Richard Ray Jr.

By From page A4 | August 24, 2014

Richard Ray

June 22, 1953 — Aug. 9, 2014

Richard Ray Jr. of Fairfield passed away Aug. 9, 2014. He was 61. He will be remembered as a loving and caring husband, father and grandfather.

He was born June 22, 1953, in Ft. Worth, Texas, to Vernell (Tarpley) and Richard Ray Sr.

He joined the United States Army, serving two years with an honorable discharge. Richard worked as a safety and training manager for 20 years at MV Transportation Division 11. He was a sports fanatic who loved his wife’s home-cooked meals. He also loved to dance and listen to his oldies but goodies. He took great pride in restoring his 1963 Thunderbird.

Richard is survived by his wife, Betty J. Ray of Fairfield; daughter, Monique Ray of Fairfield; sons, Jamaal Ray of Fairfield and Dominique Ray of Fairfield; granddaughter, Alivia S. Ray of Fairfield; and grandson, Jakai Ray of Sacramento.

He was preceded in death by his father, Richard Ray Sr.; stepfather, Rev. Nathaniel Tarpley; brother, William Sandy Ray.

Richard will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

Visitation will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. Aug. 23, 2014, with funeral at noon Aug. 24, 2014, both at Bryan-Braker Funeral Home, 1850 W. Texas St. ,Fairfield, Calif. 94533.

Arrangements under the care of Bryan-Braker 707-425-4697 www.bryanbraker.com.

Nancy Green


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  • VinceAugust 25, 2014 - 11:42 pm

    I only got to know Richard briefly as I worked at MV Transportation for only six weeks. However, in the brief time I got to know him, I learned a lot from him professionally. On a personal level, it's easy to see why he was well-received. He came off as a guy that saw you for who you were as a person and did not make the distinction of your race, class, etc.

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