Roger Lee Ray

  • Born: January 9, 1938
  • Died: October 11, 2020
  • Location: Bessemer City, North Carolina

Withers and Whisenant Funeral Home and Cremation Service

2916 Union Rd.
Gastonia, NC 28054

Tel. (704) 864-5144

Tribute & Message From The Family

Roger Lee Ray
1938 - 2020

Bessemer City – Roger Lee Ray, 82 passed away on October 11, 2020 at his residence with his loving family by his side.

He was born in Gaston County, on January 9, 1938 to the late Hazel Oscar Ray and Minnie Beatrice Caldwell Ray. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife, Rebecca "Becky" Ray, an infant daughter, Kimberly Ann Ray, and two sisters, Sheila Teague and Myra Davis.

Roger served 30 years on the Bessemer City Fire Department and was a member and past Master of the Whetstone Masonic Lodge 515.

Roger was a loving husband, father and grandfather and loved is family very much.

Left to cherish his memories is his loving daughter Leigh Ann Beheler and son Roger "Marty" Ray; his grandchildren, Jessica Beheler and Josh Beheler; four great grandchildren, Taylor, Jonathan, Abigail and Luke; sisters Betty (Tom) Whidden, Barbara Davis, Kay (Red) Hammonds and Sherry Truett

Services are private.

Due to the Covid-19 outbreak, if you feel the need to stay home, a card or phone call to the family will be appreciated.

Condolences may be made to www.withersandwhisenantfuneral.com

Withers and Whisenant Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 2916 Union Road, Gastonia 704-864-5144 is serving the Family.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Just found out Roger had passed. I am a brother mason and also a past master of the lodge. Roger was an excellent man and knew the work of the lodge. He will be greatly missed Enter thou into the joy of thy Lord

Posted by Billy Farris - Cherryville, NC - Friend   October 20, 2020

Sorry for your loss, prayers for the family.

Posted by Karen Whitaker - Dallas, NC - Family Friend   October 19, 2020

Im so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with the family.

Posted by Floyd edwards - Neighbor   October 18, 2020

Roger lettered many Race Cars for me over the years. He was a celebrity in the racing community. Everyone wanted to come and watch him paint. He had a talent that was truly a God given gift. He kept everyone laughing with his stories and everyone left admiring his talent and thinking of him as a friend. I later became a Sign Painter because of my admiration for Roger and his talent. I'll always remember him as a Hero and a friend. He will truly be missed.

Posted by Butch Barker - Gastonia, NC - Friend   October 17, 2020

My Precious Brother...I Love and Miss you so much....You were not only my Brother but after the death of our Dad when I was 7 years old you were like a Dad to me also...All the Family are in my thoughts and Prayer's....Until we meet again...RIP. You went above and beyond for Family and others...YOUR LOVING BABY SISTER...SHERRY

Posted by Sherry Truett - Sister   October 15, 2020

My Precious Brother...I Love and Miss you so much....You were not only my Brother but after the death of our Dad when I was 7 years old you were like a Dad to me also...All the Family are in my thoughts and Prayer's....Until we meet again...RIP. You went above and beyond for Family and others...YOUR LOVING BABY SISTER...SHERRY

Posted by Sherry Truett - Sister   October 15, 2020

I'm so sorry to hear the loss of my friend Roger my prayers with his family I knew Roger from tank painting work with him a lot

Posted by Judy Heffner - Gastonia, NC - Friend   October 15, 2020

So sorry for your loss. Love and prayers for the family.

Posted by Cindy Adams - Kings Mountain, NC - Friend   October 14, 2020

I'm so sad to hear this. The family is in my thoughts and prayers. I remember all the time I spent at there house while my mom worked. He will be missed.

Posted by Renee Shuford - Des Moined, IA - Family Friend   October 14, 2020