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Ray Anthony Wilhoite

December 31, 1958 ~ January 2, 2022 (age 63)


Ray Anthony Wilhoite was born to James and Viola (both preceded him in death) on December 31, 1958, in Cleveland, Ohio. He attended East High School and graduated in 1976. In 1979, he met his soulmate Patricia Allen at State Jewelry's and Distributors. They dated and then got married on May 22, 1982. From this union, their first child Desiree' was born. He started working for the Post office in 1986 as a letter carrier. He wore many hats at the post office, including Union Stewart and Supervisor. In 1993, their second and final child Krystal was born.

Ray played in many softball leagues and coached various teams with the help of his long-time friends, Donald and Larry. He later started several teams with Donald. He enjoyed going to Comic-Con with his nephew Kenny. Each year they would work on their costumes and dress up accordingly. Each year on his birthday, the family would get together and have the annual all-night Monopoly game event with trophies and lots of fun. Ray was known for his DJ skills and would entertain and make people dance and smile with the music he played at various events with "no requests." He loved to watch movies and told you everything about the movie while you were watching it. He was the smartest, most intelligent man you will ever know, just ask him.

Education was very important to him. He always pushed everyone in the family to get their diploma. Ray went on to continue his education graduating from Tri-C in 1990. He was an unpublished author. In the last couple of years, Ray began prepping for the "SHTF," and became known as the Urban Grandpa Prepper. He had his own YouTube channel and aided and assisted his many faithful subscribers. He even started his own urban garden. He was an advent Cleveland sports fan.

He leaves behind to cherish his memories; his wife Patricia, his children Desiree' (Mike) and Krystal, his grandson Jamie, his siblings, Joe (preceded in death), Betty (Archie preceded in death), James (Theresa), Vanessa, Vernon (preceded in death), and Tanja. His in-laws Larry (preceded in death), Barbara (Eusabio preceded in death), Michael (preceded in death), and Nichole (Cedric). A host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and "countless" friends. He also leaves behind his grandpups Max, Guinea Pig, and Indigo.

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 Service Program


Public Viewing
January 7, 2022

9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Watson's Funeral Home
10913 Superior Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44106

Funeral Service
January 8, 2022

10:00 AM
Mt Sinai Baptist Church
7510 Woodland Ave
Cleveland, OH 44104

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