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Karen Jean Batson Ray

Karen Jean Batson Ray, 56, of Oxford, NC, passed away Saturday, September 3, 2022.

Born in Mecklenburg County, she was the daughter of the late James McClaude Batson II, and Norma Jean McBroom Batson.

Karen was a member of the St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church. Throughout her life, she struggled with many health issues. So with that and many other trials that she has had to endure, her family is at peace that she is now at rest. She loved her family and friends dearly.

Surviving are her husband of twenty-five years, Frank Ray; one son Jacob Ray; two special people who were like daughters to her, Malissa Rogers (Ron), and Dorris Galspy (Jay); one brother, James M. Batson III (Terry); a cousin Mary McBroom; and her best and dearest friend, Michelle Kichman (Richard).

A private memorial service will be held by the family at a later date.


  • Taffy Jones Posted September 5, 2022 3:48 pm

    Rest in peace my dear, sweet friend. I will see some sweet day and we will dance clods with the angels!!! Love you

  • Yolanda Mallory ( Lady) Posted September 7, 2022 9:57 am

    Jacob (Guy), You and your family have my deepest condolences.Praying your strength at this difficult time!

  • Barb and Lou Posted September 8, 2022 4:26 pm

    Our heartfelt sympathy to Frank and Jacob. Karen was a dear friend to us and we were blessed to know her. Quite possibly the toughest, funniest, most irreverent, most amazing people I have ever had the privilege to call friend for 30 wonderful years. So many wonderful memories. We will miss her dearly until we see her again someday.

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