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Ray Pettiford

Ray Pettiford

September 29, 1952 - December 12, 2018
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Obituary

Ray McLanza Pettiford fell into eternal rest on Wednesday, December 12, 2018, following an extended illness. He was born in Durham, NC to Jettlean Winstead Pettiford and the late McNeil Pettiford on September 29, 1952.
Ray was educated in the Druham City School System, graduating from Durham High in 1970. He continued his education at Howard University. His education was interrupted when he enlisted in the United States Army. Following his years of service, he attended North Carolina Central University where he received a B.S. in Geography Magna cum laude. He continued his education at Ohio State University.
Ray joined Mt. Gilead Baptist Church at an early age where he was active in the boy scouts, Sunday school, the junior choir, and the male chorus. He an avid reader and listening to jazz.
He is survived by his mother, Jettlean Pettiford; two daughters, Tanisha Bostic and Yoruba Pettiford; three brothers, Glen, Roderick, and Johnnie; two sisters, Joyce and Deidra; four grandchildren Roderick, Tyrika, Desmond, and Tyler; three great grandchildren, Simone, Coby, Ava and a host of other relatives and friends.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Thursday December 20, 2018 | 11:00am - 12:00pm
    When
    Thursday December 20, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
    Location
    Mt. Gilead Baptist Church
    Address
    404 Dowd St,
    DURHAM, NC 27701
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Thursday December 20, 2018 | 12:00pm
    When
    Thursday December 20, 2018 12:00pm
    Location
    Mt. Gilead Missionary Baptist Churcch
    Address
    Dowd Street
    Durham, NC 27701
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Officiant
    Dr. Reverend David Mitchell
  • Interment

    Thursday December 20, 2018 | 2:00pm
    When
    Thursday December 20, 2018 2:00pm
    Location
    Beechwood Cemetery
    Address
    3300 Fayetteville St.
    DURHAM, NC 27707
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C. Dorsey

Posted at 06:43pm
Family and Friends......

Our heartfelt condolences for all who shared such a bond of love for your dear Ray.

There maybe nothing more painful than losing a family member in death....But it always strengthens us to know that others care as well.......But more importantly our creator God cares.
May all draw strength and comfort from God's promise at Isaiah 41:10:
“Do not be afraid, for I am with you. 
Do not be anxious, for I am your God. 
I will fortify you, yes, I will help you, I will really hold on to you with my right hand of righteousness.”

Cherish the fond memories shared with your love one and may you find strength and gain comfort and peace from our Heavenly Father the God of tender mercies.

Prayers of Comfort,
The Dorsey Family

Posted at 08:11am
Rev. Pettiford and family,
Please know that we are praying for you and your family. Sorry we cannot be with you.
Bobby and Bonnie Henderson
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