A native of Bartow County, Ray was born June 28, 1945, the son of the late Garnett Cecil Southern and the late Doris Patterson Southern Mercer. Ray was an active member and deacon of Atco Baptist Church where he served as a Sunday school teacher for many years. He retired from the City of Cartersville where he made many lifelong friends and touched many lives. In addition to his parents, Ray is preceded in death by his grandparents, Jack and Bertie Patterson and Allen and Martha Martin.
He leaves behind his loving wife of 49 years and best friend, Sandra Cowart Southern; his son and daughter-in-law, Tony and Hanna Southern; his daughter and son-in-law, Tina and Kenny Lowery; his grandchildren, Lauren Lowery, Lindsey and Tyler Ellis, Levi and Luke Southern, Maddison Ward and Brooklyn Shepherd; his stepfather, George Mercer; his brothers, Glenn and Sam Southern, Steve and Deborah Southern and Jeff and Anne Southern; stepbrother, Lanny Mercer; and stepsister, Norma Bohannon, along with several nieces and nephews.
Funeral arrangements will be conducted at 2 p.m. today at Atco Baptist Church with Rev. Doug Harris and Rev. Johnny Womack officiating. Interment will follow in the Oak Hill Cemetery. The family received friends on Wednesday, Oct. 24, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Parnick Jennings Funeral Home and Cremation Services.
Serving as pallbearers will be Johnny Womack, Glenn Worley, Jerry Milam, Harry Green, Randy Cochran and Donald Peace.
The family suggests that those who wish may make donations to Atco Baptist Church, 20 Parmenter St., Cartersville, GA 30120 or The American Cancer Society, Cobb County Unit, 1256 North Cobb Parkway, Suite 102, Marietta, GA 30062-2420.
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