Raymond Temple "Ray" Garland, Jr., of Pauls Valley, was born January 8, 1952, in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma, to Raymond Temple and Pauline (Scott) Garland.
He passed away October 25, 2012, at his home in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma, surrounded by his family at the age of 60 years.
He was raised in Pauls Valley and attended Pauls Valley schools. Following high school he began working as a Cementer for Halliburton Energy Services for nine years and later for Exxon Mobil from 1981 until his retirement in 2007 as a Pumper Technician. He lived in various towns including Duncan and Perryton, Texas. Ray and Lee Ann Hysell met in Perryton and were married there on July 24, 1974. Ray was a member of the American Angus Association and was named to the association's Pathfinder Report of top producers in 2003.
While working for Exxon Mobil he received an accommodation for bravery for saving a co-worker's life while in a confined space.
After retiring his wife and he enjoyed playing golf and traveling as well as playing the guitar and banjo. He especially loved and enjoyed his grandchildren. He also enjoyed fishing and teaching his daughters and even his brothers how to bait hooks and fish.
Ray was preceded in death by his father, Raymond Temple Garland; a daughter, Jeanette Raquel Garland; grandparents, Ben Temple and Bertha Garland.
Surviving family include his wife of 37 years, Lee Ann Garland of the home; daughter, Christy Michelle Garland of Berkeley, California; three grandchildren, Axis NeSmith and Athena Rogers, both of Pauls Valley, and Serene Holder of Berkeley, California; his mother, Pauline Wilson of Pauls Valley; sister, Patricia Teluso, of Stockton, California; brothers, Ben Garland and Ken Garland, both of Duncan; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.
Memorials may be sent to the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation (OMRF) at 825 N. E. 13th Street, Oklahoma City, OK 73104 or on-line at www.OMRF.org.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, October 30, 2012, at 10 a.m. at Stufflebean-Coffey Chapel of Remembrance officiated by Rev. Lance Whaley. Interment will be at Mt. Olivet Cemetery under the direction of Stufflebean-Coffey Funeral Home. We invite you to send a message of condolence and view the family's guestbook at www.stufflebeanfuneralhome.com.