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Thomas Ray Green, age 78 of Forest City died on Thursday, September 14, 2023, at his home following a sudden illness. Ray was born on July 11,1945, in Rutherford County and was a son of the late Grover Crayton Green and Grace Brindle Green.
He graduated in the first class at East Rutherford High School in 1963. Following graduation, he enlisted in the United States Navy and served his country in Vietnam. After completing his military service, Ray continued his education at Isothermal Community College graduating in 1971 with an Associate degree and then he earned a Bachelors degree in Business from Garder-Webb College graduating in 1974.
Ray began his career working for Kimbrell’s Furniture in Forest City as the store’s Assistant manager. He later became manager and held that position for 32 years. Ray worked his entire career with Kimbrell’s, retiring in 2010.
He was a faithful member of Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church, and he was very involved in the business and civic community of Forest City. He was a member of the Forest City Kiwanis Club where he had served as President, Secretary and Treasurer and was named the Kiwanis Citizen of the Year. Ray had 47 years perfect attendance in the Forest City Club.
He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Donna Robbins Green, his daughter, Tonya Dedmon of Spindale, his sons, Ryan Green and wife Jessica of Forest City and Regan Green and wife Jennifer of Greer, South Carolina, his brothers, Joel Green of Mooresboro and Jeff Green of Forest City, and his much-loved grandchildren, A.J. Haulk, Jaxx Green, Kolton Green, and Camden Green.
A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held at 11 o’clock on Monday, September 18, 2023, in The Padgett and King Chapel with the Reverend Matt Mills and Reverend Pat Jobe officiating. Military Honors will be accorded by the Rutherford County Honor Guard on the lawn of the chapel. The family will receive friends following the memorial service at the mortuary.
Because of his love of Forest City and the community, memorials in his memory may be made to the Forest City Kiwanis Club, c/o Rick Reed, 249 W.T. Wilkins Road, Rutherfordton, North Carolina 28139.
The Padgett and King Mortuary and Crematory is in charge of arrangements and an online guest registry is available at www.padgettking.com