Hinesville – Wilma Floyd Ray, 98, went to be with her Lord Monday, April 29, 2019 at her home. She was a loving mother and Nana to all and was also known as “Shortie” to many. She was a member of Gum Branch Baptist Church where she played the organ and piano for over sixty years. She began playing for Elim Baptist Church in Ludowici as a child where she played for nearly twenty years. Over her lifetime of music she played for many weddings, funerals and special occasions. She was preceded in death by her husband of nearly sixty-five years, Marcus Ray; a son, Harold Ray; daughter-in-law, Patsy Ray; siblings, Enizell Raulerson, Earl Floyd, Avanda Floyd, and Walton Floyd; grandchildren, David Allen Cochran, Deborah Gail DeLoach, and Joey Raiford.
She leaves behind her daughters and sons-in-law, Melanie Clark and Bill of Niceville, FL, Pamela Cochran and Allen of Loganville, and Marcy Raiford and Henry of Hinesville; son, Randy Ray of Hinesville; daughter-in-law, Dorothy Thompson and Bernard of Bloomingdale; sister and brother-in-law, Irene Dykes and Herb of Earlton, FL; granddaughter, Lisa Whaley; grandsons, Grant Ray, Joel Ray, Bernard Thompson, Jeff DeLoach, Ernie Cochran, Joshua Ray, Ashley Ray, and Rodney Raiford; great-grandchildren, Great-great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be at 2 PM Wednesday, May 1 at Gum Branch Baptist Church with Rev. Shirley Middleton and Rev. Gabe Gill officiating.
Visitation will be 6-8 PM Tuesday, April 30 at the church.
Burial will follow in the Marcus Ray Family Cemetery.
Active pallbearers will be all of her grandsons.
Honorary pallbearers will be all of her great-grandchildren, Gum Branch Church choir, Dr. Sabain Tomus, Cheryl Jackson, Dr. Geoffrey Peters, and Becky Wells.
Family and friends may sign the online register at www.howardfuneralga.com
Arrangements are under the direction of Howard Funeral Home of Ludowici.