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William H. “Bill” Johnson

February 23, 1930 ~ August 6, 2020

Services will be held: August 8, 2020

Bryan-Lee Funeral Homes

Frederick Ernest Bridges

March 22, 1938 ~ August 5, 2020

Services will be held: To Be Determined

Bryan-Lee Funeral Homes

Wayne E. Hubbard. Sr.

Nov. 16, 1955 ~ August 3, 2020

Services will be held:

Alice Dudley Marshall

Dec, 31, 1934 ~ Aug, 4, 2020

Services will be held: Aug. 10, 2020

Robert Curtis “Bob” Friese, Sr.

June 23, 1942 ~ July 31, 2020

Services will be held:

Marguerite “Rita” Enid Kinsey

October 30, 1924 ~ July 30, 2020

Services will be held:

Elwood R. Bartley, Jr.

December 20, 1962 ~ July 25, 2020

Services will be held:

Ezraleen Matthews Thaxton

December 15, 1929 ~ July 30, 2020

Services will be held: August 2, 2020

Arthur Ray Talley, Jr.

May 25, 1938 ~ December 3, 2019

FUQUAY-VARINA – Arthur Ray died peacefully in his home with his family the evening of December 3. Instead of medical treatment, he chose quality days over quantity days and maintained unwavering in his faith in God’s plan for his life. He was a beloved brother, husband, father, grandfather and friend who inspired a goodness in all of us who remain.

Arthur Ray was born in Fuquay-Springs where he lived most of his life. He was a lifetime deacon and active participant in many areas of the Fuquay-Varina Baptist Church including Sunday School in the Page class, Bible study, prayer meeting, service projects, and Wednesday night fellowship suppers. Once he retired the word around church was “if you need help with something, ask Arthur Ray”. He was known for his strong faith in God.

Arthur Ray served 4 years in the US Coast Guard in Japan, Hawaii, and Louisiana and upon returning home attended Campbell College. He worked in the tobacco industry all of his adult life as a warehouse man and buyer and even as a youth in the tobacco fields. He retired from Tobacco Growers Association in 2014. He truly enjoyed riding the back-country roads surveying tobacco fields and spending time with the farmers and getting to know other tobacco buyers and sellers across the southeastern US.

In 1964 he met Jane Alphin and they were married in April of 1965. For 45 years they enjoyed a marriage built on the foundation of Christ, love, and shared humor. Together they raised three daughters to be generous of spirit, hard-working and independent. He and Jane both adored and treasured their grandchildren.

The family moved to the Needmore community in 1976 and Arthur Ray joined the newly formed Needmore Ruritan Club, a community service club, where he was involved until his death.

Arthur Ray was known by family and friends for his storytelling and straightforwardness. He enjoyed gathering with a variety of groups of friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 45 years, Jane Talley; his siblings Rebecca Brisson, Betty Joyce Pleasant, Dan Talley, and Gay Harriet; and his granddaughter, MaryJane Honeycutt. He is survived by his daughters Wendy Talley of Cornelius, NC; Harriett Lacey and husband Tom and their children, Celia Grace and Silas of Falmouth, MA; and Mary Katherine Honeycutt and husband Steve and their son, Seth, of Willow Spring, NC.

A celebration of Arthur Ray’s life will be held at the Fuquay Varina Baptist Church, 301 N. Woodrow Street on Saturday, December 7th at 3pm. Visitation preceding service from 2pm to 3pm. Wendy, Harriett, and Mary Katherine invite family and friends to join them at Arthur Ray’s home immediately following the service for dessert, coffee, and stories.

The family is grateful for Transitions Hospice Care and especially for Nurse Genevieve. In lieu of flowers, please donate to Make a Wish of Eastern North Carolina 3809 Computer Drive #201 Raleigh, NC 27609.


December 7, 2019

2:00 pm

Fuquay-Varina Baptist Church
301 N. Woodrow St. Fuquay-Varina, NC


December 7, 2019

3:00 pm

Fuquay Varina Baptist Church
301 N. Woodrow St. Fuquay-Varina, NC


  1. Mary Diane Lee

    Though I had met Arthur Ray only several times and barely knew him, I have long known of the kind of man he was through family stories told to me by his lovely daughter Mary Katherine, whom I’ve known for decades. Children are often reflections of their parents regarding character, values, manners. If Mary Katherine is any kind of reflection of Arthur Ray, he was truly a devout, loving, and charitable Christian gentleman and an outstanding father.

  2. Greg Ray

    Enjoyed knowing and being with him in the tobacc business. An honor to have known him. May he Rest In Peace. Praying for the family.

  3. Doug Knott

    Arthur Ray was a man that had a sound belief in God; he showed it in his service to others. The Talley children lost a dad and granddad, I lost a “good friend”

    Doug Knott

  4. John Talley

    He was a cousin I greatly admired, I shared golf trips, Bible studies, and church functions with him. He was a great Christian who loved His God, his family, and his church.

  5. Millie Gardner

    Wendy,Harriet, and Mary Katherine we were so sorry to read the obit of your Father. May God comfort you as you process your loss. Hugs, love, and prayers.

    Millie and Wade

  6. Denise Turney-Peyronnin

    This morning when I read Arthur Ray had died I was taken back to a day in January 1994. I had been a week in what I considered then a God-forsaken small mid-western town. Chris and I were doing the best we could to acclimate to the cold, both air temperature and temperament of the less than hospitable neighbors. My Macon-born Toyota pick up truck was unaccustomed to snow and ice and the engine refused to turn over in protest. I was talking to Harriett on the phone and she offered the services of her father who was working in Kentucky at the time. Arthur Ray arrived as my hero. He made sure we were safe, coerced the vehicle of southern roots to spring to life and took us to lunch. He listened, made me laugh and gave us a bit of home spun love. Thank you Arthur Ray. That one visit gave me courage to face another day in an unfamiliar place. I know I am but one of many who were recipients of your giving spirit. Blessings to Harriett, Mary Katherine and Wendy as you adjust to this new distance with your dad.

  7. Jane Ragsdale Woody

    God Bless the family .Prayers for peace and Comfort during this time. Grew up around them all.
    Love Jane Ragsdale Woody

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