Rev. Alton Ray

Rev. Alton Kenneth Ray, 84, of Canon, Georgia,  passed away Wednesday morning, September 27, 2017, at the Piedmont Athens Medical Center, Athens, Georgia.

Born July 28, 1933, in Hart County, he was the son of the late William Jasper and Allie Brown Ray.  He was the father of the late, Susan Marie Ray Detter. The last member of his immediate family he was the brother of the late Billy Ray, Charles Ray, Enman Ray, Wilmer Ray, and Jobie Ray. He was a graduate of Truitt McConnell College and Anderson College.  He loved serving and helping others, and as a Baptist minister, he was pastor for New Prospect, Milltown, Shoal Creek, and New Bethel Baptist Church, as well as interims for several area churches.  He became a funeral director and worked for many years with Ginn Funeral Home. He also served as Chaplain for Franklin County Sheriff’s office, and worked in law enforcement for several years including the Commerce and Royston Police Department.  He was a member of the Bethany Baptist Church in Hart County.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Hunnicutt Ray; daughter and son-in-law, Brenda and Gary Higgins, Carnesville; three sons and daughters-in-law, Kenneth and Shirley Ray, Toccoa, Tim and Lawana Ray, Danielsville, and Edwin “J R” and Donna Masinet, Commerce, GA; son-in-law, Tracy Detter,  Canon; grandchildren and spouses, Angela and Arlen, Bryan and Chris, Jeremy and April, Brandon and Kayla, Kevin Ray, John Thomas Ray, Jason, Antonio, Alan, Kristi, Christina, Adam ; 18 great-grandchildren; surviving sister-in-law, Lavonne Ray, Royston; numerous nieces and nephews; and his faithful dog, Chico.

Services will be Friday afternoon at 2pm at the B D Ginn Memorial Chapel with Rev. Jerry Durham and Re. Joey Stewart officiating.  The committal with Rev. Luther Thomas and interment will at the Bethany Baptist Church Cemetery.

The body is at Ginn Funeral Home, Carnesville.  The family is at the home of Brenda and Gary Higgins of the New Bethel Community. The family will receive friends from 6 until 8pm Thursday evening at the funeral home.  Flowers are welcome but memorials may be made to the Bethany Baptist Church, 2085 Bethany Bowersville Rd. Canon, Ga 30520, and to Kindred Hospice.  The family wants to thank all the caregivers Kindred for the special attention given to him and the family while at Athens Regional.



  1. Just heard of Preacher’s passing. So sorry to hear of this. I always had the utmost respect for Preacher Ray and consider it an honor to have worked with him over the years. My thoughts, prayers and deepest sympathy to his family.

    Stan Evans
    Jackson County Sheriff (Retired)

  2. We are sorry for your family’s loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Love and prayers,
    The late Rev Charles Ivey Family

  3. Alton was my sweet Uncle, my Dad’s (Wilmer) younger and dearly loved Brother. All the Brothers are gone now but I cannot help but remember the sense of humor that they all had. What a reunion that had to be! Alton, rest sweetly in Heaven until we meet again. We love you.

  4. I worked with Preacher Ray at Commerce Police Department. I am so sorry to hear this. I will pray for the Ray family.

  5. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Papa Ray was and is such an amazing person. I pray for healing for each and every one of you. God Bless.

  6. Robbie Rawls former CPD WORKER
    September 28, 2017 - 9:12 pm

    I have thought about Major Ray so many times over the years. I missed him so much when he left CPD. There will never be another like him. He was truly a Man of God and impacted so many lives on this earth and will continue to do so while strolling the streets of gold. He definitely has won that robe and crown!

    I’m so sorry for your family’s loss and will be in prayer for you all. God Bless You!

  7. Ray Family, please except my condolences on your loss. I remember Mr. Ray from his time at the funeral home, very nice fellow. Again, my sympathy to your family.

  8. I am heartbroken at your loss! Major Ray was a huge influence in my life and definitely one of THE BEST men I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing! May he Rest In Peace and may you all find comfort in knowing he’s still looking over us!
    Kay Denton
    Commerce Police Department

  9. Tammy Cardin Chasteen
    September 27, 2017 - 7:58 pm

    Mary, Brenda, Kenneth, and Tim,

    The Cardin family has so many wonderful memories with your family. May God give you all peace and comfort during this difficult time. We treasure the memories of travels and the tales of Daddy and Alton!

  10. Carolyn Ray Sauls
    September 27, 2017 - 7:38 pm

    Mary, I was so sorry to hear of Alton’s death. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Alton was truly a special person and he will be missed. Love, Carolyn, Jennifer,Matthew and Keith.

  11. My heart goes out to our whole family God speed

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