There will be a celebration of life graveside service for Claude Ray Airhart, 92, of Hornbeck, Louisiana at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 20, 2023, at Prewitts Chapel Cemetery with Reverends Wayne Chance and Nick Hilton officiating under the direction of Jeane’s Funeral Service. The pallbearers will be Trent Airhart, Paul Wanjura, Austin Sanders, Danny Airhart, Johnny Airhart, and Brian Airhart.
A visitation will be held at Prewitts Chapel Baptist Church on Tuesday, September 19, from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Ray passed peacefully at home on September 15, 2023, with his wife of 78 years, Emogene, by his side. He retired from the City of Pasadena after 32 years of service. He was a faithful member of Pasadena First Baptist Church where he served as a deacon and drove the church bus. After retiring, Ray and Emogene moved back home to Hornbeck where he served as a deacon at Prewitts Chapel in Plainview.
Ray is survived by his wife, Emogene Airhart of Hornbeck; son, Donnie Airhart and wife Sharen of Pasadena, TX; daughter, Sheryl Gonzales and husband Art of Decatur, AL; son, Rickey Airhart and wife Michelle of Mobile, AL; five grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; twelve great-great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, and friends.
Ray was preceded in death by his parents, Sullivan & Alice Airhart; daughter, Barbara Kay; brother, Billy Airhart; and sisters, Othal Walters, Ruth Curtis, Virginia Hale, Iva Lee Smart, and Juanita Browning.