Luther Ray Todd, 87, returned to his Heavenly home Saturday, March 5, 2016, with his two daughters at his side.

Ray was devoted to his wife of 60 years, “Dink” (Glenn), who preceded him in death, as did his dog Russell, his faithful companion. He was a member of Central United Methodist Church and trusted the Lord for his salvation. Ray was described by his grandchildren and great-grandchildren as hard-working, loyal, a gentleman, compassionate, strong, brave, energetic, loving, giving, kind, cute, nice, wise, a role model, caring, lively, trusting, proud, generous, gifted, talented, and he made the best breakfasts. One of Ray’s favorite pastimes was to shell and hull pecans from his many trees. He shared his pecan crop with family and friends as far away as Iowa. He loved people and had a special place in his heart for children. He was a very gifted and blessed man.

Ray was born on Jan. 12, 1929 in Albany to the late James Luther and Mary Elizabeth (Anderson) Todd. He was the youngest of five sons, all who preceded him in death. He graduated from Daniel Baker College in 1951 with a B.A. degree. He received his Master’s degree from West Texas State, Canyon, in 1965. Ray spent 30 years working in Texas Public Schools as a teacher, coach, assistant principal and principal. He retired as assistant superintendent from Grapevine ISD in January 1980. Ray and Dink then moved to May, where Ray spent many years ranching and custom farming. Ray touched the lives of many people with his love of teaching and mentoring. As a former coach, he loved and supported any and all sporting events.

Ray is survived by daughters, Carroll French and husband Karl of Keller; Debbie Wagner and husband Alan of Springdale, Ark.; four grandchildren, Todd French and husband Bob Manness, Karla Wilson and husband Wade, Jennifer Reed and husband Travis, and Mark Wagner and wife Amity; 11 great-grandchildren; and many family members, special neighbors, and countless dear friends.

A memorial service to celebrate Ray’s life is scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday, March 18, 2016 at Central United Methodist Church, 1501 Second Street, Brownwood, Texas, 76801 with the Rev. Tim Boeglin officiating. The family requests memorials to Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch, P.O. Box 1890, Amarillo, TX 79174.