Ray McKissack

Obituary of Ray McKissack

MCKISSACK, Harold “Ray,” age 67, of Hendersonville, passed away August 29, 2017. Mr. McKissack was preceded in death by his parents, William and Lola Godsey McKissack; brother, Billy McKissack. He is survived by his wife, Elaine Pace McKissack; daughters, Angie (Brent) Cotten and Amanda (Kevin) Swinger; sister, Clara (Charles) Tidwell; grandchildren, Morgan Cotten, Anna Cotten, Ike Swinger, Zane Swinger and Chaz Swinger; great-granddaughter, Ava Grace Cotten; many members of the Pace Family along with numerous nieces and nephews.

Ray was born on June 12, 1950 in Winston County, Alabama. He met the love of his life at church in the Spring of 1965 and later married her on November 23, 1967. They had two daughters, Amanda and Angie. He loved his family and they adored him.

In addition to his family, Ray loved the Lord and his church. He was proud to be a Christian and loved sharing his faith with others. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Hendersonville (The Mike Brown Class).

He lived life to the fullest with a passion for playing guitars, flying airplanes and watching Alabama football. He was an avid guitar player and received his first guitar as a gift from his Grandpa Godsey at the age of 8. He loved gospel music and could often be found picking and singing with friends and family. His flying career began in his early 30’s. He has been in the air ever since. He especially loved flying with his grandkids, nephew and airport buddies. In the Fall if he wasn’t picking or flying he could be found watching the game with Elaine who traditionally wore her “Bama Jamas” for good luck.

Funeral Services will be held on Sunday, September 3rd at 2 pm at the First Baptist Church in Hendersonville, TN, with Dr. Bruce Chesser officiating. Interment will be at Hendersonville Memory Gardens. Visitation with the family will begin at the funeral home on Saturday, September 2nd from 4-7 pm and Sunday, September 3rd from 1 pm until service time at the First Baptist Church.

Pallbearers will be Kevin Swinger, Brent Cotten, Ike Swinger, Zane Swinger, Chaz Swinger, Kevin Tidwell, Brian Tidwell and Brian Harrell. Honorary Pallbearers will be friends at Portland Municipal Airport along with The Mike Brown Sunday School Class at First Baptist Church in Hendersonville.

The family requests in lieu of flowers that memorial donations be made to First Baptist Hendersonville Benevolence Fund.

Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home at Hendersonville, 108 Monthaven Blvd., Hendersonville, TN 37075, 615-265-8535, obit line, 615-758-8818, www.sellarsfuneralservices.com.