Ray Chronister was born on April 18, 1940 to Virgil and Bessie Chronister in Rector, Arkansas. He went to be with the Lord on October 9, 2010 at his home in Cabool, Missouri, after a short battle with small cell carcinoma cancer.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Virgil and Bessie; five sisters, Dorothy, Evelyn, Garhnetta, Daisy, and Linda; one brother Gerald Dean.
He is survived by his loving wife, Chris Chronister of the home; his children, Tammy Lester, of Ironton, Missouri, Gerald Chronister and wife Sheri of Cabool, James Chronister and wife Janice of Mountain Grove, Missouri, Tina Osborn and husband Michael of Cabool, Teresa Kusmaul of West Plains, Missouri, and John Young of Bellows Falls, Vermont; his grandchildren, Jamie Lester, Tiffany Chronister, Andrew Chronister, Makenzie Chronister, Jared Chronister, Ashley Wood, Todd Wood, Jessica Collins and husband Joe, Dalton Young, Nina Young, Alexandria Young; five great-grandchildren; two brothers, Cecil Chronister of Ironton and James Chronister of Rector, Arkansas; and two sisters, Dora Bass of Paragould, Arkansas, and Brenda Clayton of Cabool. He will be missed but not forgotten by his family and friends.
After graduating high school Ray joined the Army and was stationed in Korea. He then returned and lived in several places until the 1970s when he made Cabool his home, where he owned and operated several service stations. He then became an over-the-road truck driver. He later owned and operated his own company, Chronister and Sons Trucking, for over 30 years.
In 2005 he married Chris Fournier, which made his last years of life full of love, laughs and memories.
On April 18, 2010 Ray celebrated his 70th birthday with family and a host of wonderful friends he loved dearly.
Ray was saved and baptized and became an active member of Mt. Pisgah Freewill Baptist Church.
Memorial services were at 6:00 p.m. Sunday, October 10, 2010, at Mt. Pisgah Freewill Baptist Church with Bro. David Carroll officiating the service. Ray will be cremated and interment with full military honors will be held at a later date at Mt. Pisgah Cemetery under the direction of Elliott-Gentry-Carder Funeral Home of Cabool.
In lieu of flowers donations may be given to Mt. Pisgah Church or City of Cabool Relay for Life team. Online condolences may be made at www.egcfuneralhome.com.