Troy Cannon Ray Sr. was born on August 23, 1949 to Horace Cannon Jr. and
Dorothy Mae Ray in Porter Oklahoma. He met a Galveston girl; fell for
her and so married Ellen Rose Richardson on December 19, 1970 in LaMarque,
Texas. To this union five children were born: four sons – Troy Canon
Jr. (T.J), Trent Cannon (Duck), Terrance Cannon (Tiger) and Horace Cannon
III (Pony); and one Daughter – Deanna MiChelle (Sweesie).
Troy was preceded in death by his parents and his sister Patricia Deanna Ray.
Troy symbolized his dedication to Jehovah and was baptized as one of His
Witnesses on July 28, 1964. Shortly after his marriage, he was met with
a test of faith. Because of his strong spiritual convictions, he refused
to participate in war and was so imprisoned for 18 months, serving as
a conscientious objector in Seagoville, Texas.
In the years of 2013 and 2014, Troy served as a regular pioneer, devoting
70 hours a month in preaching the Kingdom News. His goal was to attend
the Pioneer Service School, which however was postponed. His service also
included active ministerial duties in the Peoria Congregation. He and
Rose served as
while this Kingdom Hall was under construction. They referred to this duty as
"baby sitting" the Kingdom Hall.
He leaves to morn his wife Rose, his 5 children, two daughters-in-law:
Jennifer and Jessica Ray, his son-in-law Shane Hale, and his granddaughters
Alize' Nicole and Ameriah Rose. He also leaves one grandson Bryson
Jordan and a great-grandson Alexander.
Troy will be missed by a great host of family, relatives and spiritual friends!
A memorial service for Troy will be held 10:30 a.m., Saturday, December
20, 2014 at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witness, 2626 North Lewis Avenue.
Please leave a condolence in the online guestbook below.