Ray Whitson, 75, of Taylorsville, passed away on Friday, February 28, 2020 at Catawba Valley Medical Center from complications of lung cancer.
Born March 6, 1944, in Baltimore, Maryland, to the late Robert (Bob) Whitson and Violet Nora Gillis Whitson, Ray was the owner and operator of Hickory Heritage Furniture until April 2010 and a member at Liledoun Baptist Church.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Glenda Byrd Whitson of the home; daughter, Col. Kimberly Sencindiver USAF, and grandson, Matthew Sencindiver of Kearneysville, West Virginia; daughter, Renee L. Whitson and spouse W. Kevin Parsons, grandson, Kristopher Parsons and wife Candice Parsons, and great-granddaughter, Kinsley Jill Parsons of Lenoir; daughter, Michelle Whitson Brown and husband John Wayne Brown, Jr.; granddaughter, Stephanie Leigh-Brown Jowers and husband Adrian Paul Jowers; and granddaughter, Anita Michelle Brown of Taylorsville; Surviving siblings include Ralph Whitson and wife Gladys Whitson of Ft. Myers, Florida, Ruth W. Mosley and husband Julian Mosley of Perry Hall, Maryland, Ruby W. Letterman of Burnsville, Rose W. Walsh and husband Jay Walsh of Elizabethton, Tennessee, Bill Whitson and wife Ann W. Whitson of Taylorsville, and Rita W. Honeycutt of Burnsville; 26 nieces and nephews; and an untold number of great and great-great-nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death his brothers, Walter Whitson, just days old, Raymond Whitson, just days old, Howard Whitson, stillborn, Rassie Whitson, 78 years old, and Robert Whitson, 81 years old.
The family will receive friends on Tuesday, March 3, 2020, from 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., at Liledoun Baptist Church. The funeral service will follow at 4:00 p.m. with Rev. Jason Payne and Rev. Mark Bumgarner officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
Memorials may be sent to Crossroads Rescue Mission in Shelby.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Alexander Funeral and Cremation Service.
Condolences may be sent to www.alexfuneralservice.com.