Perry, Raymond "Ray Ray" O'dell

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November 9, 1947 - September 17, 2017

Perry, Raymond "Ray Ray" O'dell

Raymond “Ray Ray” O’dell Perry of Oak Point, Texas passed away at home on Sunday, September 17, 2017 at the age of 69, after a long battle with cancer. He was born on November 9, 1947 in Durant, Oklahoma.  His parents were William and Eva Perry.  He was the third child of seven children.  There were 5 boys and 2 girls; Billy, Snooks (Elmer), Ray, Betty and Jean (twins), James and Jerry.

Ray graduated high school from Bonham High School in 1966. He married Vicki Perry on April 19, 1997.

He held many positions in the transportation industry throughout his career. He retired from Stevens Transportation of Mesquite, Texas, where he served as a Driver Manager.

Ray loved to spend time with friends and family doing karaoke. He formed his own business, “Quartermoon Karaoke”, which he ran for several years on weekends providing fun and entertainment through song.  Although normally, Ray was a man of few words, he had a great sense of humor.

He was predeceased by his parents, William and Eva Perry and two brothers, Billy and Snooks Perry.

Ray is survived by his wife, Vicki who lives in their home in Oak Point, Texas; his best friend, Jerry G. Johnston and wife, Bonnee Johnston; children, Mike and Dianna Perry of The Colony, Texas, Ricky Perry of Frisco, Texas, and Yondi & Jason Nixson of The Colony, Texas; grandchildren, Brittney Perry of Frisco, Texas, Devin Perry of Denton, Texas, Morgan Perry of Broomfield, Colorado, Randi Perry of Broomfield, Colorado, Dalton Nixson of The Colony, Texas and Emily Perry of The Colony, Texas; great grand children, Trinity Perry and Jordan Perry both of Broomfield, Colorado; siblings, Betty King, Jean Manley, James Perry, and Jerry Perry.

A Memorial Service will be at 2:00 pm on Saturday, September 23, 2017 in the Brooks Family Chapel of the North Dallas Funeral Home, 2710 Valley View Lane, Farmers Branch, Texas 75234.  Chaplain Clark Wheeler will be officiating and Rex Henderson will bring the eulogy. (If sending flowers, live plants are preferred.)

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shannon dickerson

September 22, 2017 8:54PM

I sure enjoyed working with you Ray Ray.. Sure was a pleasure to meet you.. And thanks for the shine buddy....

Dana Varela

September 22, 2017 6:13PM

It was a pleasure to work with Ray Ray. He was a gentle soul with a heart of gold.

Bonnee Johnston

September 21, 2017 8:41AM

I'm posting this again due to not everyone using Facebook.

My heart is heavy again this morning. Our best friend, Ray Perry went home to be with our Lord on Sunday. Ray was the "best" best friend any man or woman would want. He was my husband's best friend, mine too and great husband to my "forever" best friend, Vicki Perry.

With his dry sense of humor, quick wit and "teddy bear" heart, he was easy to like and love. Just look past (what you think) is his "old grumpy man" ways and you find he is actually making jokes or poking fun at you.

Ray was a great Karaoke "brother" whether he was the DJ or just a singer we always had fun. After all, Ray and Jerry G Johnston sang together and were considered "professionals" by some. (😃lol). From Denton to San Antonio to Fla. You knew Jerry and Ray were in the house.

A good man he was, never letting a favor be unreturned. Just popping up with Adirondack chairs he made by hand for our deck, to a customized cooler within a wooden table and finally a birthday present made just for me. A beautiful little wheel barrel to hold plants and flowers. (Thanks to Vicki for the flowers). You have to look at the attention to detail he made that makes it one of a kind.

It will be forever cherished, just like our friendship. Thanks Ray for being our friend and brother. You will never be forgotten as your memories live on. Just like a Lonesome Dove sitting on a wire. We know you are looking down upon us. Sleep well my buddy, Love Bonnee (who, with Vicki, one more cig and one more beer before we go)👼💗🍺

Jerry G Johnston

September 20, 2017 8:13PM

How do you say goodbye to your best friend? For seven years now since you collapsed on stage at the Prairie House and through all your painful surgeries since then, I did not want to believe you would be leaving us. When your doctor told you that couldn't work any longer just two months ago because you shouldn't be driving, I still did not want to believe it. When you went from a cane, to a walker, and then a wheelchair, I kept telling you that you would regain your strength someday. We both knew better but could tell each other goodbye. As I sit with you almost daily for the last two months and watch the life slowly leave your depleted body, I think we both knew that goodbye wasn't necessary because our last song together has not yet been sung. I won't say goodbye but so long for now old friend.

John Kocher

September 20, 2017 2:35PM

Was sad to hear, prayers to the family. Ray was a pleasure to work and a great sense of humor. Had many good conversations with my last days there, I retired in Jan.Ray will be missed by many

Paul Carlin

September 20, 2017 1:47PM

I'm so sorry for the loss of a friend. When I heard my first thought was Simon and Garfunkel, the Boxer. He was my DM at Stevens transport. But more so a friend. He kept going like the Energizer Bunny, Never giving up. The fight is over but he'll never be forgotten. God bless you Ray.

Johnny Red Cloud Cox

September 20, 2017 11:56AM

Ray you will be missed, your sense of humor was great and you were a great friend.

Wendy Jones

September 20, 2017 11:09AM

It sure isn't the same around here without you were one of the best co-workers by far. Glad to know you are no longer in pain. Rest in Heaven sir!!!

Jeannie and Jesse Tillery

September 19, 2017 7:46PM

We loved you so much Ray. We had so much fun with you and Vicki when we'd sing karaoke in Denton County or at pool parties at our house. We will never forget you and you will remain in our hearts forever. Till we meet again Ray Ray!

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