Ray Frank Fleming July 14, 1936 ~ May 22, 2013
June 07, 2013, 8:00 am by Staff Reports
Ray graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in Chemical Engineering. Mr. Fleming worked for multiple companies in the petro-chemical industry including Georgia Gulf Corporation, the M.W. Kellogg Company and Petro Tex Chemical Corporation. Upon his retirement, Ray and his wife Becky, moved to Sunrise Beach Village where they owned and operated The Corner Store, a convenience store and gas station, for 12 years before they opened "The Strand,” a local Sunrise Beach luncheon establishment, where the shorter hours suited them both just fine. It was the final destination for many as the food was good and the conversation was plentiful. Ray also was a city council member for 12 years in Sunrise Beach Village, and was a retired member of the Sunrise Beach Volunteer Fire Department.
He is survived by his sons, Ray Fleming of Austin and Matthew D. Fleming and his partner Tommie Rimes of Lakeland, Fla.; daughter, Elizabeth Fleming-Larratt and her husband Glenn Larratt of Ithaca, N.Y.; and grandchildren Colin and Connor Larratt; sisters Joyce Bennett and her husband Larry of Cape Coral, Fla. and Sharon Swathwood and her husband Ken of Canadian Lakes, Mich.
He is preceded in death by his parents and his wife Becky Fleming.
A gathering to celebrate his life will be held from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday, June 22 at the Civic Center in Sunrise Beach Village. The inurnment at Lakeland Hills Memorial Park will be private.
The family asks that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the Sunrise Beach Volunteer Fire Department or the American Cancer Society.
Cremation arrangements made by Putnam Funeral Home and Crematorium, Kingsland.
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