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E. Ray Etheridge

Posted By obits On March 7, 2020 @ 8:36 am In Elizabeth City,Obituaries | 20 Comments

Elmer Ray Etheridge, age 90, of Shawboro, NC went to be with the Lord Friday, March 6, 2020 at Chesapeake Medical Center. Mr. Etheridge was born April 27, 1929 in Currituck County to the late Horace Doc Etheridge, Sr. and Annie Mae Gregory Etheridge. He graduated from Wake Forest University School of Law. He was a retired private practice attorney in Elizabeth City and served as the Prosecuting Attorney for Camden County for years. He served in the U.S. Army, being stationed in Germany. He was a member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans and the Hall Masonic Lodge 53 AF & AM. A historian and genealogist, he was an enthusiast of all things related to the War Between the States.

He is survived by a brother, Fred G. Etheridge and wife Mary “Kitty” of Shawboro, NC; niece and caregiver, Mary E. Wallace and husband Kenneth of Shiloh, NC; niece, Katherine E. Jenkins and husband Josh of Clayton, NC; great nieces, Mary Elizabeth Wallace and Lily Jenkins; and great-nephew, Kenneth Nathaniel Wallace.

A funeral service will be held Sunday, March 8, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. at Shiloh Baptist Church with the Rev. Billy Royal officiating. Burial will be at the family cemetery in Shawboro, NC. The family will receive friends at his brother’s home, 846 Shawboro Road, Shawboro, NC and immediately following the service in the church fellowship hall. Memorial donations may be made to Shiloh Baptist Church Building and Grounds Fund, PO Box 31, Shiloh, NC 27974. Twiford Funeral Home, Memorial Chapel, 405 East Church Street, Elizabeth City, NC is serving the Etheridge family. You may express condolences to the family by visiting www.TwifordFH.com.

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Condolence from Earl Rountree on March 7th, 2020 9:25 am

My first remembrance of Ray. Back about forty years ago I got a call from a lawyer named Ray Etheridge. It seems that a member of the NCSU extension service wanted to sue Ablemarle Academy over the schools Pork Fest. It made no sense why this individual was so upset. I told Ray I would make some calls and see if could put a stop to this. The individual involved came to my house and apologized! I told this individual not to apologize to me but apologize to Ablemarle Academy which he did. After that, Ray and I were on the same side many times.

Condolence from Joyce Banks Harris on March 7th, 2020 10:40 am

Sending prayers to the family during this time. Ray was known by many in his community. There are many memories to share with your family. Joyce Banks Harris

Condolence from Joe and Wanda Forbes J on March 7th, 2020 11:05 am

So sorry to hear of of Ray’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with the whole family.
Joe and Wanda Forbes

Condolence from Paul Perkins on March 7th, 2020 3:07 pm

I had the pleasure of meeting Ray Etheridge with my wife and daughter at his home in Shawboro. An amazing man. The house is amazing. He gave us the grand tour and we spent hours talking about genealogy as the Perkins family from which I am descended once owned the “Twin Houses”. My condolences to his family. Paul C. Perkins. May Ray rest in peace. paulyperk@gmail.com.

Condolence from Allan and Ann McPherson on March 7th, 2020 8:51 pm

To the Family,
WOW what a legacy, what a family !! Ray certainly had a full life.
It’s always so hard to loose a loved one, but when you can look at
the life Ray had, both publicly and privately it’s not hard to see he
was blessed in many ways.
May God bless you all as you adjust to this change, the loss of a
brother, brother-in-law, Uncle, Great Uncle and friend.
You are in our prayers,
Allan and Ann

Condolence from Christy W.Docsh on March 7th, 2020 10:13 pm

Gosh! I remember sitting under Uncle Ray’s house and feeling like part of the Underground Railroad! I remember the wasps upstairs. He was always kind and I liked him a lot. I’m sorry, Mr. Fred and Miss Kitty, that he has left this earth but what a glorious home he has tonight! Bet he and Mom have some stories to share. ❤️

Condolence from Peggy Kight on March 8th, 2020 1:43 am

My sympathies to all of Ray’s family. He knew all the history of the war between the states. Ray will be missed by so many. My thoughts and prayers are with each of you.


Condolence from Diane & Clyde Ferebee on March 8th, 2020 4:52 am

Kitty & Fred… CLyde and I are so sorry for your loss of Ray… May the Lord’s Blessings be upon you and bring you Peace and Comfort… Prayers for you and your Family
Diane and Clyde Ferebee

Condolence from Dorothy Grimes Owens on March 8th, 2020 7:34 am

My dear family friend and History teacher for over Fifty Years. I will miss you and our conversations. Thoughts and prayers to his family and to his many friends.

Condolence from Tammie Krauss on March 8th, 2020 10:35 am

Mr. Etheridge was always a pleasure to be around. I will miss his visits. Prayers of strength to his family.

Condolence from Charles Mahaffey II on March 8th, 2020 1:32 pm

Our family’s thoughts and prayers are with Ray’s family during this difficult time. He had a great and positive impact on the community. Mr. Etheridge was a great guy to be missed by many.

Condolence from Steve Dail on March 8th, 2020 2:59 pm

On behalf of the Dail family, my most sincere expression of sympathy to the Etheridge family in your loss. Ray was a long time friend of our family for years. He was such a good friend to my parents and got to know all of us by visiting them weekly. We considered Ray a family member and knew he would do anything he could to help any of us. Like others have said he was an expert on the War between the states and I enjoyed many a time talking with him on this subject and his second love, politics. He will be sorely missed. Our prayers go out to the family.

Condolence from Francis & Kathy Pugh on March 8th, 2020 7:52 pm

Fred and Family: We are so sorry for your loss. Mr. Ray was a fun person to talk to whether it be business, as a friend or politics. I think he was a kind person. He always ask how our family was doing. May God bless each of you and we will be praying for you.

Condolence from Heather Colson on March 8th, 2020 10:02 pm

He was a very nice man. He touched my heart and he made the world a better place.

Condolence from Alex Christopher Meekins on March 9th, 2020 7:27 am

My condolences to his family. Mr. Etheridge was a treasure. He was passionate about local history and loved to share it with everyone. It is amazing what you could learn in an afternoon with him. I was blessed to spend a couple with him and will cherish those lessons.

Condolence from Wendy Forbes Overton on March 9th, 2020 8:45 pm

So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Wendy, Bryan, Will, and Wes

Condolence from Bob Jones on March 9th, 2020 8:49 pm

Many great memories and conversations with Ray. He was one of a kind. My condolences to his family.

Condolence from Robert Romm on March 10th, 2020 8:52 pm

My grandmother called Ray Etheridge 14 years ago to get assistance in tracing lineage for Sons of Confederate Veterans. She considered him a close family friend and spoke often with him. He was very kind and took me to the meetings at the old Topside in Shiloh. I considered Mr. Etheridge a great friend and mentor. His depth of knowledge about local Civil War history was unprecedented. He was pivotal in maintaining a great deal of our local heritage. He will be greatly missed. I am sure my grandmother and he are discussing Currituck history in heaven.

Condolence from Diane Patrck West on March 18th, 2020 3:03 pm

Fred and family. I just learned of Ray’s death. I am so sorry. He was a special person. Your Mother and my mother were such good friends and we all thought so much of your family. Our prayers are with you all. Love, Diane Patrick West

Condolence from Dennis Pettas on June 9th, 2020 9:41 am

I offer my sincere condolences to my old friend Ray’s family. I met Ray at the Barnes and Noble bookstore on Greenbrier back in the late 90’s and we became good friends. I helped Ray set up his first computer and spent time with him at this beautiful home. Later when my first son arrived, Ray was like an adopted Grandfather to him. He was a good man and will be missed. The video brought a tear to me eye.

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