Robert Ray Bagby
December 21, 1919 – May 21, 2014
Robert Ray Bagby was born in Humble, Texas on December 21, 1919, the son of Edna Nathalie Hebert Bagby and John Bennet Bagby. He is predeceased by his beloved wife Virginia (Gin), and sisters, Lilly Mae, Elra, and brothers Bennett, and Donald. As a young boy, Ray was a boy scout, and a member of the Methodist Church in Humble. Ray graduated from Humble High School at the age of sixteen and went on to work various jobs, one as a wild catter for the Sun Oil Company, along with his father, John Bennet Bagby. Ray joined the service during World War II and served as an accounting officer from 1942 until 1946. He met Virginia Barbee in Humble, Texas and they were married there on February 21, 1945. They moved to Huntsville in 1947 where they were lifelong residents. Ray graduated from Sam Houston State University with a degree in accounting and went on to work for the State of Texas as one of their chief auditors for thirty one years. Ray retired from the State and worked as an auditor for Sam Houston State University for several years before being appointed County Auditor, Walker County Texas. He provided private Financial and Tax services for individuals and several corporations local to Huntsville. He continued to work privately after his retirement from the County until his move to Edmond Oklahoma in 2008. Ray and Gin raised three children in Huntsville, James Bagby, Carol Bagby and Jeff Bagby. The majority of their 66 year marriage was spent in Huntsville which they considered ‘home’. Ray was known about town and enjoyed his relationships with friends and businesses. After their move to Edmond in 2008, Gin and Ray resided at Tealridge Retirement and then Tealridge Assisted Living where Ray became known as “Bingo Bagby”, never a gambling man… later in life, he enjoyed “winning” often and well. A devoted husband, father and grandfather, Ray was passionate and dedicated to family. His grandchildren were special treasures. He was also passionate about the Texas Rangers and the Astros. He loved a good “western” and a good ball game. He was a favorite at Tealridge, always greeting residents and staff with a smile and handshake. He cherished his lifelong friends and his recent acquaintances. A stickler for details at work and in his own life, Ray brought integrity to his business ventures and was a constant in guiding family and friends. An excellent hand holder, he was also champion of his children and their aspirations, always encouraging. An optimist at heart, Ray lived his life believing the best in everyone. If Ray “had your back” you need not worry. Ray loved life. He loved people. He will be missed where he walked. Ray leaves three children, James Bagby of Edmond Oklahoma, Jeff Bagby of Navasota, Texas and Carol Gracco McClure of Orange, Connecticut. Gin and Ray have 6 grandchildren, Scott Bagby of The Netherlands, Richard Bagby of Edmond, Ok. Ryan Bagby of Grand Lake Oklahoma, Genny Drash of Atlanta, Ga. Lauren Sumrall of Atlanta and Michael Gracco of New York City, two step grandchildren, Daniel and Erin Smith of Edmond, Okla. and Chicago, 7 great grandchildren, Mia and Sophia Bagby of Grand Lake Oklahoma, Emma and Billly Drash of Atlanta and Paxton, Carson, and Hayden Sumrall of Atlanta, Christian and Savanah Bagby of Edmond, Ok. Graveside services will be 3:30pm Tuesday May 27, 2014 at Brookside Memorial Park in Houston, Texas. Services are under the direction of Matthews Funeral Home and Cremation Services.