A thousand times we needed you

A thousand times we cried

If love alone could have saved you

you never would have died.

A heart of gold stopped beating

two twinkling eyes closed to rest

God broke our hearts to prove

He only took the best.

Never a day goes by that youre not in my heart and my soul.

On Sept. 21, 2009, Billy Wayne Ray went home to meet his Heavenly Father. Billy Wayne passed away while working.

He was born on July 9, 1963, in Bakersfield, Calif., to Barbara and Billy Jack Ray. He was an avid fisherman and hunter, and loved his family to the fullest. He moved to Odessa in 1980 and began a new life. Though he moved away several times he always came back.

He is survived by three sons, Robert Ray and wife Angla of Avinger, Texas, Billy Jack (BJ) Ray and wife Megan of Waco, Texas, and Brandon (Boo) Ray of Avinger, Texas; one daughter, Renee Natividad and husband; his mother, Barbara Elliott of Odessa; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Greta and Bobby Vaughan of Gardendale, Texas, and Mary and Danny Williamson of Campti, La.; a brother, Hank and wife Susan Ray of Odessa, Texas; one step-sister, Linda Kay Cipper; one step-brother, John Robert (Bob) and wife LeeAnn Hein of Kilgore, Texas; seven grandchildren; several nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews; and loyal and best friends, Jeff Vaughan and Ross.

He is preceded in death by his father, Billy Jack Ray, his wife, Paula Ray, and one son, Christopher Lee Ray.

Visitation with the family will be 5-7 p.m. today, at Sunset Memorial Funeral Home in Odessa. Funeral services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, 2009, at Sunset Memorial Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens.

Pallbearers will be Robert Ray, B.J.Ray, Boo Ray, Jeff Vaughan, Shawn Ray, Travis Williamson, Richard Roberts and Dakota Malik.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to a Benevolence fund at CCFCU in the name of Billy Wayne Ray, in care of Hank J. Ray.

Arrangements are under the direction of Sunset Memorial Funeral Home. To sign the guest book, go to the Web site at www.sunsetodessa.com.