Pastor Ray Johnson

WARREN – Pastor Ray Johnson, 89, formerly of Garrettsville, passed away Sunday, June 8, 2014, at Trumbull Memorial Hospital in Warren.

Ray was born Sept. 14, 1924, in Olive Hill, Ky., to parents Harlan and Reppie Loraine Carpenter Johnson.

He served his country proudly in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II.

Ray married Phyllis Carol Stone on April 20, 1949. Together they shared more than 65 years of marriage and had seven wonderful children.

Ray was a remarkable man. He was a loving and caring husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. Ray served as pastor of the Apostolic House of Prayer Church in Garrettsville for more than 49 years.

He also worked as a crane operator for Republic Steel Corp., retiring in 1991.

Ray is survived by his wife; children, Judy (Ray) Buckner of Niles, Susan White of Kent, Peggy (Mark) Davis of Zanesville, Thomas Johnson of Warren, Pam (Randy) Lent of Zanesville and Joyce (Walt) Blagaich of Howland; 11 grandchildren, and 15 great-grandchildren.

Preceding Ray in death were his parents; son, Keith Johnson; grandson, Thomas Johnson Jr.; and son-in-law, Carl White.

For those who have endured so much we know that they would rather be with the Lord.

Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Lane Family Funeral Homes, Mineral Ridge Chapel. Funeral services will be held at noon Friday at the House of Prayer Church, 9874 Silica Sand Road, Garrettsville, Ohio 44231.

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