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Former RFCU Chair passes away

Published 7:07pm Tuesday, March 5, 2013

By Aldo Amato

For The Record

HUNTSVILLE — Charles L. Ray  Jr., Chair of the Board of Directors of Redstone Federal Credit Union from 1983 until 2011 died in the early morning hours on March 5.

Ray began serving the Credit Union as a volunteer in 1977 as a Committee Member. During his tenure on the board Ray oversaw exponential growth of the Credit Union and guided its transformation into the largest Credit Union in Alabama and one of the 25 largest federal credit unions in the nation.

“Mr. Ray will be especially remembered for his unwavering commitment to serving the under-served,” a statement from Redstone Federal Credit Union read. ”He led the great expansion of Redstone’s facilities as well as the development of many of the outstanding products and services that Redstone is now known for.”

“The role Mr. Ray’s leadership played in Redstone’s current success cannot be underestimated,” current Redstone Federal Credit Union Chair of the Board of Directors, Dr. Dorothy W. Huston, said. “He was a man of great integrity with a kind heart and a genuine desire to help others. We are deeply saddened by his passing.”

Ray owned and operated Nelms Memorial Funeral Home and also worked as a school teacher in the Madison County Public Schools, and then went to hold prestigious positions with the Huntsville-Madison County Community Action Agency and the US Army Aviation and Missile Command.

Ray, a Huntsville native, attended Morehouse College and later Alabama A&M University where he received both his Bachelors and Masters degrees.  He was a veteran of the United States Army and he was an active member of Union Chapel Missionary Baptist Church.  In April of 2011, Union Chapel Missionary Baptist Church named its Family Life Center in his honor.

Ray is survived by his wife, Mrs. Willie Mae Ray and one daughter, Miss Terri L. Ray.

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