Patrol from 1964 – 1974. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge and Shriner’s for many years.  He created hope chests and wood creations in his personal wood shop.  He will be loved and missed by his family and friends.

The visitation is 11 – 1 PM Thursday, January 25, 2024 at Lafferty Funeral Home, 205 South Cherry Street, West Union, Ohio 45693.

The funeral is 1 PM Thursday, January 25, 2024 at Lafferty Funeral Home. Pastor Don Williams will officiate.

The Adams County Honor Guard will perform a military service.

The interment is at Cherry Fork Cemetery, State Route 136, Cherry Fork, Ohio 45618.

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Lafferty Funeral Home Incorporated serves the family.


Kathy Johnson - Feb 6, 2024
Uncle MC you was the most sweet, gentleness, kindest man. A heart made out of gold. You will be so missed and loved. Go rest high on that mountain Uncle MC. We will meet again.
Lori Bailey - Feb 3, 2024
I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Melvin. I met Melvin at church and he and I quickly forged a special friendship in Christ. He became a father figure to me after my own passed away, and was one of the greatest men I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. May his family find comfort in their memories and knowing he is once again with his beloved wife.