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Mr. Ray A. Washington May 26, 2019

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The Obituary

To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven; Ecclesiastes 3:1

A Time To Be Born 

Mr. Ray Anthony Washington   was born to the late Mr. James  A. and Mrs. Sarah Lee McCollum Washington on August 15, 1953 in Dillon County, South Carolina.

A Time To Rest

Ray closed the final chapter of his earthly life on Sunday , May 26, 2019 at Southeastern Health in Lumberton, NC.

             A Time to Learn, Work and  Serve

Ray attended Rowland High School in Rowland.  After high school he moved to New York to live with family and was employed with Criscione Designs, which was  an upscale designers shop on 5th Avenue in New York, New York.  He worked as a sequined cutter which was the material they used to make gowns for the upper-class and the singers and movie stars.  After several years of working there he moved back “down south” . That line of clothing is still in  business today.

He loved to serve others. He did so by utilizing his excellent skills in the kitchen and on the “Grill”.   He was friendly and always had a smile.  His heart was made of gold and was as big as the sky.  He was a loving brother, uncle, friend, and just a good “Guy”.     His cheerful and friendly presence is going to be missed in Rowland around “Stones” and at the Welcome Center.

Ray now adds his link in the chain of death to those gone on before him , namely his parents ,  and five brothers, James, “Sonny” , Peter, John  “Johnnie”, Eugene “Gene”, and Marvin Washington and one sister Lillian Smith.

A time to Remember.

Left to cherish precious memories are: his devoted sister’s;  Barney Hampton of Rowland, NC, Sarah (Jethro) Gilchrist of Lumberton, NC, Salem Washington and Denise (Reginald) Washington- Lewis of Dunn, NC, Glenda (Christopher) Trusdale of Monroe, NC, Melba (Robert) Washington-McDonald of Canton, GA, Four brothers; David Washington, and Charles Washington of Rowland, NC, Larry (Joyce) Washington of Indian Trail, NC; and Warren (Sherry) Washington of Charlotte, NC..  one aunt, Mrs. Betheda P. Mudd of Rowland.  Also left to cherish fond memories are a host of niece’s, nephews and other relatives, and friends.

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The Home Going Service will be held on Thursday at 11:00 AM at the New Hope United Methodist Church 210 South M. L. K. Jr. Street, Rowland. Burial will follow in the church cemetery with the releasing of 4 White Doves. Visitation will be held at Hills Memorial Chapel in Rowland, NC 402 S. Martin Luther King Street Rowland, from 5:00 til 7:00 pm.

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