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Dr. Ray Johnston went to his heavenly home on October 10, 2022. He was 80 years old.

Ray was born December 2, 1941 in Avery, Texas to Raymond Dennis (R.D.) and Reva Mae (Murphy) Johnston. He was a member of Hooks First Methodist Church, Hooks, Texas. Ray grew up in Avery, Texas where he helped his granddad in the cattle business. From this early start he loved to cowboy and rodeo. He graduated from Texas High, earned his bachelor degree from East Texas States College. His Master Degree from North Texas State University, and his PhD degree from the University of Missouri. He loved going to school and continued to take classes throughout his life. His continuing education led to him becoming a teacher. He retired after 30 years in public education from a classroom teacher, and elementary school principal, and a Director of Technology in Edinburg, Texas. Retirement gave him more time to devote to his favorite hobby, golfing. It was his passion and he passed this love of golf to his wife and and grandchildren, Braiden and Karsyn. He also retired from the United States Army as a Major. He was a natural leader and always stepped up to assume leadership roles. He was co-founder of the Texarkana Kennel Club, a past president of the Military Officers Association of America, past Worshipful Master of Masonic Border Lodge, past Worthy Patron of Border Chapter No. 211 Order of the Eastern Star, and past president of the Texarkana Shrine Club. He also served his church, First Methodist downtown as treasurer, ran the sound system, and was a lay reader at Williams Memorial United Methodist Church. He went to school, AGAIN, to become an auctioneer and learned to talk real fast and offered services wherever was needed. He loved fast cars, fast motorcycles, and canoeing. He loved life and lived it to the fullest.

He is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Lin Johnston of New Boston, Texas; his loving sister, Carol Jean (Johnston) and brother-in-law, David Murff of Texarkana, Texas; daughter and son-in-law, Sonja and Mitch White of Coweta, Oklahoma; grandchildren, Braiden White and Karsyn White of Coweta, Oklahoma; a special cousin “brother” Danny Stinson and his wife, Susie of Texarkana, Texas; devoted fur babies, Zeva and Murffee; and numerous other relatives and friends.

Memorial services were held 1:00 P.M. Friday, October 14, 2022 at Hooks First United Methodist Church. Memorials may be made to Hooks First United Methodist Church, Hooks, Texas.Online registration at

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