Thurman Ray Knox
November 24, 1929-February 6, 2021
Thurman Ray Knox, Ray to his friends, 91, of Bryan, TX went home to be with his Lord & Savior Jesus Christ on Saturday, February 6, 2021. He was surrounded by family in his apartment at Waldenbrooke Estates in Bryan.
Final arrangements will be forthcoming as we navigate the complexities of the Covid environment.Upon resolution, details will be posted online at www.trevinosmithfh.com.
Thurman Ray Knox was born to parents William Clinton Knox and Ruby Morgan Knox on November 24, 1929 in Houston County, TX in a community known as Pearson’s Chapel near Crockett and Lovelady. They later relocated to Houston where he attended Milby High School. Ray enlisted in the Navy on September 27, 1948 serving at NAS Corpus Christi, NAS Kodiak Alaska, and aboard the aircraft carrier USS Kearsarge CV33 until 1952.
Ray moved back to Houston where he would meet the love of his life, Bobbie Schoppe. Ray & Bobbie were married July 9, 1954. He was confirmed in the Lutheran church on June 10th, 1956 and was an active member of Bethany Lutheran Church of Houston, later Immanuel Lutheran Church of Lyons
then Holy Cross Lutheran in College Station. He often taught Sunday school at the churches and served as an elder.
Ray was hired by the Post Office in September 1959 and his career culminated with an appointment as Postmaster of Mart, TX on August 8, 1981 where he server until retirement on Jan 3, 1986.
Ray was preceded in death by His parents, his step-dad Dr. R.W. Kunkel and step-brother Kenneth Kunkel, sisters Evelyn, Bernice, Jane and baby brother Eugene. He was also preceded in death by his loving wife Bobbie, sons Roger and Clifford McDonald, sons-in-law Marty Kasper and Robert Miller, and grandson Loren Kasper.
Ray is survived by daughter Paula Kasper, daughters-in-law Kathy Miller and Jeanne McDonald, daughter Cheryl Duckett and husband Glen, son Stephen Knox, as well as 13 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, 3 great-great grandchildren as well as numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
Ray always had time for family, especially grandkids, and friends. Ray packed a lot into 91years. He leaves behind a wealth of memories and lessons for those of us that were blessed enough to call him family or friend.
The family requests in lieu of flowers, that a memorial be given to Hospice Brazos Valley or the charity of your choice.
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