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405 Alleghany Street
PO Box 12
Clifton Forge, VA 24422
Phone: (540) 862-4157
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Jean Ray

Jean Elizabeth Ray

Monday, December 27th, 1954 - Monday, February 1st, 2021
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Jean Ray, age 66, affectionately known as “Dolly” of Roanoke Virginia (formerly of Covington); a loving mother, Mimi, sister, and aunt departed this life for eternal rest on Monday February 1, 2021.
She was born on December 27, 1954 in Clifton Forge to the late James and Dorothy Ray. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Iron Gate. She was a 1972 graduate of James River High School and received an Associate’s degree in Business from Dabney S. Lancaster Community College. Dolly had a kind soul and the love she had for her family was immeasurable. She would often be the first one to offer a helping hand to anyone in need. She enjoyed completing home improvement projects and gardening. Dolly was an avid sports fan cheering on the Virginia Tech Hokies, San Francisco 49ers, Boston Celtics, and most importantly her “super boy” Eli at all of his sporting events.
She is proceeded in death by her parents, grandparents, an infant sister Dorothy, and a special brother-in-law, Al Harvey.
She leaves to rejoice and cherish her memory two devoted daughters: Kirsha and Geena Ray and a beloved grandson Eli Ray Jones, all of Roanoke. Siblings; Virginia Harvey of Columbus, GA; James (Ava) Ray of Boones Mill, Valerie (Steve) Starkey of Iron Gate, and Betty (George) Thompson of Buchanan. Aunt Barbara Pierce of Iron Gate. Nieces and nephews; Keisha (Donte) Johnson of Covington, GA, Troi (Jenny) Harvey of Columbus, GA, Ty Ray of Roanoke, Courtney (Kevin) Dudding, Latrice Ray, and Jeffrey Davis all of Covington and a number of great nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
The family would like to express their many thanks for the prayers, cards and calls during this difficult time of bereavement with special thanks to the nurses and staff of 6 Mountain ICU at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
A private service will be held in the chapel of Nicely Funeral Home, Clifton Forge. Friends may visit at the funeral home during normal business hours. In her honor, the family suggests memorial tributes take form of contributions to the American Stroke Association (
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Ortiz (aka) Cuz O'

Posted at 09:30am
To my cousins, Kirsha and Geena Ray, both devoted daughters! I'm so sorry for your loss of a beautiful soul, a wonderful Mom, and a very loving spirit! I know what it's like to lose a Mom but nothing will ever replace nor match your personal relationship that you each have had with your Mom. May the hope of the Resurrection found in the Bible strengthen you to know that you will see her and many others we've loss, yes we will see them and enjoy their love and laughter again. Until such times, please know that you are dear to our hearts. Much love to you both and Eli, we send our condolences!

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Germaine Poindexter

Posted at 05:45pm
Kirsha you have my deepest sympathy & condolences , my prayers are with you& your family, Stay strong, Sincere Love Always,Germaine Waller Poindexter
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Clare Rodriguez & Monica Jones (Conwed plastic)

Posted at 05:13pm
We were saddened to hear that Mrs.Jean passed away. Sending healing prayers and comforting hugs.We are going to missed her. And forever remember her.
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Ernest D. Watts Jr.

Posted at 04:48pm
Well, what can I say Dolly, you were a breath of Fresh air while on this Earth. The Memories of our laughter together and you taking me to the DMV in your Camero for my first Driver's License. We had sooooo much fun! We shall all miss you very much, but I will always remember you as my friend and your our laughter together. Love You Dolly,
Ernest Jr.

Cheryl Lewis

Posted at 07:42am
Prayers of love and comfort to each of you. You are in my thoughts and God is with you. Sent with love from Cheryl Lewis in Roanoke. (friend of Val)
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