Dr. Raymond A. Boston, 75, of Humboldt, formerly of Dyersburg, passed away on Friday, July 19, 2013 at his daughter’s residence.
He was the pastor for First Baptist Church in Dyersburg for 28 years. He was a recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary International and was Chaplin for Dyersburg Police Department and Dyersburg Fire Department. He was a graduate and Alumni of the Year of Union University, President of Tennessee Baptist Executive Board, Vice President of Tennessee Baptist Convention and President of New Orleans Theology Seminary Alumni Association. He was a member of Southern Baptist Convention Credentials Committee and a member of Alpha Tau Omega. He served as Pastor at First Baptist Church in Grand Junction, Wynnburg Baptist Church and First Baptist Church in Dresden, Humboldt, Dyersburg, Covington and Tiptonville. He was an outstanding Baptist Minister in the State of Tennessee. Mr. Boston was also a veteran of the U.S. Air Force.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at First Baptist Church in Dyersburg with the Rev. Mike Hickman, Dr. Walter Jackson, Dr. Don McCulley and Dr. John Jackson officiating.
Graveside services will be at 4 p.m. Monday at Ecru City Cemetery in Ecru, MS.
Survivors include his wife, Ann Bray Boston of Humboldt; two daughters, Marcy Ledbetter and husband, Sidney, of Tullahoma and Laurie Sharp and husband, Robert, of Helena, AL; a sister, Mary Jo Jackson of Bartlett; two brothers, Ned Boston of Iuka, MS and David Boston of Franklin; and four grandchildren, Matthew Ledbetter, Stephen Ledbetter, Boston Sharp and Anna Kathryn Sharp.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Dr. William and Mary Jane Plummer Boston; and a brother, James Boston.
Pallbearers will be Matt Ledbetter, Stephen Ledbetter, Boston Sharp, Frank Christie, James Bray and Richard Bray. Honorary pallbearers will be Deacons of First Baptist Church.
The family requests that memorials be directed to the building fund at First Baptist Church in Dyersburg or to Union University in Jackson, TN.
Kilgore Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.