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In loving memory of
Grover Ray Cullifer
  • November 29, 1940
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  • August 04, 2017

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Grover Ray Cullifer (76) passed away at home on August 4, 2017 after battling Brain Cancer (Glioblastoma Stage 4) for about a year, with his Family and Friends by his side and Kindred Hospice Care watching over him.
Ray was born on November 29, 1940 in Orlando, Fl., to Ray Dorsey and Gertrude Pitts Cullifer.  He was known as Ray, Buddy, Chicken, Coach, and Dad to so many people through his Journey in Life.
Ray is survived by his Loving Wife Norma Jean Cullifer of 57 years;  Son Tracy A. and his Wife Virginia and 2 Grandchildren, Chase and Cayla Cullifer; Daughter Kathryn E. Cullifer and 3 Grand Dogs Beasley, Rexy and Brock; Brother Robert A. and his Wife Connie Cullifer; Sister Donna G. and her Husband Buddy Jackson; Brother-in-Law Richard L. and Barbara J. Anderson also many Loving and Caring Cousins, Nieces and Nephews.
Ray Graduated from Winter Park High School while working for Dallas Bower.  He started his Career with Orlando Utilities Commission in July 1960 at an entry level position and Retired as Chief of System Operations after 35 years.
Ray spent 11 years Coaching Little League Baseball and Softball.  For many years he also played softball in the “Over 50 League”.   He was an Avid Hunter that consisted of Bow, Muzzle Load, Shotgun and Rifle hunting for most all legal Game.  He raised and trained Walker Hound Dogs that led him to be a member of the Central Florida Fox Hunters Club.  Awards were earned through Confirmation and Fox Field Trials.  Fishing was another Sport he Enjoyed and it didn’t matter if it was in a Creek, Lake, River, Inshore or Offshore.
Ray Loved to Travel – He worked with a local Racecar team for 3 years all over the Eastern United States.  For our 30th Wedding Anniversary we went to Hawaii and Australia.  During our travels we Visited Cancun and Cozumel as well as Traveling for 7 months in the United States and Canada following the NASCAR circuit and Major League Baseball.  Our Love of Baseball brought us to Deland and Stetson University attending approximately 50 games each year including out-of-state.  We have Enjoyed this Lifestyle since 2000.  It’s been a Privilege to watch several players make it to the Major League Teams.  We Traveled to watch some of these players and always looked for them on T.V.
Ray’s “Celebration of Life” will be held at Melching Field at Conrad Park in Deland on August 26, 2017 with Gates opening at 3pm and Service at 4pm.  Please dress Casual as if you were attending a baseball game.   In Lieu of Flowers, the Family would like to Support the Stetson University Baseball Program by having a Collection at Ray’s “Celebration of Life” with 100% going directly to the Baseball Program.
In every way Ray was always a Perfect Gentleman. Thank You for all of your Love and Support. We Love and Miss him Dearly



Service

Location:
Melching Field at Conrad Park
555 S. Woodland Blvd, DeLand, FL 32720
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Date & Time:
August 26, 2017 at 3:00 PM


Instead of flowers, the family would prefer if you would make a donation to
Stetson Baseball Program

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  1. 29 Aug 2017
    David Barcus says:
    A wonderful man and co-worker. Like others who he had done it for, Buddy took me in as a newbie learning to fire and control boiler operations and turbine monitoring for Orlando Utilies at the Indian River Plant. He will be greatly missed as a part of our OUC family. RIP my friend.

  2. 26 Aug 2017
    Sam Wood lit a candle:
    Lit since August 26, 2017 at 8:52:53 PM

  3. 25 Aug 2017
    Jack & Jo Gillingham says:
    I'll always remember what a Wonderful friend he has been, he had such a good heart and sweet nature, not to mention Fun ... Our thoughts and prayers are with Jean and Family.

  4. 23 Aug 2017
    Denise Stalls lit a candle:
    Lit since August 23, 2017 at 8:03:40 PM

  5. 23 Aug 2017
    Don Kline says:
    I worked at the Indian River power plant with Ray(we knew him as Buddy). Great man. I hate that he had such a horrible disease take him. My love & prayers to his wife and family.

  6. 23 Aug 2017
    Amy Tatum (Stanton) says:
    Jean and family, my thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family on Buddy's passing. He was a truly great man and I have many fond memories of my time working with him in the control center at OUC. As a young engineer just getting started in my career, Buddy shared his wisdom and humor freely and took me under his wing. Heaven has certainly gained a new angel.

  7. 23 Aug 2017
    Scott Rohrhoff says:
    You will be missed. Enjoyed working with you for almost 15 years.

  8. 23 Aug 2017
    Toby & Jerry Oswald lit a candle:
    Lit since August 23, 2017 at 8:07:23 PM

  9. 21 Aug 2017
    George Pitts says:
    Chicken Man, Many years we spent together thru the good times and the bad. The memories of them all will last and last! Rest in Peace and we will get together later and relive them!
    Boricuss

  10. 20 Aug 2017
    Lee A. Gartside says:
    Ray was one of my friends.. He would help anybody at any time.. He was a pleasure to be around.. He always had a friendly personality... At our 50th reunion he organized the BBQ, kept watch over the Hospitality Room, and was a hardworking member of the planning committee.. He will be missed in so many ways.. He was my classmate in the Winter Park High School class of 1959.. The class extends its' sympathy to the family...

  11. 19 Aug 2017
    Bruce and Ella says:
    We met Ray and Jean thru the Ellis's at the races at Daytona in Feb. Every year ! He was humble sweet guy ! Will miss seeing him but will see Ray again soon. Love you Jean

  12. 19 Aug 2017
    Sharon Woodruff says:
    I knew Ray as "Buddy".He lived next door to me on Lyman Ave. He was a year ahead of me in school. I was way too uncool to be social with. I played with his younger brother,Butchie". Then just before they moved,completely unexpected,he kissed me. It's true,you always remember your first kiss-----even if it was clearly just a moment.We never dated and went on with our lives. I am so glad to see what a wonderful man he was. Always a gentleman. Sorry about the cancer,he didn't deserve that.Just wanted to share a sweet childhood memory with you Norma. from,Sharon Fender Woodruff.

  13. 18 Aug 2017
    Robin Sherwood Heffley says:
    Ray was a kind and sweet classmate of the class of 1959 and I was happy to see him and Jean at our 50th reunion. He had a wonderful life and we are all better people for having known him. My love and sympathy to Jean and family. Robin Sherwood (Heffley)

  14. 18 Aug 2017
    Karen mith lit a candle:
    Lit since August 18, 2017 at 8:07:03 PM

  15. 18 Aug 2017
    Becky Sanders says:
    it's been 51 years of friendship and my heart aches to know that Buddy is gone. We have had some wonderful times together. My prayers are with you all as you take this journey.

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