Longtime Jasper doctor dies at 83
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Dr. Robert Ray, who devoted 50 years of his life serving the people of Walker County at clinics in Jasper, Sipsey and Oakman, died Monday. He was 83.

Ray practiced at the UMWA Jackson Clinic for 22 years.

He was on the board of directors for the former Community Hospital and was among the founders of the present-day Walker Baptist Medical Center.

Ray also helped organize the Arc of Walker County and served on the advisory board for the area’s Head Start program.

Ray went on several medical mission trips to Honduras and Mexico as well.

He was board-certified in pediatrics and was adamant about pursuing his Continuing Medical Education into his 80s. He officially retired two years ago.

Ray, a native of Mantachie, Miss., was a member of the first graduating class of Itawamba Community College. He was also a graduate of Mississippi College and Vanderbilt School of Medicine.

Ray completed his internship at Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids, Mich. where he met his wife of 57 years, Hilda. He was a member of New Prospect Baptist Church as well as the Jasper Lions Club and was also a veteran of the U.S. Army.

Among his many interests were birdwatching, flying and gardening.

Funeral services for Ray will be held Saturday, March 30, at 3 p.m. at Kilgore-Green Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to Hope Clinic, 1600 Fifth Ave. South, Jasper, Ala. 35501.