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Ray C. Vess

November 3, 1940 ~ February 10, 2021 (age 80)

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Ray C. Vess, age 80, of Old Fort, NC passed away Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at Mission Hospital McDowell.


Ray was born November 3, 1940 in McDowell County, NC to the late Columbus Roland Vess and Rachel McEntire Vess Gilliam.  He was active in First Baptist Church of Old Fort and made a living as an auto mechanic.  He loved cars and enjoyed his time on the road,  whether it be four wheeling in the mountains and woods, or taking trips to the beach.  He always enjoyed the drive, and never met a stranger.  He was quick to tell a story and loved spending time with friends.  Ray’s favorite hobbies were fishing and photography.  He especially loved spending time with his grandchildren. 


In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Joan Hogan Vess. 


Those left behind to cherish Ray’s memory are three daughters, Tracy Walker (Gary) of Marion, NC, Terri Fisher (Matthew) of Cary, NC and Toni Hetzel (Rick) of Decatur, GA; one brother, Hugh Vess (Margaret) of Nebo, NC; eight grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, friends and other relatives.


Ray will lie in state from 9:00 am until 3:00 pm on Saturday, February 13, 2021 at Westmoreland Funeral Home in Old Fort.  A graveside service to celebrate Ray’s life will be held at 2:00 pm on Sunday, February 14, 2021 at Bethlehem Community Cemetery with Pastor Drew Dalton officiating. 


In lieu of flowers, those wishing to make a donation in Ray’s memory are asked to consider First Baptist Church of Old Fort, 203 E. Main St, Old Fort, NC 28762 or Bethlehem Community Cemetery, C/O Bob Smith, 656 Old Fort Sugar Hill Road, Old Fort, NC 28762.



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Graveside Service
February 14, 2021

2:00 PM
Bethlehem Community Cemetery
3008 Old Fort Sugar Hill Road
Old Fort, North Carolina 28762


First Baptist Church of Old Fort
203 E. Main Street, Old Fort NC 28762

Bethlehem Community Cemetery
C/O Bob Smith, 656 Old Fort Sugar Hill Road, Old Fort NC 28762

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