Harold Mack Ray, (affectionately known as "Pappy Ray") 76 years old, passed away on the morning of April 24, 2020 at home in Steubenville, OH. He was born on January 26, 1944, in Steubenville, OH to the late Shelly Mack and Mary Lee Franklin Ray. He graduated from Steubenville High School. Harold attended Savannah State University. He was honorably discharged from the U. S. Air Force after 4 years. He retired as a Building Maintenance Supervisor from the Department of Administrative Services, General Services Division, Columbus, OH. He was a Weather Emergency Essential Employee authorized to ride on any city, county, and State road systems for the continued operation of the agency. He was a 32nd degree Mason, belonged to King Solomon Grand Lodge (Croome Beauty Lodge I). He was a legionnaire at the American Legion Post 274.
Harold was a member of Mount Carmel Community Baptist Church, where he was the superintendent of Sunday school, Sunday school teacher, and member of the M.O.V.E.R.S. Ministry. He loved religion and completed many courses of study Master Life I. the Disciple's Cross and 2. The Disciple's Personality, 3. The Disciple's Victor, and 4. The Disciple's Mission--Life Course Christian Growth. He was a State of OH National Certified Public Manager. He helped write a manual for the Department of Administrative Services on maintenance guidelines and procedures on safety for employees. He was President of the Local Chapter of the Public Employees Retirees Incorporated. Due to illness, he was only able to serve briefly as a PERI Board of Trustees District 9 Representative. He was in service to the Lord at Mt. Olivet Baptist Church's Christian Education Ministry, Columbus, OH and participated in the Southeastern Correctional Institution Ministry Program for Inmates. Received various awards from Mt. Olivet Church Dominican Academy for the Tutoring Program and Passage Volunteer award as a Servant Leader and Model for Tomorrow's Leader.
Harold loved football but was an avid sports fan rooting for the Cleveland Browns. He shared a special comradery and bond with his breakfast buddies, coffee club, and friends from high school. He also loved listening to his jazz music.
Harold was preceded in death by his parents Shelly Mack and Mary Lee Ray. His children, Jeffrey Ray and Sonja Ray Tucker; his sisters, Ethel Ray and Helen Powell; his brothers, Bill and Robert Ray. He is survived by his partner, Terri Jennings; his brother Jerome Ray; his grandchildren, Janae Ray, Malcolm Jackson, Jessica Ray, Malik Tucker, Jada Ray, and Janiyah Ray; his great-grandchildren, Journey Ray-Turner, Kaidyn and Cassidy Andrews-Jackson, and Malcolm Jackson Jr.; his former wife Marlene Motley Ray, and a host of nieces, nephews, and friends.
Calling hours will be held Monday May 4, 2020 from 10-11 a.m. funeral services immediately following at 11 a.m. at Mount Carmel Community Baptist Church, located at 708 N. 5th St. in Steubenville, OH 43952. Social distancing rules will be honored. A video stream of this service will be available on Vinson facebook page.
Arrangement entrusted to Vinson Mortuary.
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