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James Ray Rooks
husband of 3rd Cousin Norma Lucille Barnhill

James Ray Rooks, 85, of Kelly passed peacefully to his Heavenly home on Saturday, November 12, 2011, at his home surrounded by his devoted family.

He was born January 31, 1926 in Bladen County, the son of the late Reuben A. and Evaleena Moore Rooks. He was predeceased by his wife of 61 years, Norma Lucille Barnhill Rooks; grandson, Dwayne Klutz and sister, Bernice Squires.

Surviving are his loving children, Gayle Klutz (Richard) of Leland, Darrell Rooks (Wanda) of Ware Shoals, SC, Ricky Rooks (Sandy), Charles "Bullet" Rooks, and June Rooks all of Kelly; grandchildren, Neisha Rooks, Jerry Klutz, Mandy Blackburn, Tammy Wells, Ashley Milam, and Brick Rooks; great grandchildren, Hailey, Alyssa, Lyza, Gracey, Braxton and Samuel; sisters, Hilda Russ of Kelly and Rebecca Lennon of Bolton; brother, Earl Rooks of California and special neighbor, Diane Norris.

Mr. Rooks served his country honorably in the US Navy during WWII and was a faithful, active member of Haw Bluff Baptist Church. After 39 years of service Ray retired from Federal Paper Company.

Ray was a devoted husband and loving daddy, granddaddy, great granddaddy, brother and friend. All of his life he served the Lord, took care of his family and was a caring and sharing man. As long as his health permitted he enjoyed hunting and his vegetable garden. His warm smile and generosity toward others will always be remembered. Well done Thy good and faithful servant.

The family will receive friends at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, November 15, one hour prior to the funeral service at Haw Bluff Baptist Church Fellowship Hall. Funeral service will follow at 11:00 a.m. at Haw Bluff Baptist Church with Pastor Steve Gasque and Pastor Richard Wade officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Casketbearers will be Nash Hester, John Kelly, Crandell Brown, Earl Burney, Mike Squires, Dwight Horrell and Jackie Daniels. Honorary bearers will be members of the Adult Menís Sunday School Class.

To Rayís church family and the entire community his family would like to thank you for every kindness shown Ö prayers, visits, cards, flowers and all expressions of caring. We thank God, our Heavenly Father, for the gift of friends and pray His eternal blessings to all.