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Charles "ray" Christopher

Charles "Ray" Christopher, age 88, of The Lakes in Paducah died Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at the Ray and Kay Eckstein Hospice Center in Paducah. Born the son of the late Walter Christopher and the late Mary Belle Cassitty Christopher. He was a switchman for P&L Railroad. He was a 1948 graduate of Paducah Tilghman High School and a member of the 1947 Paducah Tilghman football team that went undefeated. He was a deacon at Grace Baptist Church. He was also a medic in the Korean War, having served in the United States Army.

Funeral services will be 1:00 p.m. Thursday, May 4, 2017 at Keeling & Goodman Funeral Home in Paducah with Pastor C.W. Barnhill officiating. Burial will follow in Woodlawn Memorial Gardens in Paducah with military honors given. Visitation will be Thursday, May 4, 2017 from 11:00 a.m. until the funeral hour. Keeling & Goodman Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

He is survived by three step-sons: Roy Nichols, Paul Nichols, and Richard Nichols; eleven grandchildren and several great grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife: Opal Christopher (d.2015); two step-sons: Phillip Nichols and Jerry Nichols; three brothers: Edwin Christopher, Oliver Christopher, and Howard Christopher; three sisters: Mayme Chappel, Amy Timmons, and Ruby Hall.

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 My Uncle Ray, I am so happy you are finally Home and no longer feeling out of place, lonely or in pain! For all those you leave behind I send my sincere condolences, for all those you join I send my greetings! Until we meet again, Love always, Sharon 

sharon beckman May 5 2017 12:00 AM

 Uncle Ray, You always struck me as such great man to know! Your kindness and humor I will always remember! I am sorry for those you leave behind you as I know you will be greatly missed! I know you will enjoy seeing your loved ones again, so I am happy for you! 

Malcolm Ludwig May 5 2017 12:00 AM

 Uncle Ray, You will be missed so much by the many whose lives you touched and made better. I will always treasure my memories of your kind and gentle way, your infectious sense of humor, your great love of fishing and Kentucky Basketball! May you rest in Peace with God & your loved Ones who have also passed on. When I get there I'll look for you at the best fishing hole in Heaven, or at a Kentucky game! Your Niece, Barbara 

Barbara McKenna May 5 2017 12:00 AM

 Brother in Law Ray...you were a Wonderful Man, so good to my Sister and all the Family & to Me. I have many fond memories of your trips to visit us. Wish I could have been there to say "Adios" to you. Rest in Peace with Our Heavenly Father and all the loved ones. Your Sister in Law Jean 

Jean Ludwig May 5 2017 12:00 AM

 Uncle Ray, Enjoyed your trips here to Michigan and being able to spend time with you down there in Kentucky with Aunt Opal. You will be missed. Best wishes and prayers to all the family down there. 

Michael Ludwig May 4 2017 12:00 AM

 Dear Family, I am so sorry for your loss. Being a caregiver for my mother, I am sorry that I cannot attend the funeral today. Billy will be there. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Ray was a kind and wonderful man and we loved him very much. He is with our Lord now and with his loved ones. 

Billy & Carolyn McCoil May 4 2017 12:00 AM

 Dear Family & Friends of Ray Christopher, May every consolation and blessing be granted to each of you in your deep sorrow. My condolences and sincere sympathy, David 'Herb' Estes 

David ''Herb'' Estes May 4 2017 12:00 AM