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Columbus Washington "Bud" Ray
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Columbus Washington “Bud” Ray, 94, of Martinsville, VA passed away Friday, January 5, 2018 at his home. He was born August 27, 1923 in Cedar Bluff, AL to the late Columbus Washington Ray, Sr. and Edith Henderson Ray. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Patsy Ramsey Ray.

Bud owned and operated Pleasant Hills Bedding and Upholstery for 58 years. He was a member of Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church where he was very active and served in many capacities. He was a Boy Scout troop leader. Bud served in the United States Army during WWII. One of his favorite pastimes was cheering on the Atlanta Braves.

He is survived by his sons, Victor G. Ray, Sr. and wife Kathy of Martinsville, VA and George Michael Ray and wife Shirley of Stuart, VA; sisters, Annie Mae Ray Williams of Lyerly, GA and Nona Ray Snow of Summerville, GA. Also surviving are grandchildren, Victor Ray, Jr. (Kim), Allie Michelle Ruff (Jay), and Victoria Lynn Austin (Michael); and great-grandchildren, Jordan Tyler Ruff, Sara Elizabeth Ray Munn (Jonathan), Kaylynn Elizabeth Austin, and Ryland Christopher Austin.

A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church with Rev. Tim Gearheart officiating. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at the church. Burial will be at Roselawn Burial Park.

Memorial donations may be made to Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church, 824 Starling Ave Martinsville, VA 24112.

Norris Funeral Services, Inc. and Crematory Martinsville, VA is serving the Ray family. Online condolences may be made at

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4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church

824 Starling Ave.
Martinsville, VA 24112





2:00 PM
Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church

824 Starling Ave.
Martinsville, VA 24112

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Roselawn Burial Park

103 Clearview Dr.
Martinsville, VA 24112

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Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church

824 Starling Ave.
Martinsville, VA 24112

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