Ray Bodle Sr. passed away peacefully on October 29, 2021. He was born on October 15, 1952 to his parents, William Edward Bodle Sr. and Dora Elizabeth Crisler-Bodle in Port Arthur, Texas. Though the family is saddened by their loss, they find comfort in knowing he has joined his Lord and Savior in the Eternal Kingdom of Heaven.
Ray will be lovingly remembered for his hard work ethic, strong values, as well as his caring and compassionate soul. He was a man of determination and strong will. Ray had many skills and worked years for Chevron, at Mead-Westvaco as a process operator and team leader, and as an educator for Silsbee and Colmesneil ISD to name a few. Ray enjoyed and found solace in the outdoors fishing and hunting when he could. It was in nature where he truly felt peace. It was where he spoke and felt closest to his Lord Almighty. Ray attended North Hardin Baptist Church and was a member of the Snow River Lodge #385, AF&AM. He also enjoyed reading western novels, taking care of his animals, and spending time with family. If you asked Ray about his greatest accomplishment from his career, roads traveled, and all of life’s experiences; he would say it was being a loving husband, a proud father, and true friend. He never gave up. He never gave in. He is only passing into the next step of his journey.
Ray is survived by his wife, Mona Harrell-Bodle; his daughters, Victoria Bodle and Raelynn Blacketer; his son, Ray Bodle Jr.; his grandchildren, Devin Bodle, Katelyn Hunter, Kassidy Winfield, Madison Bodle, Carson Dugger, Braetin Guidry, Kylan Blacketer, and Chloe Bodle; his sisters, Leora Hebert, Doris Nelson, and Linda Gary; his brother, Henry Bodle; his numerous nieces and nephews; along with other loving family members and dear friends.
Ray is preceded in death by his parents and brothers, William Bodle Jr. and Fredrick Obenchain.
Funeral Services will be held at 1PM Friday, November 5, 2021, at Farmer Funeral Home with a committal service to follow at Franks Branch Cemetery. Visitation will be held Thursday evening from 5-8pm. The family kindly encourages and greatly appreciates masks and social distancing during visitation and service times.