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Funeral for Fallen Guardsman on Tuesday

Posted March 31, 2008

— Funeral services are scheduled Tuesday for Sgt. Thomas C. Ray, one of two members of the North Carolina Army National Guard killed in action in Iraq on March 22.

Ray, 40, of Weaverville, and Sgt. David Blake Williams, 26, of Tarboro, died when an improvised explosive device (IED) detonated during his patrol north of Baghdad. Ray was a member of the 1132nd Military Police Company, headquartered in Rocky Mount, conducting operations near Baghdad.

Ray's funeral will be held at 10 a.m. at West Funeral Home, 17 Merrimon Ave. in Weaverville. He will be buried with full military honors at the Western North Carolina Veterans Cemetery in Black Mountain.

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  • luckyladybug238 Apr 2, 2008

    God Bless Sgt Ray and his family. He was fighting alongside of my very own family members and friends in the 1132nd MP Company. My thoughts and prayers are with his family, as well as the families of the other Guardsmen who lost their lives in this attack.
    -A. Pipkin