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Ray was born June 9, 1939 in Pine Bluff, Arkansas to Jesse and Minola (Hall) Woods. He was raised on a farm outside of Pine Bluff and moved to Texas in 1957 where he later met and married Yvonne Davis in 1960 in Dallas. They lived in Oak Cliff where Ray worked as a diesel mechanic for Arkansas Best Freight.
His job later took them to Little Rock for a few years before moving back to Dallas where they lived until moving to Dawson in 1993 although Ray commuted to his job in Dallas until retiring in 2001. While living in Dallas, Ray was active in the Saner Avenue Church of Christ serving as a deacon and elder. After moving to Dawson, he was a member of the Dawson Lions Club, served on the board for the Dawson Cemetery Association and was a member of the Dawson Church of Christ.
He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant brother, Odell Woods and a sister, Anna Lou Woods Hobbs.
Survivors include his wife of over 58 years, Yvonne Davis Woods of Dawson; son, Douglas Raymond Woods and wife, Denise of Dawson; daughter, Raylyn Ann Woods Means and husband, Kent of North Richland Hills; sister, Lois McEntire of Clarksville; four grandchildren, Kellyn Means, William Means, Weston Means and Benjamin Woods and several nieces and nephews and other extended family members.
Pallbearers will be Benjamin Woods, Weston Means, William Means, Benny Owen, Guy Hobbs and Richard Sorenson. Honorary pallbearers will be Joe Thompson, Collins Bumpers, Wayne Clemens and George Faucett.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26 at Wade Funeral Chapel in Hubbard with Roy Hignight and Kasey McGraw officiating. Interment will follow in Dawson Cemetery.
The family requests that memorials or donations be made in Ray's honor to Dawson Cemetery, P.O. Box 126, Dawson, Texas76639.
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