Ray Thames

May 9, 1962 - Dec 9, 2016

Obituary

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.

Guestbook

  • mike says:

    Angie and family, Please accept my sincere condolences. You and your family are in our thoughts. – Mike Gillispie, and the staff of East Lawn Elk Grove

  • Dorisula (Sue) Hawkins says:

    To Mrs. Mozell Thames Mozell, we were saddened to learn of your son’s demise. Your high school classmates from Booker T. Washington in Mt. Pleasant, Texas, join you in seeing your son in the Loving Arms of Christ Jesus. May he rest in peace; and may you rest in peace knowing that “to be absent from the body, is to be present with the Lord.” Picture him in the loving arms of Jesus. Your classmate, Sue (Wooten Hawkins, Class of 1958)

  • Velta Caldwell Cathey says:

    To Angie, Xavier, and Malik: Know you are in my prayers today and always. Ray was the example of fatherhood at its finest and a role model for relationship goals. His legacy will live on through his sons, as he taught them well. May Ray rest in Heaven and may you find comfort in the great memories you have.

  • Class of 1958, Mt. Pleasant, Texas; Howard Hawkins, President says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Class of 1958, Booker T. Washington High School, Mt. Pleasant, Texas, Howard Hawkins, President

  • Howard Hawkins says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Class of 1958, Booker T. Washington High School, Mt. Pleasant, Texas, Howard Hawkins, President

  • Katherine Renee Caldwell Kennedy says:

    May The Holy Spirit strengthen you during your time of sorrow and passing of Ray into the arms of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I knew Ray vicariously through Xavier, Cheyenne and Velta to be a man of honor, principle and family. May his legacy of integrity live on through the lives of those he touched.

  • Keith, Sibyl and Brooks Stanberry says:

    To Angie, Xavier, Malik and Mozelle: You all are in our prayers and thoughts. If there is anything that you need, we are here. Ray was a wonderful father, friend, brother, son and husband. He could light up any day with that great smile. There are no words to ease your pain right now, just know that Ray is fine, he is resting with the angels…he will always be with you. Just close your eyes and you will hear him. We love you guys.

  • Keith, Sibyl and Brooks Stanberry says:

    “To Angie, Xavier, Malik and Mozelle: You all are in our prayers and thoughts. If there is anything that you need, we are here. Ray was a wonderful father, friend, brother, son and husband. He could light up any day with that great smile. There are no words to ease your pain right now, just know that Ray is fine, he is resting with the angels…he will always be with you. Just close your eyes and you will hear him. We love you guys. “

  • Rodney, Michelle and Rodrick Hylton says:

    To Angie, Xavier & Malik – You’ve have been in our prayers since we heard the news of Ray’s passing. We love you and pray God’s peace on you and the family.

  • Linda & Emanuel Decquir says:

    We have all of you in prayer during this difficult time. God will see you through and know that if you need anything please don’t hesitate to call. Our love to you all.

  • Darryl Jett says:

    To The Thames Family, Ray and I went to Lewis Clark State College and played basketball together. He and I were roommates. My prayers are with you as you deal with his loss. May God be with you as he is the only one that can see you through this difficult time. Xavier or Malik at sometime in the future contact me via email below. I have newspapers clippings and pictures of your dad playing college basketball. I am sure he would want you to have them Blessings,

  • John Kennedy says:

    So sorry to hear of Rays passing. He was a wonderful guy. Well liked, and a principled person.

  • Steve Williams says:

    To the Thames family my condolences and deepest sympathy. Ray was a great, husband, father, friend and basketball player. I was very fortunate to have shared Rays college years. From Washington State to Lewis-Clark State I followed Ray and had nothing but great freindship like a big brother My love to all his family. From Australia Peace

  • Francena "cc" Smith McClure says:

    Ms Angie, boys and family, We started back at the school off G Parkway and our friendship remains even though our sightings are seldom. Ray was always funny, and a very loving and caring father and husband, son and brother. My heart breaks for you but i know that GOD HAS GOT YOU. Love you Francena “cc”, Tyler and Taylor McClure

  • Shanda Jenkins says:

    Angie, We are so very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts are prayers are with you, Malik, Xavier and your entire family. May the comfort of God help you all through this very difficult time. Blessings, Shanda, Bonzell (BJ) and Denzell Jenkins

  • John Williams says:

    Someone as special as Ray will never be forgotten. He will remain in our hearts forever. I recall the first time I met Ray at WSU and how over the years he kept in touch. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Thames family and friends during this difficult time. Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your heart. John Williams Family

  • Malcolm Davison says:

    My heart breaks for you, Angie and Malik and Xavier. I sit here remembering all the good times Ray and I had, and it all seems like it was just yesterday. Rest assured he is still with each of you; and, as the loving husband and father he was, he will never leave you. This I know…You are in my prayers, always.

  • Cathy McCon says:

    We are so very sorry for your loss Angie, Xavier and Malik. You are all in our prayers. Your family is very special to us. The McCoin’s

  • Janet Powe says:

    Ms. Angie, My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. You and your husband were always special to me and my children. We have all been touched by the gift of kindness that you always give so generously. I pray God’s strength and abundant grace for you.

  • Coach Hironaka says:

    Mrs. Thames. I am so sorry for your loss. I just saw it today so please forgive me for not sending something earlier. Your Husband was a fine man who loved his kids & family to no end. I am happy to have gotten the chance to know him & yourself, be able to Coach X and know Malik. I hope he finishes up strong at UCR. Again my thoughts & prayers to all of you.

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