Patricia Ann Gant Ray was born January 1, 1951 in Walterboro, S.C. She is the daughter of the late Walter and Catherine Gant.
She was educated in the school district of Colleton County. She attended Colleton High School and graduated in May of 1969. While attending Colleton High School, she was a high-stepping majorette for the Wolverines. She furthered her education by receiving an Associates Degree from Palmer Business School of Charleston.
Patricia was a dedicated employee of the Colleton County School District until she retired.
She joined Mt. Zion AME Church at an early age. She was a former YPD’er, Steward and Church Treasurer, a member of Stewardess Board #4, and presently serving as President of the Gospel Choir.
Patricia was joined in holy matrimony to Jimmie Ray.
She leaves to cherish her memories, her devoted and loving husband of 49 years, Jimmie Ray; one daughter, Stacie (Cleve) Taylor of Austell, GA; two grandchildren: Stephan and Cameran Taylor; five siblings: Walter Gant, Jr., Nathaniel (Cynthia) Gant, Terry L. Gant, Barbara Gant Simmons, Michael Gant - all of Walterboro, SC; and Mark Gant of Goose Creek, SC; one sister-in-law, Lucille Bethea, one former sister-in-law, Suzanne Gant; five aunts: Lillian (Rev. William) Robinson, Hattie (Arthur Lee) Chisolm, Vivian McWilliams, Flora Bouges, and Earline Glover; four uncles: Bernard Gadsden, Elijah Gadsden, Herman (Felicia) Gadsden, and Jasper (Patricia) Gadsden; as well as several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Special mention to Sarah Coaxum Goff, Barbara Harley, Barbara Logan, Betty Massey, Queen Taylor, and Mary Washington.
Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. And whether I go ye know, and the way ye know. John 14 1-4
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