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Grady Ray Coble

December 18, 1942 — April 13, 2024

Bear Creek

Grady Ray Coble of Bear Creek went home to be with Jesus on Saturday, April 13, 2024.  He died peacefully at his home surrounded by his family.  He was 81 yrs of age.  

Ray was born December 18, 1942 in Randolph County, to Denson Coble and Myrtle Brown Coble.  He is preceded in death by his parents, his wife of 55 yrs. Genie Russell Coble and one sister, Clara Mae Hammer.

He is survived by his daughter, Annette Willett and her husband, Ryan of Bear Creek, his son, Steven Coble of Bear Creek and his grandchildren, Hayden, Carter, Aaron, Nicholas and Emory; Two sisters, Betty Lou Jones of Bennett, Mildred Tally (Larry) of Bennett and one brother, David Coble (Sandra) of Bennett and many nieces and nephews.

Ray was a life long member of Pleasant Grove Christian Church and served in the National Guard.  He, along with his wife and son, owned and operated Coble Furniture Manufacturing for 30 years.  Ray truly loved his family and his life.  His children and grandchildren were his pride and joy, the glitter in his smile.    He was always quick with a joke, always wore a smile and thoroughly enjoyed making others happy.  He was quite the prankster and loved to laugh.  He never owned up to being the one guilty of letting the air out of Genie’s tires at work when he was trying to court her.  He was always there to rescue her with a pump in hand to fix the tire, and eventually he won her heart.  He was quite the wheeler and dealer.  He used to laugh and tell how he bought and sold the same bull three times in one month, and made a profit with every turn of the bull.  He never met a stranger.  He will be so missed by those he has left behind, but there is comfort and peace in knowing he is now with Jesus, his wife and his family that have gone before him.

Graveside service will be held Thursday, April 18, 2024 at 2pm, at Pleasant Grove Christian Church in Bennett.  Services will be officiated by Reverend Don Edwards and Reverend Darrell Williams.  Visitation will be from 12-2pm on Thursday, April 18, 2024 at the church.  Ray will lie in repose at Smith and Buckner Funeral Home Wednesday, April 17, 2024 from 1 to 5pm.  The family will also be receiving visitors at the home of Ray’s daughter, Annette in Bear Creek.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Pleasant Grove Christian Church Cemetery fund, 5946 Pleasant Grove Church Rd., Bennett, NC, 27208.

Smith and Buckner Funeral Home will be assisting the Coble family.

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