Jimmy Ray

Jimmy Ray was born Jan. 9, 1979 in Columbia to Doug and Patty (Brooks) Ray of Big Spring. He was graciously guided by faith to his eternal freedom at MU in Columbia on Dec. 31, 2020 at the age of 41, 11 months and 22 days due to complications of severe cardiac arrest caused by a lifetime struggle with multiple underlying conditions. He was abundantly loved by friends, family and co-workers and will be achingly missed by all who knew him.
Jim was joined in marriage to Jenna (Chinnici) Ray on May 29, 2004 at his childhood church, Oak Grove Baptist in Jonesburg. They settled in Bellflower. Together, they combined their families into one and watched and aided to grow six children into adulthood along with their other mothers and fathers. Jim and Jenna had one child together and they have raised her 11 years as a devoted couple, bound by fate and faith. They also were able to welcome six beautiful grandchildren into this world together of whom Jim was very proud.
James worked for Porta King Building Systems in Montgomery City as a painter for 13 years, 1 month and 16 days. He liked to tinker with electronics, sleep and play pool but most of all, he loved to be out on the Gasconade River in his boat with family and friends. He truly was one of a kind, in body and in Spirit.
James was preceded in death by his father, Douglas William Ray of West Palm Beach, Fla., and his mother, Patricia Kay (Brooks) Ray of Bellflower; his grandparents, James and Irene (Smith) Brooks of Spring and his infant niece, Aurora Poppleton.
He is fatefully survived by his wife, Jennifer (Chinnici) Ray; a sister, Christine (Ray) Jackson and her life partner, Brian Churchill of Montgomery City; one brother, Michael Tune and his partner Jenn Witte of Bellflower; seven beautiful children, Brandy (Overbaugh) Percy of Bellflower, Austin Ray of De Soto, Tristan Ray of De Soto, Halla Chinnici of St. Louis, Brayden Rajchart of Bellflower, Dustin Rajchart of High Hill and Layci (Buggy) Ray of Bellflower.
Jim was ‘PeePaw’ to six grandchildren, Jace, Max, Aria and Ava Percy of Bellflower, Bently Ray of De Soto and Silas Rajchart of High Hill. He also leaves behind several close family members, aunt and uncle Elaine (Brooks) and Richard Hart, uncle Roger Brooks, his nieces Brittany Ray, Latyshia Churchill, Samantha Poppleton, Stephanie Jefferies, Emily and McKenzie Tune and Gemma Witte; nephews Mason Jackson, Brandyn Churchill and (arriving soon) Greyson Tune; cousins Rachel and Tyler Crutz along with multiple great nieces and nephews. Jim enjoyed the company of a private and tight knit family and we will miss his mournfully.
A memorial service is planned at 1 p.m. on Jan. 23 at the Bellflower Community Building. A mask is optional, but recommended.
Memorial donations may be made in his name to the American Kidney Foundation and Be The Match at www.bethematch.org/gift, www.kidneyfund.org or to the Ray family directly.
 

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