Friday, May 21, 2010

Staff Sergeant Samuel Clyde Ray, US Army (Retired(

Staff Sergeant Samuel Clyde Ray, US Army (Retired)

Samuel Clyde Ray was born on August 15, 1925 in Miami, Florida and passed away on May 15, 2010 in Rockdale, Texas.

Samuel graduated from Miami Dade High School.  He proudly served his country in the United States Army for 30 years, retiring on January 31, 1967.  He was a master tank gunner and a life-time honorary member of the 2nd Squadron, 14the Armored Cavalry Regiment.

After relocating to Temple, Texas, he was employed by Artco-Bell for 20 years and the Temple Independent School District as a crossing guard for five years.

Funeral services were held on May 21 at Corinth Missionary Baptist Church in Temple.  A funeral procession carried his casket to the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery at Killeen, Texas for interment.

Awaiting the arrival of the procession were Patriot Guard Riders and fifty American flags which lined the road leading to the committal shelter.

The Riders formed a line of flags along the front of the shelter as final prayers were said and military honors were rendered by the Army honor guard.

The Army rifle detail fired three volleys of fire, representing Duty, Honor and Country, followed by the playing of taps by the Army bugler.  The American flag covering the casket was then folded into a tight triangle and presented to Samuel’s wife, Deloise, on behalf of a grateful country and the United States Army.

Samuel Clyde Ray was then laid to rest on the wind swept plain of the cemetery, as the American flag flew at half-staff, in his honor, at the top of the hill.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 27 years, five sons, two daughters 15 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and numerous other dear family and friends.

With thanks to the Temple Daily Telegram for biographical information.

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