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Ray Sooter
Funeral Services will be Saturday, June 2, 2018

(05/30/18 Insider Obituary Archives) - Ray Sooter, 87, Halfway, passed away Monday, May 28, 2018 in Lubbock. He was born January 25, 1931 in Posey, Texas to Claude Sooter I and Eunice Crone Sooter.

Ray graduated from Cooper High School in 1948. He was the Captain of the varsity football and basketball teams. He married Inez Rainey September 1, 1950 in Lubbock. Ray and Inez moved to Plainview in 1969, and then moved to Halfway in 1975, where they have remained the last 43 years. He was a hard worker who began work at 17 years of age at Barrett’s Automotive in Plainview. He then was part owner at Emberton Supply in Halfway, and also was the caretaker for the Halfway Cemetery for many years. Ray loved children, and that was apparent in his involvement in coaching Little League, traveling to watch high school games, and in how he kept a shelf of toys at his home readily available for the children to play with. He was also an avid fan of Wayland Baptist University sports, especially the Flying Queens and the Lady Bulldogs. Ray was a busy man who never knew idleness. When he wasn't working, he was tending to his garden, or crafting something out of wood. He was well known for his tomatoes he grew, which he generously shared with local shut-ins and friends. He was a caregiver, and often sat with the sick at hospitals, and anytime anyone needed anything, Ray was the man to call. He and his wife renovated their home from an old church, and even renovated a school bus into a camper which the family made many fond memories in. He was strong in his Faith, and attended Garland Street Church of Christ where he and Inez were very active in the youth group. The hosted many youth devotionals in their home, and attended the "Hilltoppers" group at the church. Ray also enjoyed deer hunting, and playing Liverpool Rummy and 42 with family and friends.

Ray is survived by his wife of 67 years, Inez Sooter of Plainview; a daughter, Shan Gill and husband Danny of Ft. Worth; a son, Randy Sooter and Jamie of Ft. Worth; three grandchildren, Brian Gill and wife Lindsey, Duncan Gill and wife/Kerrie, all of Ft. Worth, and Rachel Gulley and husband Taylor of Oklahoma City, OK; four great grandchildren, Cooper Gill, Liam Gill, Lily Gill and Ginny Gulley; two brothers, Charles Sooter and wife Jannette of Amarillo, and David Sooter and wife Onieta of Ft. Worth; a sister, Patsy Herring and husband Dee of Amarillo; two sister in laws, Chris Sooter of Lubbock and Francis Sooter of Amarillo; and a host of nieces, nephews, and other extended family members and friends. Waiting for him in Heaven were his parents; two sons, Claude Sooter II and Monty Sooter; and three brothers, Gene Sooter, Wayne Sooter, and Jimmy Sooter; and a sister, Jennette Sooter.

Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m., Saturday, June 2, 2018 at Garland Street Church of Christ in Plainview with Jackie Qualls and Kevin Igo officiating. Interment will follow in Halfway Cemetery. The family will receive friends Friday evening from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m., at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to the Halfway Cemetery or Garland Street Church of Christ Youth. Arrangements are under the personal direction of Ramage Funeral Directors in Olton.

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