ROCKPORT — Ray Davis Brashears was born to Virgil Jessie and Isla Roberta Brashears in Weatherford, Texas, on Feb. 12, 1928. Ray passed away on April 20, 2013, in San Marcos, Texas.
Ray and his bride, Sylvia Lucille, raised their family in Odessa and Big Spring, Texas. Ray moved up through many positions as a longtime employee of Southwestern Bell Telephone. During his 37-year career, he began on a line crew building toll leads to parts of West Texas. He then became a telephone installer/repairman and later a PBX installer/repairman. In 1974, he moved to Rockport, Texas, to serve as the wire chief for several years. He later took a PBX supervisory position in Corpus Christi.
After his retirement, he started Ray's Contracting and served the gulf coast area for the next 25 years. He loved his hometown of Rockport and made countless friends. He and Lucille were very active in forming and organizing the American Legion Hall in Rockport and were also active in the local GI Forum.
Early in life Ray joined the Navy at the tender of age of 17, was found out to be under age and released from service. When he turned 18, he enlisted again and worked on a sea going tug boat. During his military career he was a part of the A-Bomb testing task force on Bikini Island.
One of Ray’s proudest accomplishments was becoming a 32nd Degree Mason. He later became a Chapter Dad, sponsoring two of his sons in their Demolay Chapter in Big Spring. Two of his sons were involved in Boy Scouts of America and Ray was right there with them. While in West Texas, he and Lucille were members of the local Elks Club and Pioneers of the Telephone. Ray loved people and had a very generous nature about him. Will be greatly missed by his family and those he served for so many years.
Ray was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years; 2-year-old twin brother, Robert Brashears; son, Douglas Kent Brashears; and sister, Betty Nimitz.
Survivors include a daughter, June Mitchell and husband John Mitchell of Rockport, Texas; sons, Rodney Brashears and wife Anne Marie of Rockhill, S.C., and Maxey Brashears and wife Markay Brashears of San Marcos, Texas. His grandchildren include LeeAnn Arnold of Florida, Shane and Jeremy Brashears of South Carolina, Lori Kading, Matthew Brashears and Shelle Roberson of Texas. Included in his life line are eight great-grandchildren, Keely Boren of Michigan, Max and Madeleine Kading, Zachary Roberson of Texas, and Amanda and Ashley Brashears and Faegan and Flynn Brashears, all of South Carolina. Also, he was blessed with two great-great-grandchildren of Michigan, Sky and Kalli Boren.
Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. Wednesday, April 24, 2013, at Charlie Marshall Funeral Chapel, Rockport, Texas. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 25, 2013, under the direction of Charlie Marshall Funeral Home of Rockport, Texas, with a graveside service to follow at Rockport Cemetery.