Hedrick, Luther Ray

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Luther Ray Hedrick, 95, of Christiansburg, Va., died on Monday, June 9, 2014 at Commonwealth Assisted Living at Christiansburg. Born on August 12, 1918 in Wythe County, Va. to the late Luther S. and Jessie Mae Hedrick, he lived most of his life in Wythe County, Roanoke, Va., and Botetourt County, Va. His last 3 years were spent in Christiansburg close to family. As a proud World War II veteran, Ray was a survivor of the Normandy Invasion and the Battle of the Bulge. He did what was asked of him, and didn’t expect any kind of recognition. The real heroes were buried at Normandy, France. He felt it an honor to serve his country.

Ray worked for many years at both the old Wright Motor Company in downtown Roanoke, and at Salem Motors in Salem, Va. He was a parts manager known for his knowledge of cars, parts, and care of his many loyal customers. For many years, Ray worked as a carpenter, building doll furniture, toys, doll houses, and all kinds of craft items. He also was an amateur Civil War historian, and could provide details of battles and generals that were astounding in its breadth and accuracy. At age 70, he began painting, a hobby he pursued until the end. Painting allowed him a creative outlet, and he delighted in painting pictures and giving them away. Our family has lost a story-teller, family historian, and repository of many wonderful memories.

Ray is survived by his daughter, Zelma and son-in-law, Charles Harris, of Pearisburg, Va.; one sister, Hope Hedrick Miller and husband, Sam, of Manassas, Va.; special cousins, Linda Vaught and Ruby Williams of Christiansburg, Va., and Greg Leedy of Stoverstown, Pa.; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife, Gustie; one brother, G. Stanley Hedrick; and three sisters, Helen H. Walters, Anna Maude H. Umberger, and Betty H. Holbrook.

A memorial service will be held at Luther Memorial Lutheran Church, 600 Prices Fork Rd., Blacksburg, VA, on Saturday, June 14, 2014 at 11 a.m. Pastors Bill King and Joanna Stallings will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, you may contribute to any Veteran’s Association or a charity of your choice.