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Halsey Jr., Raymond M. "Ray"

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PRINCETON Raymond M. "Ray" Halsey, Jr., 76, of 120 Ovenbird Circle, Quail Valley, in Princeton died Saturday, January 30, 2010, at Princeton Health Care Center.
Born January 10, 1934 in Mouth of Wilson, Va., he was the son of the late Raymond M. Halsey, Sr. and Georgia Tuggle Halsey.
He was a 1951 graduate of Gary High School (three sport athlete), a 1955 graduate of Concord College (two sport letterman for four years), and was a member of Phi Delta Pi Fraternity at Concord.
Ray was retired from Elliot Realty in Myrtle Beach, S.C., returning to the Princeton area in 2004.   Prior to moving to Myrtle Beach in 1992, he was employed as the first full time Director of Princeton Mercer County Chamber of Commerce and was the manager of the Beckley Raleigh County Chamber of Commerce in Beckley from 1974 to 1977.   He was later employed by Anderson and Anderson Coal Company in Princeton as Business Manager.   He was also an insurance salesman for Citizens Insurance and was owner-operator of Esso Service Station in Princeton.   He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Princeton, Princeton Elks Lodge #1459, Concord College Alumni Association, and Co-founder and first elected President of West Virginia Bass Masters Association.
For many years, Ray officiated football at all levels including WVIAC College and also basketball through the high school level.   He was also a U.S. Army veteran serving from 1956-1959 stationed at Ft. Devens, Mass.   Ray was an avid fisherman and enjoyed all sports including golf, football, basketball and baseball.   He will be remembered for his outgoing personality.   He never met a stranger.
Ray enjoyed his grandchildren, spending time at the old home place in Piney Creek, N.C. and traveling.   He was an avid fan of the Boston Red Sox (favorite player was Ted Williams), WVU Mountaineers and Concord University football.
In addition to his parents, one sister, Betty Halsey Haynes preceded him in death.
Survivors include his wife of fifty-five years, Shirley Jones Halsey of Princeton; two daughters, Deborah Lynn Halsey Matus of Fishers, Ind. and Barbara Jo Halsey Hicks and husband Charlie of Gastonia, N.C.; one son, William Gregory Halsey and wife Sheila Lynn Hill Halsey of Roanoke, Va.; six grandchildren, Justin C. Halsey, Megan D. Halsey, Ryan Puckett, Rachael Puckett, Rusty Hicks and Leslie Hicks; one brother, Jim Halsey of Sparta, N.C.; one sister, Mary Wolferth of Bryn Maur, Pa.; and the wonderful caregivers at Princeton Health Care Center.
In keeping with Ray's wishes, the body has been cremated.
A celebration of Ray Halsey's life will be conducted at 3:00 p.m., Saturday, February 6, 2010 at the George W. Seaver Chapel of Seaver Funeral Home in Princeton with the Reverend T.G. Ayers officiating.
Friends may call at the funeral home from 2:00 p.m. until the service hour on Saturday.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 304, Princeton, WV 24740, or to the Concord University Mountain Lion Club, P.O. Box 1000, ATTN: Mountain Lion Club, Athens, WV 24712.
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Seaver Funeral Home in Princeton is serving the Halsey family.
Published in the Bluefield Daily Telegraph on 2/3/2010