Raymond Theodore Hundley

Published 3:28 pm Saturday, September 25, 2021

The Rev. Raymond Theodore Hundley was born on Sept. 14, 1930, in Oklahoma City, Okla. He passed from this life on Sept. 23, 2021, at the age of 91, in Lake Charles, La.

Ray was the son of The Rev. Clifford Hundley, an Assembly of God minister, and Elizabeth Mann Hundley, and he loved to talk about the years he spent growing up in a family for whom service to the Lord was a constant. Their humble homes filled with music, mischief and sometimes miracles. At the age of 14, Ray and his brothers Bob and Eddie became evangelists, traveling, preaching, and singing all over the South. After five-and-a-half years, Ray joined the Air Force during the Korean War. He never quit bragging about being voted “Airman of the Month” for the whole Air Force.

Upon leaving the service and with the call of God on his life, Ray attended Central Bible College in Springfield, Mo., graduating in 1958, and became an ordained Assembly of God minister, credentials which he held for 67 years. Over the course of his life, he pastored churches in Missouri, Louisiana, and Indiana– three years in Ozark, Mo., five years in Republic, Mo., ten  years in Joplin, Mo., seven years in Lake Charles, La., four years in Indianapolis, Ind., finishing up his full-time ministry with 23 years in Raytown, Mo. (In Lake Charles, Ray pastored Glad Tidings Assembly and oversaw the construction of the first building on the Texas Street property.) In every position, he either remodeled a facility or constructed a new one after building up the church attendance and finances. In retirement, Ray paraphrased the entire New Testament the first year and later had it published. Moving forward, he continued to serve his Lord and Savior by preaching and teaching whenever he could.

Ray is survived by his loving wife Melba of Lake Charles; son, Robin Hundley of Lee’s Summit, Mo., and four grandchildren, Chad (Amber) Burgbacher of Jacksonville, Fla., Jason (Jessica) Burgbacher of Summerville, S.C., Lindy (Josh) Johnson, missionary to Nepal, and Hobie (Meagan) Hundley of Pleasant Hill, Mo. Also mourning his loss are the family he gained by marriage, stepdaughters Faith Ferguson of Lake Charles and Lane Ramsay of Flora, Miss., stepson Gary (Sheila) Seaman of Huntington, Texas, and seven more grandchildren. In addition, he is survived by sisters Charlotte Sheffield and Linda Hundley of Mechanicsburg, Pa., 23 great-grandchildren and 4 great-great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers, one sister, his wife of 58 years, Wanda Clark Hundley, and daughter, Tania Rae Burgbacher.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021 at Hixson Funeral Home of Lake Charles beginning at 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. and will resume at Glad Tidings Church of Lake Charles on Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021 at 2 p.m. until 3 p.m. when a Celebration of Life will begin. Burial will be on Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2021 at Greene County Memorial Cemetery in Paragould, Ark. Bro. Gary Evers will be officiating at the services.

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