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203 West Main Street
Grayson, KY 41143
Phone: 606-474-5114
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Ray Jessie

Ray Douglas Jessie

Thursday, April 20th, 1933 - Tuesday, February 25th, 2020
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Ray Douglas Jessie

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.
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  • Visitation

    Thursday, February 27th, 2020 | 11:00am - 2:00pm
    Thursday, February 27th, 2020 11:00am - 2:00pm
    Sparks Funeral Home
    203 West Main Street
    GRAYSON, KY 41143
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  • Service

    Thursday, February 27th, 2020 | 2:00pm
    Thursday, February 27th, 2020 2:00pm
    Sparks Funeral Home
    203 West Main Street
    GRAYSON, KY 41143
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    Ray Simmons
  • Interment

    Hillcrest Cemetery
    GRAYSON, KY 41143
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arthur burge

Posted at 10:37am
sorry to hear ray passing he was a great man he was a icon I use to go up there an we would sat on the porch an sometimes around the barn he wood tell me about my dad he had great memories

Heather Bays

Posted at 07:08pm
I'm so sorry to hear of Ray's passing. He was a wonderful man that I will never forget. My thoughts & prayers go out to Lucille, Jeff, Hayden, Danny & Donna & all the family.
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Love, Derick, Caroline, and Brenna

Posted at 10:55am
We love you all so much!
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Posted at 08:44am
Wishing you peace and comfort. And wishing you the courage to face the days ahead. Please know that everyone is in our thoughts.
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Gregory Robinson

Posted at 11:17pm
Ray sure will be missed, friends with him many years Prayers for the family

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