Ray Allen Coleman of Uvalde, Texas, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on February 4, 2022. Ray whose name means a gift of God, was born on April 6, 1933, on the Old Cross S Ranch outside of Crystal City, Texas. Ray had a strong faith in Christ, and for many years was an active member of the First Baptist Church of Uvalde.
Ray had a quite a testimony while growing up! As a child he had suffered with rheumatic fever, and was told by the doctors that he would never walk and was not expected to live long; but Ray first willed himself to walk with braces and crutches, and later walked perfectly without any aids. Ray defied death at an early age, and lived a long blessed life up until age eighty-eight.
Ray attended his school years in Uvalde, and lived most of his life in the area to be near his mother and other family members. Ray is preceded in death by his parents, Henrietta Brucks and Mike Coleman. Ray deeply loved his immediate and extended family, and was always very involved in their lives.
Ray proudly served for two years in the military and was honorably discharged in 1954. After the military, he immediately went to work for Central Power Light, as a lineman. Ray worked for CPL until his retirement in 1991. He was very proud of his profession and was promoted several times during his career. Ray served as Supervisor II over the Uvalde Distribution and transmission crews.
One of Ray's passions was raising cattle and various livestock before and after his retirement. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping and traveling with his family and friends. Ray had a big heart and never knew a stranger, and would always make everyone laugh and feel welcomed.
Ray is survived by his wife of sixty-one years, Sharon Coleman, a daughter Patricia Arnold and her husband Mike, along with two sons, Wade Coleman and wife Tommie, and Russell Coleman and wife Rocio. Ray was blessed by his grandchildren and their spouses, Jay Arnold (Rachel), Brooke Arnold, Callie Wilson (Jack), Zachary Coleman (Angela), and by his Great Grandson Barrett Ray Coleman. In addition, Ray is survived by numerous nieces and nephews that lovingly referred to him as Uncle Bubo. Ray is also survived by an older brother ML (Fritz) Coleman, and his wife Ginger, and by a younger sister Suzanne Bukoviny, and her husband Bob.
Pallbearers will be Jimmy Coleman, Kevin Coleman, Zac Coleman, Jay Arnold, Leonard Creech, and Nathan Nash. Honorary Pallbearers will be Raymond Schwartzlose, Padgett Montgomery, Larry Boales, Tim Read, and Chuck Irwin.
Ray touched the lives of many and he will be deeply missed more than words can convey. His family takes great comfort in knowing that Ray is with the Lord and other family members that have preceded him in death. Visitation will held at Rushing-Estes-Knowles Funeral Home 3PM-5PM Feb.11, 2022
220 S. Getty Uvalde, TX. The “Celebration of Life Service” will be held at Rushing-Estes- Knowles Funeral Home at 10AM Saturday Feb. 12, 2022. Graveside services will be held at Hillcrest Cemetery Uvalde, TX following the Celebration of Life Service.