Ray Boone, 83, of Wanna B. Lane, Burnsville, the Arbuckle community, died Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018, at the Brian Center Health & Rehab in Spruce Pine.
Born Aug. 29, 1934, in Mitchell County, he was the son of the late Joe and Mae Burleson Boone. He was also preceded in death by his brother, Lawrence Boone; and sister, Gladys Boone Bartlett.
Ray was a lifelong member of the Liberty Hill Baptist Church and was a member of Vesper Masonic Lodge No. 554 A.F. & A.M for 57 years. Ray was employed by Burleson Plumbing and Heating for 65 years and was recognized as a master craftsman in fabricating sheet metal. He loved his family, his job and he enjoyed his Percheron horses and traveling to Ohio with his late nephew, Bill Bartlett, to enjoy the Amish lifestyle.
Left to cherish his memories are his wife of 61 years, Edna Griffith Boone; his daughter, Mary Bailey and husband, Mike, of Burnsville; his sons, Dwayne and Jeff Boone, both of the home; two granddaughters, Nikki Ray, of Burnsville, and Lauren Chriscoe and husband, Matt, of Pinehurst; three great-grandchildren, Griffin Ray, of Burnsville, Banks Chriscoe and Boone Chriscoe, of Pinehurst; one brother, Paul Boone and wife, Emma; and three sisters, Ruby Putnam and late husband, Bill Putnam, Margaret Greene and husband, Chuck, and Mildred Presnell and Charles Miller.
A funeral service honoring the life of Ray Boone was 4 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018, at the Liberty Hill Baptist Church with the Revs. Clay Dale, Ricky Ray and G.E. Freeman officiating. A time to support the family, share memories and receive friends was 2-4 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018, at the church. Masonic Graveside rites were conducted by Vesper Masonic Lodge No. 554 A.F. & A.M. Interment followed in the Liberty Hill Baptist Church Cemetery.
Flowers will be accepted and appreciated, or memorial donations may be made to Shriners’s Children’s Hospital, C/O Vesper Mason Lodge No. 554 A.F. & A.M., 641 Oak Ave., Spruce Pine, NC 28777.
Words of comfort may be emailed to the family by going to www.webbfh.com, selecting Ray Boone’s name and signing his guestbook. Webb Funeral Home of Spruce Pine is assisting the Boone family. Mr. Boone’s obituary has also been posted on Facebook.
Mitchell News-Journal • Sept. 5, 2018