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Raymond Ray Ross

March 9, 1939 ~ April 18, 2019 (age 80)
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Raymond Ross was born on March 9, 1939, in Marquez, Texas (Leon County). He transitioned to eternity with his Lord on April 18, 2019, in Dallas, Texas.

Raymond graduated high school and moved to Dallas in the 1960s. He pursued a career in commercial driving and enjoyed employment at various companies, including Dr. Pepper and Peerless. After many years of service, Raymond retired in 1992.

Raymond married the love of his life, Phyllis, on January 15, 1965. The two remained united for more than 50 years until Phyllis's transition on June 16, 2015. He was blessed with two daughters, and he lovingly helped nurture his nieces and nephews upon his brother-in-law's transition at a young age. Along with his sister, Ruby, he was one of the first to settle in the Hamilton Park community, the first suburban development for African-American middle-class families in Dallas. Raymond was a longtime member of First Baptist Church of Hamilton Park and the Hamilton Park Civic League. 

Among many hobbies, Raymond enjoyed playing pool. He also enjoyed sports - basketball, baseball, and football. His favorites were the Golden State Warriors and Pittsburgh Steelers. A quiet soul with a big heart, Raymond was a loving, funny, caring, supportive, and gentle spirit who will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, Louis Ross, Sr. and Suzanna West Ross; wife, Phyllis Ross; grandson, Blake Boone; two sisters; and six brothers. Those left to cherish precious memories include his daughter, Rhonda Ross-Boone (Russell); daughter, Leta Collier Ross; grandson, Ross Anthony Boone; special nieces and nephews he loved and nurtured throughout life: Kenneth (Debra), Charles, Ruby Nell, Freddie, Mary (Darin), Lennis, Jr., Leroy (Cheryl), and Deborah; siblings: Vertie Mae, Lurlee, Susie, Lois (James), and Larry (Mary); dear niece, Vertie Tolue Taylor who he affectionately regarded as "Toluekumbook"; as well as a host of beloved nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. 

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