Brother Ray accepted Christ at an early age, under the pastoral ship of Reverend Patrick Swisher of Memorial Baptist Church. Ray received his formal education from Lyndon Baines Johnson High School and Austin Community College. Ray was employed with the Austin Independent School District, Department of Transportation.
Ray was a sports enthusiast. He enjoyed watching basketball, football, and baseball. His wisdom and extensive knowledge about the history and statistics of sports’ athletes were impressed upon him by the famous sports announcer, Howard Cosell.
Ray was blessed with a “Lighting” smile, which was tailored to his kindred spirit. He never met a stranger; whoever’s path he crossed he genuinely befriended them, seeking nothing in return. Ray delighted in being a cheerful giver. Ray’s character and demeanor were humbly likened to the scripture, “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. 1 Corinthians 13:4-8
Ray leaves in loving memory: sisters Evelyn Jewel Clark., Bobbie Jean Roland-Jones, Delores Hargrove, Brenda Robinson, Dara Robinson, Brothers, Willie Robinson, Jackie Robinson, Michael Robinson (Austin, TX), Woodie Robinson (Hendrickson, TX) and Otis Robinson Jr. (LaGrange, TX). Three nieces, nine nephews, fourteen great nieces, eleven great-nephews, sixteen great-great nieces, and seven great-great-nephews. Ray was wonderfully blessed in heritage by his nieces and nephews; his memories shall dwell in the hearts and minds of his loved ones, forever. Brother Ray was preceded in death by his loving and doting mother Mae Jewel Lightner, father H.T. Lightner, and brother Harold “Butch” Lightner.