Rayford West Hanchey
Oct. 7, 1937 – Jan. 11, 2021
HANCHEY, Rayford West, 83, gained his angel wings on January 11, 2021 in Mechanicsville.
He is predeceased by his parents, Mary Belle and Rayford Hanchey; brother Mack Hanchey and sister Jane Shropshire. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Pat Hanchey; daughter Cindy Farmer (Marshall); son Jimmy Hanchey (Gloria); grandchildren Taylor Farmer and Bradley Farmer; sisters Joyce Usher, Bea Mathews, Libby McCluan and Faye Megill; brothers Lee Hanchey and Earl Hanchey; and a host of nieces and nephews.
A gentleman and all-round nice guy, Ray was known for his love of fishing, history and picking crabs. He could rarely tell a joke without giving away the punch line, but that made the joke even funnier. Ray retired from Robertshaw Controls after a career in data center management.
Due to COVID 19, a celebration of life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Ray’s name may be made to the charity of your choice.
So sorry to hear about Ray. But love all the memories of growing up with The Hanchey family!
Mary Ellen (Grammer) Smith
No finer man than Ray. He was loved by all. He will be so missed by the Robertshaw gang. We are sending love to Pat and family.
Jim and Barbara
The world was a better place with Ray in it. He was an amazing man. He was looked up to and respected by his family and friends. I love how he always told great funny stories and always had a huge smile on his face. He will be so missed by all who knew him. The Robertshaw Gang will never be the same with the loss of our friend. Sending love to Pat and the family.
Larry and Pat
Dear Hanchey family.
Our sympathies to you all in the loss of Ray. My memories of our neighborhood and your siblings, especially Lee and Mack, are still vivid.
A stained piece of driftwood art still sits on my end table as a gift from you during our teenage years of fishing and frolicking together.
Donald and Sharon Laslie
To Pat Hanchey & Family! So sorry for your loss ! Prayers for you & your family! From Brenda & David Beish!
To Pat and Family: I was so sad to read of Ray’s passing. Both of you were a wonderful – and vital – part of The Giving Heart, spending days at Walmart to collect canned foods. Many fond memories with that 🙂
There is a saying that says that maybe the stars in the sky are simply loved ones watching down on us. May Ray’s “star” comfort you in the days to come.
Ray was not only a gentleman he was a Gentle Man, loved by so many. Many fond memories I will always cherish, looking forward to reuniting with him in Paradise.. One of the Robertshaw gang (Debbie Johnson Taylor)
Ray and Pat were the most welcoming neighbors when we moved in next door. Ray ‘s kindness and sense of humor will be missed. Since you moved away we only got to see you around town. Time with you two was not enough as we are sure is how everyone feels now. Our prayers go with you❣️
With love, Sandy & David Nylander