Ray Richard Fannon, age 69, died surrounded by his loved ones on Wednesday, April 25, 2018. He was born in Coeburn, Virginia to Ray Columbus and Edna (Gibson) Fannon on September 17, 1948. He is preceded in death by both parents, brothers Roy Raymond, James Henry, Allen Walker, sisters Addie Marie, Louise and Rose Ann. Left to cherish his memory are wife Sharon Stone of Grand Prairie; son Michael Ray Fannon of Cheltenham, Maryland; son Donald Eric Stone of Grand Prairie, Texas; son Duane Eugene Stone and partner Trinidad of Fort Worth, Texas; Daniel Evan Stone and wife Erin of Buffalo, Texas; brother Ray “Frosty” Fannon of Funktons, Maryland; sister Loretta Dalrymple of Calvert Beach, Maryland; 5 Grandchildren, Dominic Michael Fannon, Eliana Suzette Stone, Izzie Stone, Harper Stone and Logan Stone along with numerous extended family and friends. To honor Ray’s living requests, no services will be held, but all family and friends are encouraged to go to www.brownmem.com, and share your memories and stories of Ray with the family, or donate to his desired donation of the American Cancer Society. In closing we leave you with one of Ray’s favorite poems…..
God saw you getting tired
And a cure was not to be
So he put His arms around you
And whispered "Come to me."
With tearful eyes we watched you
As you slowly slipped away
And though we loved you dearly
We couldn't make you stay.
Your golden heart stopped beating
Your tired hands put to rest
God broke our hearts to prove to us
He only takes the best.
- God Saw You Getting Tired, by Frances and Kathleen Coelho