Ray Bland

Ray Bland

Wednesday, April 13th, 1938 - Wednesday, July 22nd, 2020
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George Rayford (Ray) Bland, 82 of Crane, died peacefully in his sleep at home on Wednesday, July 22, 2020. Ray was blessed with good health, and it continued right up to his passing.

Ray was born as George Rayford Bland on April 13, 1938, in Oxford, MS, to Fred and Clister Jo Bland. After high school, he moved to Andrews, TX. From there, Ray served briefly in the US Army. He returned to Monahans, TX and began his career with Texas Electric. He moved to Crane in 1963 with the Electric Company, where he worked until he retired with 36 years of service.

Ray was an active resident of Crane and was a jack of all trades. He spent time working atop countless telephone poles, served on the Crane Volunteer Fire Department, worked as a jailer, a carpenter, a cook, a ranch hand, and was a proud member of the breakfast club and Masonic Lodge. Ray was well known for his story-telling and insightful expressions.

Ray was preceded in death by his father Fred, his mom, Clister Jo, and his first wife, Evelyn. He is survived by his wife Grace, his son Jim Jones and his wife Kay, his sister Bettie Mann and her husband Archie, grandchildren Alison Hernandez and her husband Marc, Austin Jones and his wife Morgan, nephews Richard Mann and his wife Gretchen, and Kevin Mann along with three great-grandchildren.

A graveside service will be held on Saturday, July 25, 2020, at 10 a.m. at the Crane County Cemetery with Pastor David Evans officiating. Arrangements are under the care of Shaffer-Nichols Funeral Home.

The family welcomes donations to First Baptist Church of Crane as an expression of sympathy in place of flowers.
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Service Details

  • Service

    Saturday, July 25th, 2020 | 10:00am
    Saturday, July 25th, 2020 10:00am
    Crane County Cemetery
    1505 S. Gaston Street
    Crane, Texas 79731
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Pastor David Evans
  • Interment

    Saturday, July 25th, 2020 | 10:00am
    Saturday, July 25th, 2020 10:00am
    Crane County Cemetery
    1505 S Gaston
    Crane, Texas 79731
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


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Charles and Evelyn Stroderelyn

Posted at 05:32pm
Grace and Jim an family--
We are so sorry for your loss. We came to Crane just two years after Ray did, and have known him ever since as a kid, gentle and trustworthy man. Please know that our thoughts an prayers are with you. Charles and Evelyn Stroder

David and Christin Allen

Posted at 03:35pm
Grace , Jim,Kay, Alison and Austin. We are so sorry for you loss...
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Ron Willis

Posted at 10:18am
Grace, I am so sorry to learn of Ray's passing! Y'all were always so kind to Mom. She thought the world of both of you. Randy and I really appreciated that you came to her services. Ray was a very special person and will be missed by many. Our love and prayers for you and the family!
Love you,
Ronnie Willis

Earlene Boyd

Posted at 12:40am
Bill and I were so sad to hear about Ray, we have so many good memories.
God bless, love Earlene Boyd

Teresa B Clark Posted at 09:42pm

Oh Grace, I’m so sorry for your loss. I had just been exchanging stories on Facebook as we have for several years. He was a gentleman and would help anyone in need. Heaven has gained another angel.

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