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Date published: 6/27/2013

The Rev. Ray T. Vinson

Surrounded by family in love, the Rev. Ray T. Vinson, 81, of Stafford County went to be with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Tuesday, June 25, 2013.

He was born Aug. 3, 1931, to James and Beulah Vinson in McRoberts, Ky.

The Rev. Vinson attended Jenkins High School in Jenkins, Ky. After graduation, he enlisted in the Navy and served during the Korean War. After his time in the service, he worked several jobs before surrendering into the ministry.

The Rev. Vinson was a called man of God. He completed his master's degree in theology from Luther Rice Seminary. The Rev. Vinson retired from Ramoth Baptist Church in 2007 after serving 43 years as a pastor. His ministry included serving as pastor in churches in Kentucky, Virginia and Tennessee.

The Rev. Vinson leaves behind a loving wife, Joyce Kuhl Vinson. His survivors also include his children, Pam Null and her husband, David, the Rev. Ray "Tony" Vinson II and his wife, Lydia, and Robin Lopez and her husband, John; eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

The Rev. Vinson was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters and six brothers.

A family visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 28, at Covenant Funeral Service, Stafford. A celebration of life service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 29, at Ramoth Baptist Church. Interment with military honors will follow in the church cemetery.

Contributions may be made to the Ramoth Baptist Church Ray T. Vinson Mission Trip Fund, 476 Ramoth Church Road, Stafford, VA 22554; Mountain View Rescue Squad, 1268 Mountain View Road, Fredericksburg, VA 22406; or Faith Christian Fellowship, 319 Deacon Road, Fredericksburg, VA 22405.

Online guest book is at covenantfuneralservice.com.