Raymond Gray ‘Ray’ Laird

Published 2:43 pm Monday, May 21, 2018

Mr. Raymond “Ray” Gray Laird, 40, died on Friday, May 18, 2018, in his home surrounded by his family and friends.

He was born Jan. 14, 1978, in Forsyth County. He proudly served his country his adult life. He joined law enforcement in 1999, and was a veteran of the U.S. Army National Guard, having joined in 2000. On Sept. 6, 2003, he married his soulmate, Angie. They welcomed two children, Billy (13) and Natalie (9) who were the most important part of his life. He was passionate about his work and achieved many accolades and awards. He strived to be better for himself and for those around him. This was evident in the effort and energy he dedicated to everything, especially for his cadets as a BLET instructor. His caring heart, witty sense of humor and contagious personality will be missed.

He was preceded in death by his father, Billy Gray Laird; and his father-in-law, Miguel Rodriguez.

Survivors: his wife, Angie; children, Billy and Natalie; mother and stepfather, Donna and Jack Thomas; mother-in-law, Rosa Rodriguez; brother-in-law, Freddy Rodriguez and his wife Luisa; his niece; his nephews; and extended family and friends.

A service to celebrate his life will be conducted at 6 p.m., Friday, May 25 at Eaton Funeral Chapel with his closest friend, Jesse Butcher, officiating. Military honors will be conducted by the U.S. Army National Guard. The family will receive friends at the funeral home following the service.

Memorials: www.youcaring.com/raymondlaird-984500 a fund established for Angie, Billy and Natalie.

Condolences: www.eatonfuneralservice.com.