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Jefferson Davis Ray

Clergyman , educator

Jefferson Davis Ray, American clergyman, educator.

Background

Ray, Jefferson Davis was born on November 24, 1860 in Victoria, Texas, United States. Son of William L. and Ava (Dollahite) Ray.

Education

Diploma National School of Oratory, Philadelphia, 1879. Bachelor of Arts, Baylor University, 1882, Doctor of Divinity, 1903. Student Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, 1895-1897, University of Chicago, 2 summers.

Career

Ordained Baptist ministry, 1882. Pastor Huntsville, Texas, 1882-1885 and 1889-1895. Director Baptist S.S. and colportage work in Texas, 1886-1889.

Pastor, Eminence, Kentucky, 1895-1897, Caldwell, Texas, 1897-1901, Corsicana, 1901-1903, Waco, 1903-1907. Professor homiletics Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, Texas, since 1907. Baptist camp pastor, Camp Bowie, Texas, World War I.

Connections

Married Josephine Wood, October 21, 1884 (died 1918). Married second, Lillian Spight, January 4, 1922 (died July 22, 1937).

father:
William L. Ray

mother:
Ava (Dollahite) Ray

spouse:
Josephine Wood

spouse:
Lillian Spight