Ray Lloyd Storey was called home to be with the Lord on November 24, 2019 at the Heritage Health: Therapy & Senior Care in Springfield, IL. Ray, a boy with a crooked smile, was born in May of 1948 from the union of Bertis and Sylfia Storey in Bell City, MO where he joined a family of 6 brothers and sisters in their home until the age of 9. At this age, he and 5 of his siblings would spend their formidable years at the Carmi Baptist Children’s Home in Carmi, IL.
At the children’s home, Ray was blessed to meet a loving couple, Arthur Wayne and Dorothy Claytor, who were actually looking for a girl but fell in love with the boy with crooked smile. This couple along with their sons, Allen Wayne and Tim, welcomed him; as in Deuteronomy 10:18, Ray was shown the love and support of Jesus Christ through the Claytors, who shared vacations, holidays and eventually becoming a family which lasted a lifetime. And they are now showing him that same love and support as they welcome him into the gates of heaven.
A visitation on Saturday, November 30, 2019, will be held from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon at Tabernacle Baptist Church (650 N. Wyckles Road, Decatur, IL) with the funeral service beginning at 12:00 noon at the church. Pastor Chris Merritt will officiate.
After serving his country in Vietnam, Ray was introduced, by his brother Tim, to the person that he would spend the next 48 years with. Terry Lee King, a southern belle with her own wide smile, stole his heart while singing in the church choir. He just knew he had to meet her and five short months later, after getting permission from his sisters, he proposed to her over the phone and they wed on October 16, 1971. Through their own love story, the young couple welcomed a son, Michael Ray in 1975 and daughter, Shelly Diann in 1978 and both children inherited his infectious smile. He later became Papaw to the apple of his eye, his grandson Michael Allen in 2005, who also inherited that same smile.
A hardworking man, Ray worked for Firestone Tire Manufacturing for 28 ½ years before retiring. Even after his retirement, he spent another 9 years at Little Creek Wood Working, making cabinet drawers. He loved the Lord as much as he loved his family, working and weekends spent hunting or watching old westerns. He was a lifetime member of Tabernacle Baptist Church serving as a deacon, led the Royal Ambassadors (RA’s) and was a member of the Movers and Shakers. He, along with his brother Allen Wayne, participated in the Vietnam Remembrance at the Decatur Public Library and some of his photos were part of the exhibit.
He doesn’t leave anyone to mourn but to celebrate the boy with the crooked smile and the Christian life he led. His loving wife Terry; son Michael (Melody), daughter Shelly (Rhalo); grandsons Michael and Ted; sisters Ada (Elbert) and Shirley (Roger), and brothers Allen Wayne (Dee) and Tim (Jean), and a host of nieces and nephews, cousins, family, and friends.
He is preceded in his journey to heaven by two sets of parents, Bertis and Sylfia Storey and Arthur Wayne and Dorothy Claytor, along with five siblings, Baby Bobby, Glenn, Bertis, Bonnie and Frank.
The Storey family wants to thank everyone who called and came by during their time of bereavement, as well as the staff at Heritage Health and Elara Care in Springfield, IL. Your words and acts of kindness helped more than you know. We love each of you.
Dad, Mike and I checked on you before you made your journey. You were sleeping peacefully as we said good-bye.
Don’t worry about mom, we’ll take care of her.
“Terry, I may have laid down before you, but I still want to know…
when are you gonna turn off the TV?”
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