Ray Douglas Jessie
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Ray Jessie, 86, of Grayson, passed away Tuesday, February 25, 2020 at the Community Hospice Care Center in Ashland.
Husband, father, brother grandfather, great grandfather. Ray Jessie was the toughest man you could know. Born April 20, 1933, in Olive Hill, Kentucky, he grew up as the baby of a family of 12 and was the last surviving child. He worked as farm hand and attended a one-room schoolhouse. Ray met the love of his life and married Lucille Lambert in 1961 and for their honeymoon began their life of hard work with a broom and mop fixing up their first place. They moved to Evermans Creek where they raised their 4 children. Ray and Lucille worked hard and raised tobacco and cattle until the last season he was physically able. Ray was loved by all and was the "Peacekeeper" and wise man on the creek as many evenings were spent talking with his friends sitting down at the barn. Ray enjoyed working on the farm talking to everyone and anyone, eating sweets, spending time with his family, watching the weather report, and bringing a laugh to anyone he met.
Ray was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Stella Walker Jessie, siblings; Athra, Irene, Yuanita, Roger, Joann, Arvill, Bobbie, Jack, and Ralph.
Ray is survived by his wife of 58 years, Lucille Lambert Jessie of Grayson, his four children; Donna Starkey, Danny Jessie, Jeff Jessie, and Hayden Jessie; his five grandchildren; Renea, Teara, Brett, Stephanie, and Alyson; his 3 great-grandchildren, Derick, Caroline, and Brenna Rae.
Ray will be missed by so many but not forgotten. The family would like to thank Kingsbrook Life Care Center for their excellent assistance and care. We want to thank Ray Simmons for bringing spiritual comfort and for blessing Ray during his last days. Also, we would like to thank and recognize the Hospice Care Center of Ashland for their loving and compassionate care in Ray's final days.
Funeral services will be Thursday, February 27, 2020, at 2:00 p.m., at the Sparks Funeral Home in Grayson, Ray Simmons, minister. Burial will follow in Hillcrest Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday, 11;00a.m. until service time at the funeral home.
Online condolences at www.sparksfh.com