John Henry (Johnny) Ray was born in Camden, Ark. to Lloyd and Doris Hayes Ray on Dec. 14, 1933. He entered Heaven's Gates on May 15, 2014. A gifted athlete, Johnny graduated from Camden High School in 1951 and was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals organization. After a freak accident ended his baseball career, Johnny worked in Camden for three years. He married his soul mate and love of his life, Sybil Cross, on Sept. 14, 1952. In 1954, Johnny joined the United States Air Force serving eight years and achieving the rank of Staff Sergeant. During his military service, Johnny trained as a Communications Specialist in San Antonio; Cheyenne, Wyo.; and Belleville, Ill. Johnny and Sybil were stationed on Guam in 1955 and while there, welcomed their first daughter in 1956. In 1958, they settled in Alexandria, at England Air Force Base where a second daughter was born.