James Ray loved his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and his family. Born April 9th 1965 to James Ray Sr. and Lavern Ray (Maxwell), he grew up in St. Louis, MO. There he met and married his answered prayer, Reshell Moore. They moved to Lincoln in 1988, and have called Nebraska home ever since. They had five children in three years! He was tremendously proud to be a father, laughing at the odds of having twins and a single in-between.
He worked several jobs throughout his time in Lincoln, but his most proud occupation was with Nelnet in service to Veterans and the disabled. Notable achievements were completing his CDL certification with his son, Jonathan, and getting to be a recognized graduate with his daughter, Rosalind.
James loved music, singing, reading, and his church family. But perhaps what he'll be most remembered for was his story telling. He painted the picture and set the stage to have you laugh and cry in the same moment. His passion and animated disposition made even strangers feel like old friends. He never missed an opportunity to share a meal or a prayer with anyone in need. Even as his health limited his physical mobility, his generosity continued. He would say, “You can't out-bless me.” This could be seen in his desire to be a pastor. While that dream was not actualized by certification, in his latter years he committed himself to caring for his family with a pastor's heart.
James is preceded in death by his parents, James Ray Sr. and Lavern Ray (Maxwell). He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Reshell Ray and grown children: Rachel Ray, James Ray III, Jonathan Ray, Rosalind Reloj (Ray), Rebekah Menter (Ray) and spouses, His brothers and sister, Wesley Maxwell, Rodney Ray, Sean Ray, Kim Ray and Derrick Moore (Brother-in-Law), Parents-in-Love, John and Emma Moore. His legacy includes 10 grandchildren and counting!
Visitation will be 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Friday, July 23, 2021
Family greeting 9:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.
Memorials to the family for future designation.