Raymond C Delp – November 25, 1926/February 6, 2013

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delp_1360272862On November 25, 1926 Raymond Cromwell Delp was born in a small rural town named Stotesbury, in the mountains of southern West Virginia. He was the fifth child of Robert Lee Delp and Cynthia DeEtta (Truitt) Delp who produced thirteen children. Raymond is survived by one brother, Elmer Delp, of Beckley, WV and one sister Janet Caulder, of Fairmont, NC.

During his school years, he attended Mark Twain High School and Matoka Junior High before enlisting in the U.S. Navy on November 24, 1942, one day before his sixteenth birthday. He served in World War II as a Seabee in the 72nd Construction Battalion for three years before returning home to marry Chloe Roverta Hornsby on October 5, 1946.

Raymond worked thirty-eight years in the coal fields of West Virginia before retiring due to a mining accident at the age of fifty-eight. The last twenty-nine years he has enjoyed time with his family as well as fishing and bowling, rolling at least one perfect score. He was an avid fan of the Dallas Mavericks, Texas Rangers, Dallas Cowboys, and West Virginia Mountaineers. He resided with his wife in Cedar Hill, TX near Trinity Church, where they are members and sang in the choir.

jaynesRay is survived by his wife, Chloe and their four children: Carole, married to Gerald Whittington of Greenville, MS; Randy Delp and wife, Terry of Cedar Hill, TX; Vicki, married to Michael O’Neal of West Monroe, LA; and Ramona Gail, married to Philip Toven of Desoto, TX.

Raymond was the patriarch of nine grandchildren: Sherry Forbes, Elizabeth City, NC; Mitzi Hunter, Grace, MS; Jennifer Portera, Oxford, MS, Kevin Delp, Cedar Hill, TX; Michael O’Neal II and Andrea Steffins, West Monroe, LA; Kim Johnson, Lancaster, TX; Angela Johnson, Edmond, OK and Christa Tracy, Dallas, TX.

He was also survived by fourteen great grandchildren; Briley and Braden Forbes; Tanner and Parker Hunter; Liza Whitt and Owen Portera; Mason and Ragen Delp; Michael David III and Julia O’Neal; Victoria, Katheryn, Alexandra, and Caroline Steffins.

Ray and Chloe have produced a generation of Musicians, Doctors, Nurses, Businessmen/women, Business Owners, Ministers, and Educators, all of which are actively serving the Lord.

In October 8, 2011 the family celebrated Ray and Chloe Delp’s 65th Anniversary.  At his passing, their four children have collectively been married 167 years. Their grandchildren have collectively been married 114 years.  Including Ray and Chloe’s 66 years of marriage, the total years of married life of Ray and Chloe’s family is 347 years.

Services are 2:00 pm Tuesday, February 12, 2012 at Jaynes Memorial Chapel.  Visitation will be 6-8 pm Monday at Jaynes Chapel. Burial will be at a later date at the Dallas – Ft. Worth National Cemetery in Dallas.  A complete obituray will be forthcoming.