US Air Force

Emmitt Allen Ray

December 26, 1941 ~ December 21, 2021 (age 79)


Emmitt Allen Ray, 79, of Concord, NC passed away at University Hospital in Charlotte on Tuesday, December 21, 2021.

Born in Flemingsburg, Ky. on December 26, 1941, he was the son of the late John Louie Ray and Mary T. Ray.

He was a veteran of the United States Air Force. He had a long career with IBM in Charlotte before retiring.

Emmitt is survived by his wife of 38 years, Charlotte Crain Ray;  his two stepsons, Tim (Lisa) Porter and John Porter both of Lexington, Ky.;  his stepdaughter, Kelly Palmer;  his brother, Yancey Ray of Lexington, Ky.;  his five grandchildren, Jack Ray, Brady Ray, Gracyn Ray, Matthew Porter, and Alyssa Porter; and his two great grandchildren,  Kameron Porter and Bailey Porter.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his two sons, Jason K. Ray and Emmitt A. Ray II; and his sister, Carolyn Frederick.

Graveside service will begin at 12:30 p.m., on Wednesday, December 29, 2021, at the Elizaville Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 9 a.m., until 12 noon, Wednesday, at Boone-Nickell Funeral Home.

In place of flowers, please consider a donation in Emmitt’s memory to The Jason Ray Foundation, PO Box 6326, Concord, NC 28027 or online at


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December 29, 2021

9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Boone-Nickell Funeral Home
150 W. Water Street
Flemingsburg, KY 41041

Graveside Service
December 29, 2021

12:30 PM
Elizaville Cemetery
Hilltop Road
Ewing, KY 41039

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