Centenary United Methodist Church
646 W. Fifth Street, Winston-Salem, NC
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Apr 07, 1926 - May 16, 2017
Raymond Anderson Blevins Jr, 91, of Winston-Salem, passed away peacefully at his home May 16, 2017.
Ray was born in Bristol, Virginia, on April 7, 1926, to the late Raymond Anderson Blevins, Sr., and Hattie Susong Blevins. He served in the US Navy from 1944 to 1946. He attended the University of the South at Sewanee; the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; and graduated from the University of Tennessee with a BS in Business. He started his career at R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company in the Sales Department, and later held executive positions in marketing research and marketing planning. Ray was a pioneer and innovator, and was instrumental in the introduction of the Salem cigarette brand. He was president of Lane Services, a subsidiary of RJR. After his retirement in 1983, he worked for No Nonsense Fashion, Inc., and E.G. Forrest Company.
Ray was a dedicated and faithful member of Centenary United Methodist Church, where he served on the Child Center Board and the Staff Parrish and Finance Committees. He was very proud of his role in bringing the first computers to the church. Ray was a passionate golfer and served on the board at Forsyth Country Club. He was generous with his time and talents and loved to help others.
Ray was preceded in death by his wife, Suzanne Dawson Blevins, and his brother, Charles Hunter Blevins, and is survived by his three daughters: Rebecca Anne Blevins, Barbara Dawson Blevins, and Betty Blevins Thomerson (Tim); five grandchildren: Miles Alexander Bumgardner and Julian Mitchell Bumgardner, Melissa Byars Thomerson, Bradley Richard Thomerson, all of Winston-Salem, and Suzie Thomerson Lee (Chris),of Natchitoches, Louisiana; a brother, Mack Byars Blevins; and a host of nieces and nephews.
The family would like to thank the staff of Hospice & Palliative Carecenter for their extraordinary care and support. The family would especially like to thank Ray’s kind, devoted caregiver and cherished friend, Scott Huber.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider a donation to The Centenary Fund - Centenary United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 658, Winston-Salem, NC 27102; Hospice and Palliative Carecenter, 101 Hospice Lane, Winston-Salem, NC, 27103; or a charity of your choice.
A funeral service will be held Tuesday, May 23, 2017, at 2:00 pm at Centenary United Methodist Church, 646 W. Fifth Street, Winston-Salem, NC, with the Reverend Craig Ford officiating. The family will receive guests following the service at their home on 603 Lankashire Road, Winston-Salem, NC 27106.
Online condolences may be sent to www.salemfh.com.
J. B. Edwards
My sincere Sympathy to Becky, Betty and Barbara. This entire family has and will be part of my life. I cherish all the memories.
From the time we spent working together at RJR to the many times we played golf at FCC,Ray was gentleman and a friend who I will miss.
Barbara, One of the most enjoyable nights I have ever spent was the dinner you, Betsy, Ray-Man and I had at Paul's. He was a lucky man...a great wife and 3 attentive, adoring daughters. I am so sorry Betsy and I will be baby-sitting in Wilmington-that is what grand parents do! The Board Room at Forsyth will never be the same!
Tina Ketchie Stearns
What a lovely obituary you wrote about your sweet Dad. I look forward to seeing all 3 of you lovely ladies tomorrow and giving you a hug. He was lucky to have you as his loving daughters. I am also very glad to know that Hospice & Palliative CareCenter was able to support you during this difficult time. Thank you for suggesting donations to HPCC. We truly appreciate that. Tina