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Donald Ray Ramsey

February 21, 1940 January 10, 2020
Donald Ray Ramsey
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Obituary for Donald Ray Ramsey

Donald Ray Ramsey, 79, passed on January 10, surrounded by loved ones at the Peyton Hospice House in Fairlea, WV.

He was preceded in death by his father, James A. Ramsey, mother, Vada Petry Ramsey, brother, James V. Ramsey and sister, Gladys Ramsey Higgins.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Harrietta Ramsey; son, Michael S. Ramsey and his wife Lara Elizabeth Ramsey; daughter, Carmella Ramsey and her husband Kenneth Vaughan; sisters Carolyn Bradshaw and her husband Noah Bradshaw; Kathy Ramsey; and sister-in-law, Doreen Ramsey. He leaves behind his four wonderful grandchildren, Velvet Vaughan, Talia Vaughan, Gianna Vaughan and Benjamin Ramsey, along with many adored nieces and nephews.

Don (Buntin) was born in Winona, WV. He grew up in Lookout and was a 1958 graduate of Nuttall High School where he excelled in English. As a young man he developed passions for auto mechanics and music and excelled in both. He married in 1964 and moved to Rainelle where he lived until his death. He was the service manager for Boley/Center Chevrolet for more than 25 years and also worked as a machinist for the Chessie System Railroad for five years. His love for music led him to play guitar for the Crownsmen Quartet. He then started The Country Gospel Singers with his wife, Harrietta, sister, Kathy, brother, Jim and friend Tig Wenger. He and his wife became lifelong duet partners and sang together in their next two bands Forever Bluegrass and Family Heritage. His son and daughter both carry on his musical legacy. His incredible compassion, humor and wit will be missed by all who loved him.

There will be a musical tribute at a later date.


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