Pell, Ray

Ray Lane Pell

April 28, 1938 - November 16, 2020

Ray Lane Pell went home to Jesus on Monday, November 16, 2020 at the age of 82.

Ray was born to Owen and Naomi Pell on April 28, 1938 in McKinney, Texas.  As a child Ray came to know Jesus at The Assembly of God Church in Plano, Texas.  During Ray’s early years you would find him playing baseball or drag racing down the streets of Plano.  Ray met Barbara Lee Ayers in 1958 at Steffey’s Drive-In in McKinney, Texas through his friend James Kimbell.  Barbara and Ray started dating Barbara’s Junior year of high school. On June 30, 1961 they were married at North Baptist Church in McKinney.

Ray worked for Western Electric which became AT&T.  After retiring from AT&T he worked for Fisher Controls and retired from there. 

Ray and Barbara served and raised their family at North Baptist Church.  Ray and Barbara taught second grade Sunday School for 10 years, he served as RA leader and coach the RA basketball team.  In later years they attended Waddill Street Baptist Church.

Ray was a devoted husband, loving father and Papa.  Ray’s family was his life.  He coached Mike’s soccer and baseball team, Kim’s softball team, attended football games, school dances, FFA Shows, school programs never missed a grandchild’s event.  Ray loved spending time with Barbara, he enjoyed spending time with his brothers, drinking coffee with his friends, working outside, helping the neighbors and fixing things BUT most of all he enjoyed being at every grandchild’s event! Ray was happy, loved to joke and he never met a stranger.  He loved his family and Jesus!

Ray leaves behind his wife of 59 years, Barbara; son, Mike Pell; daughter, Kim Finley and husband Ron; grandson, Warren Finley; granddaughter, Ayers Finley; brother, Jim Pell and wife, Phyllis; brother, Frank Pell; nephew, Joe Pell; and several other nieces and nephews.

Ray was preceded in death by his parents, Owen and Naomi Pell; brother, Jack Pell; grandson, Noah Pell.

“The steps of a good man are directed by The Lord.  He delights in each step they take.”  Psalm 37:23-24.

A “come and go” visitation will be held on Thursday, November 19, 2020 from 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m., at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home. Only a limited number of guests will be allowed to enter the funeral home facility at any one time to maintain social distancing.

In support of our local, state, and federal govt including CDC directives and to protect the physical health, safety and well-being of our community, only a limited number of guests will be allowed to attend the Funeral Service.

A funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, November 20, 2020 at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home Chapel, 2525 Central Expressway North, Allen, Texas. The service will also be live streamed at on Ray’s obituary page by clicking on the following link: After the service, the recorded live stream will be available for viewing at the same link location.

However, when the maximum number of guests are reached, those who would like to honor Ray and show their support to his family may remain at the funeral home in your vehicle, where you can watch the live streamed service on your personal device (laptop, tablet or smartphone) or listen through a designated FM radio channel.

Following the funeral service a procession will make its way to Ridgeview Memorial Park for a committal service where all are invited to attend maintaining social distancing or you may remain in your vehicle.  You will be able to listen to the service through speakers set up at the gravesite. Livestream for service


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Kim, So sorry to hear. Thanks for allowing us to be a part of your dad's care. Sounds like I would have enjoyed knowing him prior to being his nurse. Kind regards, Clint, November 24, 2020 We, the Vest from Plano High School are remembering and thinking of you. Emogene Vest Moore Emogene Vest Moore, November 22, 2020 Barbara, Kim & Mike I am so very sorry for your loss, I fill your pain as I Loss Johnny September 2. I pray that God will wrap his loving arms around each of you and in time I know he will heal your broken hearts you are feeling at this time. I remember the good ole days, what fun we had. Love and prayers for each of you. Linda Barron Merriman Linda Barron Merriman, November 22, 2020 A good man and proud to have known him for many, many years from the time our kids played little league baseball together. Bill and Patricia Bass, November 22, 2020 Our thoughts and prayers go out the family. Ray was the light of our lives here and he meant the world to us. To the Family I will miss all the laughs and fun times we had with him. May he Rest in Peace.
Sky Colegio, November 20, 2020 I have many fond memories of Ray, he is a dear friend and will be greatly missed.
Jarad Newman, November 19, 2020 I have known Ray Lane all my life, but we really got close when we started meeting for coffee about 9 years ago. Ray I will really miss you friend, but I will be seeing you before long. Denny Burnside, November 19, 2020 I'm so sorry for your loss of your bother Ray....I wish I could be there with you and your family. Lupe Reveles , November 19, 2020 I knew Ray from girls softball days. Troy Newman, November 19, 2020 So sorry to hear your loss of Ray Lane. We will certainly be remembering you in prayer. Sorry we will not be able to attend his service. Our thoughts are with you. God bless you & the family. Sincerely, Irene & Venita Irene Tomberlin & Venita Ellis, November 19, 2020 We are so sorry about Ray Lane. He was a wonderful man. We are praying that God gives you an extra measure of peace as you walk through this sad season of life. Bless y’all 
Denice Burnside Green, November 19, 2020 I worked with Ray at Fisher Controls until he retired. He was a very nice man but so funny. We would be working and he would say something and the whole line would bust out laughing. But he would have a serious look on his face. I know he will be in Heaven with his grandson again. He will be filled with joy. My prayers are with you at this time but Ray is laughing and enjoying himself. Sherry Warren -Fisher Controls co-worker Sherry Warren, November 18, 2020 Frank, We are both so sorry for your loss. Ray is in Heaven now with no more pain, he is in Our Father's hands. We Love you, Donna Ferguson , November 17, 2020 Frank I am so sorry for your loss. I know how much you Love your family with all that you are, I've seen that in all the years we've known you. We Love you so much. Angie Hokanson , November 17, 2020 Ray was always so polite and such a gentleman. I remember how he carried Noah around, so protective when he brought him to the house and how Noah loved to play with autry. I'm sure he and Jack are celebrating being back together in Heaven, but I also know he will be sorely missed. Carole Burris, November 17, 2020 Barbara, Kim and Mike, I am so sorry for your loss, Ray was a great man and you were all such wonderful friends. We had such a great time at the Ag shows and on the Ball fields. Just remember that there will be such a beautiful reunion in Heaven. I know Mitchell will be there to welcome him. May God bless and wrap his arms around you in your time of grief. Prayers coming your way! Vickey Hill Vickey Hill, November 17, 2020