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Vertis Ray Bay Jr., 69, entered Heaven's gates on Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017, at his home in Hillsboro. Graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13, at Luke Tipton Cemetery near Itasca with Rev. Dr. George M. Demmerritte of Second Missionary Baptist Church in Itasca officiating. Visitation will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. Friday at the cemetery prior to service time.
Marshall & Marshall Funeral Directors of Hillsboro is in charge of arrangements. Ray was born July 27, 1948, in Dallas, the eldest son of Vertis Ray Bay Sr. and Freida Kunze Bay. He grew up in Dallas, attended local schools, and graduated from H. Grady Spruce High School. Ray was an ordained Baptist minister and worked for many years with the U.S. Postal Department in Dallas and in the grocery field in Emory, Greenville, and Waco, retiring in 2012. He was a member of Second Missionary Baptist Church in Itasca.
He is survived by his daughter, Carrie Annette Bay of Texas; son Nathan Alan Bay of Texas; son Jesse Aaron Bay; daughter-in-law Gwen Bay; and granddaughter Meredith Bay, all of Pessac, France. Other family members include brother Lawrence Bay, sister-in-law Esther Bay and nephew Jeremy Bay, all of Cheyenne, Wyo.; a sister, Doris Jean Bay of Texas; half-brother Ernest Kluck of Marlin; and half-sister Shirley Mae Kunze of Waco.
He was preceded in death by his parents and half-brother Adolph Oswald Kunze.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Ray's name to UT Southwestern Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center (http://www.utsouthwestern.edu/simmons/about/make-a-gift.html).
Published on October 12, 2017
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