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Originally published: 2013-04-26 11:32:36
Last modified: 2013-04-26 11:32:35

Clara Tester Ray

Mrs. Clara Belle Tester Ray, 86, of Boone, died late Wednesday afternoon, April 24, 2013.
Born in Blowing Rock, Dec. 3, 1926, she was the daughter of the late Clyde Tester and Lula Moore Griffis.
Mrs. Ray was a graduate of Blowing Rock High School, class of 1944, and was retired from TRW/IRC, where she was a lab technician. She was a devoted leader of Girl Scout Troop 245.
Mrs. Ray is survived by one daughter, Shirley Ray of Clyde; one sister, Anna Lea Helton and husband, Lloyd, of Lenoir; one brother, Glenn Tester and wife, Emma, of San Antonio, Texas; and one sister-in-law, Margaret Ray Folger of Lumberton. She is also survived by a number of nieces, nephews, and cousins.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, J.E. Ray; and one sister, Dare Newman.
The family received friends from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday at Hampton Funeral Service.
Graveside services and burial for Mrs. Clara Belle Tester Ray were conducted 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 27, 2013, at the Ray Family Cemetery in Boone. Officiating wase the Rev. Burl Greer.
Flowers are appreciated or memorial contributions may be made to the Hunger and Health Coalition, Inc., P.O. Box 1837, Boone, NC 28607, or to the Clara & Shirley Ray New Century Scholarship Fund, payable to the Appalachian State University Foundation, P.O. Box 32110, Boone, NC 28608.
Online condolences may be sent to the Ray family at
Hampton Funeral and Cremation Service is in charge of the arrangements.