May 9, 1962 - Dec 9, 2016
Efferian Raynard (Ray) Thames, age 54, was lovingly welcomed into the arms of our Lord on Friday, December 9, 2016. During his childhood years their family lived in several different States and in Germany. In 1975, the family settled in Stockton, California where Ray attended Stockton Junior High School and graduated from St. Mary’s High School. Ray attended Washington State University for one year, received a basketball scholarship from Lewis and Clark State University in Lewiston, Idaho and graduated in 1985 with a BA degree in Criminal Justice. In 2012, Ray retired from the Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation as a Parole Agent 3 after a 28-year career. Ray’s love for his family was unconditional but he was also a mentor to countless young men and women. Ray is survived by his wife, Anjanette Thames, his two sons, Xavier and Malik Thames, mother, Mozel Thames, father and step-mother, Henry and Marie Thames, sister, Stephanie Thames, aunt, Margaret Martin and a host of family members and friends. The viewing is scheduled for Sunday, December 18, 2016, from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm at East Lawn Elk Grove Memorial Park & Mortuary, 9189 E. Stockton Blvd., Elk Grove, CA. The funeral is scheduled for Monday, December 19, 2016, at Harvest Church, 10385 E. Stockton Blvd., Elk Grove, CA.