Ray Allen Heaton, 67, Elizabethton, died in Ann Arbor, Mich., following his brave fight against cancer.
Ray is survived by his loving wife of 42 years, Joyce (Oliver) Heaton; sons, Curtiss, Greg and Michael, and daughter, Casie; brother, Jack; 17 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; brothers-in-law, Lester, Kenneth and Lavern; as well as numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.
Ray was preceded in death by parents, Frank and Casie, and brother, Dean.
Ray was a 1965 graduate of Hampton High School. He served in the U.S. Army from 1966-1968. Ray retired from Ford Motor Company after 30 years and returned home to Carter County. He was an avid horseman and golfer.
Ray was a member of the Blue Springs Christian Church.
Services and interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations in Ray’s name can be made toward cancer research.
Ray was known as a generous man who would do anything for a friend or neighbor. He touched the life of everyone he met, and will never be forgotten. Condolences to the Heaton family may be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.