Raymond Clay Sharrow completed his life journey on February 23, 2022 at Johnson City Medical Center, TN, surrounded by his loving family. Ray was born May 16, 1939, in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, to Raymond C. Sharrow and Cora Ortwine Sharrow, their only child, but one of many cousins who spent time together on their grandfather’s farm. or hunting and fishing. Ray was a graduate of Bloomsburg HS where he studied football, basketball and baseball. In 1961 Ray graduated from Susquehanna University with a Bachelor of Science degree majoring in Commerce. He was a brother of the Phi Mu Delta fraternity and was the director of the house. He married his college sweetheart, Virginia Kratz, in 1962
Ray was a United States Air Force veteran, based at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Great Falls, Montana, where he first served as director of the Officers’ Club and later as a member of the Auditor General’s staff. He received an honorable discharge as a 1st Lieutenant.
Ray worked for accounting firms in Chicago, New York and Richmond, VA when he decided to seek a career with less travel so he could spend more time with his young family. In 1969, Ray accepted a position with Fieldcrest Mills, Inc., Eden, North Carolina, as Director of Internal Audit and remained in that position until his early retirement in 1994. During this time, Ray was an active member of the Eden Jaycees and served as its treasurer. After retirement, Ray helped seniors prepare their tax returns and delivered meals on wheels. He also produced wooden handicrafts and baked goods for the Epiphany Church bazaars.
In 2015 Ray and Ginny moved to Jonesborough, TN to be closer to their children and grandchildren. “Daddy Ray” was the role he cherished the most in his life. He is survived by his wife, Virginia, and his children: Elizabeth Anne (Beth) Edwards and Randolph Clay (Randy) Sharrow, both of Johnson City, TN; grandchildren, Randolph Tucker Sharrow, Lindsey Virginia Edwards and Lydia Grace Sharrow.
A memorial service will be held in the Memorial Garden at Epiphany Church, Eden, North Carolina on April 16.
Ray was generally a quiet man who never sought the spotlight, but he was stable, dependable, and very supportive of his family and encouraged them in every way he could. He provided guidance and strength to each of them.
For those who wish, memoirs may be sent to the Washington County Animal Shelter, 3411 N, Roan St., Johnson City, TN, 37601. It was there that he reunited with Miss Lexi, his feline companion since two years.
This obituary has been lovingly written by the Sharrow family.
Memories and condolences can be shared on www.mtnempirecbs.com. Mountain Empire Cremation and Burial Services (423-547-0379), 806 East Jackson Blvd. Suite 5, Jonesborough TN, 37659 is honored to serve the Sharrow family.