Graveside memorial services are scheduled for 10 a.m. at Tinnie Cemetery for William Ray Hardcastle, 74, who passed away on Friday, July 12, 2013, at his home. Pastor Scott Martin from Lake Arthur will be officiating. Ray will be cremated according to his wishes.
Ray was born Nov. 6, 1938, in Roswell, to Samuel Elmo Hardcastle and Mable A. Purcella; his parents preceded him in death. He was also preceded in death by his brothers: Samuel Elmo Hardcastle, Jr, Owen Robert Hardcastle, Samuel Earl Hardcastle and James Arthur Hardcastle; and sisters: Willie Belle Hite Briscoe and Jeanne King.
Ray enjoyed fishing, gardening and tending his fruit trees. He enjoyed spending time with his children, grandchildren and other family members and friends. Before retirement, Ray was a heavy equipment operator; he was good at it and loved what he did.
Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Nancy Hardcastle, of the home; children: Jackie Ray Hardcastle and wife Ree, of Roswell, Maria Alvarez, of Roswell, Raenell Ward, of Portales, Laurie Hardcastle Hanna, of Farmerville, Texas, Louise Wilkerson and husband Mark, of Stephenville, Texas, Loridda Derrick and husband Gary, of Hawley, Texas, Billy Goldsmith and wife Camille, of Choctaw, Okla., Kitty Smith, of Roswell, and Mary Smith, of Oroville, Wash. Ray is also survived by his sister, Mary Herrington, and her husband, George, of Roswell. Ray is also survived by 22 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren, as well as many nieces, nephews and other family members.
Ray’s family would like to thank Anita, Rebecca, Dennis and Alma, of Gentiva, and Jennifer Hernandez for the special care that was given.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory. An online registry can be accessed at ballardfuneralhome.com.