ONEONTA - Raymond James Cameron, of Salem, South Carolina, formerly Oneonta, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on May 19, 2017.
Ray was born on Jan. 16, 1947, the son of Beverly O'Kelly Thomson, who survives.
Raymond is survived by his loving wife of 49 years, Ethel; son, Richard (Diane) and daughter, Beverly (Edwin) Murch; brothers, Dave (Linda), Jon Alan (Candy), Richard, Brian (Judy), Robert (Gina) and sister, Liz.
He loved his family and was proud Gramp to grandchildren, Crystal, Brandon (Jessica), Jessie, Jarod, Bubby, Connor (Lea) and Taylor (Marissa) and Pop to great-grandchildren, Ashlee, Isaiah, Zach, Sean, Emma, Hannah, Alayna, Hayden and Connor.
Ray's greatest passion was music. He played a double-neck guitar professionally for 30 years and sang in the bands, 69th Amendment, Broad Street and Double Exposure. For several years, he wrote instrumentals which are playing in Asia.
Ray was predeceased by his father, Richard Thomson; brother, Howard; niece, Carrie Wahl; and childhood friend, Kenny Anderson.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to Beverly Murch, 112 Strong Crossing Road, Laurens, NY 13796, for the Raymond James Music Award that will be given annually to a deserving student involved in music.
At Ray's request, there will be no services. All friends and family are invited to celebrate his life from 1 to 4 p.m., Sunday, June 4, at the Laurens American Legion. There will be a military guard salute at 4 p.m.
Arrangements by the Lewis, Hurley & Pietrobono Funeral Home, 51 Dietz St., Oneonta,www.lhpfuneralhome.com.
Published on May 23, 2017