It is with deep sorrow and heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Bill (Billy) Ray. Bill was a co-founder of Notary2Pro with his wife, Carol, and daughter Barbara. In addition to being her devoted husband for sixty years, Bill was a constant source of support and guidance for Carol as she started the business, and he was where all of us looked for leadership, advice, and direction after her passing. Although Bill was not always a public part of the company, his financial acumen, good, common sense, and deep commitment to fulfilling Notary2Pro’s vision values to care for our students and give them the tools to succeed in work and in life were touchstones for the company.
Like his wife Carol, Bill came to Notary2Pro after a long career. Working his way up from loading trucks, Bill retired as an executive in the trucking industry. He also founded and operated successful businesses, including messenger and bookkeeping businesses. Bill was a US Army veteran. He was perhaps most proud of his service as an Airborne soldier, completing more than 40 jumps while with the 82nd Airborne. In retirement, Bill joined the US Coast Guard Auxiliary and rose in the ranks to senior leadership roles, helping people with safe boating by conducting hundreds of voluntary vessel exams and training other auxiliary members nationally. Bill’s lifelong service and deep commitment to the United States Military have made Notary2Pro so supportive of veterans and their families.
He was known to family and close friends as a man of very few words. But those words always made good sense and were impactful. He was plain-spoken, direct, and sometimes gruff. Yet, Bill often surprised his family by speaking loquaciously, usually with great humor, with complete strangers from every walk of life. People who met him were charmed by him and shared that he was recognizable as someone who carried great wisdom worth listening to.
Today, the US Flag in front of the small office he worked out of is flying at half-mast in recognition of our hero’s passing. Bill was very humble. He never saw himself as a hero or someone worthy of praise. Orphaned at eight years old, he had the very definition of a hardscrabble upbringing. He was raised on a ranch in Lampasas, Texas, by relatives who treated him as a hired hand. He somehow grew up to be a man who took his responsibilities as a father, provider, husband, and friend as sacred obligations. His family will always remember his willingness to get and go to work, to do whatever was necessary, regardless of hardship, sickness, or difficult circumstances.
Bill is survived by his youngest daughter, Lori, his son, Michael, daughter-in-law Irma and his granddaughters, Chelsea and Caitlin.
The family requests that donations be made to the Gary Sinise Foundation in lieu of flowers or other kind gestures (https://www.garysinisefoundation.org/).
Thank you for keeping Bill Ray and our family in your thoughts and prayers during this time.
Michael Ray and Lori Glockner, Notary2Pro