Ray T. Abner passed away on November 19, 2022, at the age of 94. He was born on January 29, 1928 in Gamaliel Arkansas-the only son of Hattie Leona (Stone) Abner and Roy Abner. He graduated from Mountain Home High School in 1945 and enlisted in the Marines shortly after. Ray achieved the rank of Corporal before being honorably discharged in October of 1947, making him a veteran of WWII. Before realizing his true calling in law enforcement he worked at Ford, Manor Bread and Reliable Life Insurance Company. He was a member of the Dallas County Sheriff's Reserves before becoming a Deputy in 1962 under Sheriff Bill Decker. During his tenure, he was assigned as one of Jack Ruby's bodyguards in the Dallas County Jail. Over the years he moved up through the ranks as a detective in vice, head of the narcotics division and closing out his 30 year career as night chief in 1992. He enjoyed the country life in Kemp with his 2nd wife Charlsie.
He was preceded in death by his wife Charlsie Abner, daughter Michelle Williams, son Michael Abner and great grandchildren Tamra & Zackery Abner.
He is survived by his daughters Diane Abner, Stacie Abner, Stephanie Smits, grandchildren Christopher Abner, William Williams, Teri Williams, Eric Abner and step-daughters Vickie Duron, Danna O'Brien, Rhonda Wilkens and Robin Remes.
A memorial service will be held at Anderson Clayton Funeral Home, Kemp, Texas on December 17, 2022 at 2 pm.
One of Ray's last wishes was that his final resting place be at Mary Immaculate Catholic Church Columbarium in Farmers Branch, Texas.
We will miss you Dad.
"And now we play the final showdown scene
And as the credits roll, a sad song starts to play
And this is where the cowboy rides away"
"Oh, the last goodbye's the hardest one to say
This is where the cowboy rides away"