History & Staff

We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.

Our History

Our History

In 1936, Vance Ray and his wife, Lydia, established Ray Funeral Home at its current location, 119 N. Market Street in Madison. Their son Steve joined the business in 1950. Vance Ray passed away in 1977, and Lydia Ray passed away in 1980.

The original wooden structure went through a major renovation in 1952 with the addition of a second story and brick veneering. In 1981, the corner lot beside the funeral home was acquired, and a chapel was constructed.

The funeral home remained under the ownership until 1986. At that time, the funeral home ownership passed from the Ray family to Forbis and Dick. This allowed the Forbis family to expand the quality of service and commitment to families that they were noted for in Guilford County into Rockingham County.

In 1997, with a desire to enhance our facilities and provide a more comforting and accommodating environment, the original funeral home was removed and was replaced with a new building. The new facilities provided two new spacious visitation rooms, a new conference room, a large casket selection room, and new office space. At that time, the chapel was renovated.

Ray Funeral Home is now under the management of Howie Terry, who resides in Stoneville with his wife and daughter.

Ray Funeral Home has been serving families in Rockingham County for over eighty years and our family would be honored to serve your family.

Our Valued Staff

  • Howie Terry

    Howie Terry Manager/Funeral Director

  • Bud Cardwell

    Bud Cardwell Funeral Assistant

  • Dale Durham

    Dale Durham Funeral Assistant

  • Jo Ann Elmore

    Jo Ann Elmore Funeral Assistant

  • Kaye Cook

    Kaye Cook Secretary

  • Ray Bullins

    Ray Bullins Funeral Assistant

  • Ricky Craddock

    Ricky Craddock Funeral Assistant

  • Sammy Martin

    Sammy Martin Funeral Assistant

  • Varnie Boyd

    Varnie Boyd Funeral Assistant