Ruth Vick Ray

Ruth Vick Ray

Zebulon – Ruth Vick Ray, 87, went to her Heavenly home on Friday following a courageous battle with Parkinson’s Disease.  She was born in Nash County to the late William & Minnie Lewis Vick.    She was preceded in death by siblings, Marie Denton, Rachel Andrews, and Jesse Vick; a nephew, Williford (Tink) Martin; and a great grandchild, Ella Cate Dees.

Ruth was humble, kind, and full of love, servanthood, and self-sacrifice. She was a proud member of MidPoint Church (formerly Middlesex Church of God). She lived a life of devotion to her Christian faith, her family, and her many friends. 

She is survived by her husband of 70 years, Nelson Keyvin Ray of the home; children, Sandra Strickland (Phil), Carson Ray, Mike Ray (Amy); sibling, Eleanor Lewis of Middlesex; grandchildren, Trevor, Zachary, & Madeline Ray, Kim Johnson (Glenn), David Strickland (Jodie), Laura Dees (Aaron), Jason Wilkins (Jessica), & Brandon Ray (Amanda); many great grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

The family wishes to thank Ginger Caldwell for her ongoing support and dedication to Ruth’s care. 

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Bethlehem Baptist Church, Youngsville, or MidPoint Church, Middlesex.

She will lie in state Monday, 2-5 pm, Strickland Funeral Home & Crematory, 211 W. Third St., Wendell.  Private services with burial in the Williams Family Cemetery, Tuesday.


  • Teresa Landenberger Posted June 7, 2020 6:58 pm

    So sorry for your loss. Ruth was always so positive and sweet. She always spoke about how much she cared for her family. She will be missed. May you find comfort in Gods love and support

  • Betty & Tom Pearson Posted June 7, 2020 8:58 pm

    Mike and Amy and family, I am so sorry for your loss and you will be in my prayers. But Ms. Ruth is happier now than she has ever been, because she has seen the face of Jesus. Sharing your sorrow.

  • Carolyn Puckett Posted June 8, 2020 11:21 am

    Ruth was a great lady Always there for everyone Prayers for the family

  • Jimmy and Lorrie Atkins Posted June 8, 2020 12:29 pm

    So sorry for your loss. May God bless you and your family during this difficult time.

  • Ed and Joan Tippett Posted June 8, 2020 12:57 pm

    Our deepest sympathy to Mike and his family….Ms Ruth truly gracious lady. May God grant her family peace and comfort during their time of mourning.

  • Sue Mitchell Posted June 8, 2020 1:15 pm

    So sorry carson to hear of your mama passing.. I know how it feels. May god be with you during this time.

  • Phillip (Buster) Hopkins Posted June 8, 2020 5:52 pm

    Ruth was a wonderful Christian lady. She was so much like her mother who had such a sweet and humble spirit about her. Her mother made a statement in our church during one of our services when I was growing up and I always remembered what she said. Sis. Minnie said, “Take time to be holy.” Ruth done exactly that during her lifetime. I pray God’s wings of comfort and peace will cover each of her family members. Heaven truly gained an ANGEL!!!!!!!

  • Jeanette Ray Stinson Posted June 8, 2020 9:44 pm

    I will always remember Aunt Ruth’s chocolate gravy and homemade biscuits! And she was such a sweet lady. I’ll never forget her . RIP Aunt Ruth.

  • Wanda Carlyle Posted June 9, 2020 9:56 pm

    Rest In Peace Mrs Ruth. My condolence to you all. Just lost my mom so I know your pain. No doubt she is rejoicing in heaven . She was a very kind and well thought of lady by me and David.

  • Frances Smith Posted June 10, 2020 5:17 pm

    I am sad to learn of Mrs. Ray’s passing. My sincere sympathy and prayers go out to her wonderful family. Seeing the pictures of her life story was very touching and I know she will be missed so much.

  • Ed & Violet Allen Posted June 10, 2020 11:38 pm

    Mike,Amy and family! So sorry to hear about your loved one.Our thoughts and prayers are with you.She was a Beautiful lady,I ‘m sure she will be missed by many and loved!She finished her fight and went home with Jesus where there no sickness or pain!

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