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Joshua Ray

March 7, 1973 — March 26, 2022

Joshua Ray, of Safford, entered into rest Saturday, March 26, 2022. He was 49.

He is survived by: his children, Joshua & Raelyne Ray, Jocelyn Ray, Kalyn Ray, Kylee Ray, and Kayson Ray; his grandchildren, Keirra Ray & Joshua Ray (Baby Josh); his father, Bobby Ray; his mother and stepfather, Jackie and Richard Phillips; his grandmother Mildred Louise Petty; His significant other, Robin Scherer; his siblings, Angela & Larry Portl, Brandon Ray, and Nathan & Margo Ray; his nieces and nephews, Jeron & Bella Portl, Kyler Portl, Seryna & Chuey Rios, Aliyah Ray & Alex Gonzales, Jadyn Ray, Dalecia Ray & David Gonzalez, Alyssa Ray, Bryson Portl, Brage Portl, & Brogan Portl. 

 Joshua is proceeded in death by: his papa, Lester Ray Petty & Micah Raymond Ray; his papa, John ray; and his granny, Pauline Ray. 


Joshua, also known as “Big Josh” or “Josh” was a father, son, uncle, brother, grandfather, and friend to many. He was known for his unconditional love for all his family and friends, especially his grandchildren. He absolutely loved the outdoors; camping, fishing, riding around at the river, just getting his hands dirty. He loved to be around his family and friends, making memories and just being the life of the party no matter what the occasion was. Josh was also the kind of person who no matter who you were or what your story was, he would help in any which way he could. He was loved by many & will be greatly missed. 

 Funeral services for Josh will be conducted Friday, April 8, 2022 at 2:00 p.m., at The River Community Church in Safford by Pastor David Chapman. Concluding services will follow in the Safford Cemetery.

The family will receive friends Friday afternoon, April 8, 2022, from 12:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m., also at The River Community Church in Safford.

Those who would like to attend the services via Facebook Live can join on The River Community Church, Friday, April 8, 2022, at 2:00 p.m. (MST).

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