Ray Jarrett

  • Born: April 23, 1933
  • Died: February 8, 2015
  • Location: Spartanburg, South Carolina

The J. F. Floyd Mortuary

235 North Church Street
Spartanburg, SC 29306

Tel. (864) 582-5451

Tribute & Message From The Family

Johnny Ray Jarrett, Sr. "Ray", 81, passed from this life on Sunday, February 8, 2015 in Spartanburg, SC, after a long illness. Born April 23, 1933 in Roebuck, SC to Ralph Jarrett and Mildred Foster Cannon, he was raised by his beloved grandparents, Minnie and John Foster with his siblings George of Roebuck, SC, and the late John Henry and Claude Foster.

A U. S. Army veteran, Ray was an excellent golfer with a great love of the sport. He was a long time member of First Baptist Church, Spartanburg, SC and retired from Calloway Chemical Company.

He is survived by his wife of nearly 60 years, Carolyn Gwinn Jarrett; his children, Lynne Jarrett Oblachinski (Kirby) of Irmo, SC, Johnny Ray Jarrett, Jr. (Christy), and Teena Jarrett, all of Spartanburg, SC; and nephew, Dennis Gowan (Susan) of Charlotte, NC; grandchildren, Joshua Oblachinski, Jennifer Bessent Bagnal (Matt), Jessica Bessent Major (Kevin) of Irmo, SC, Julianna Bessent King (Alex) of Kingsport, TN, Catlyn Jarrett of Boiling Springs, SC, and Seth Oblachinski who preceded him in death in 2011; great-grandchildren, Jordyn Caitlyn Disher, Grayson McGregor Major, Ashlynne Taylor Bagnal, Addison Grace Bagnal, and Peyton Rae King. He was beloved Poppy to all his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be 6:00-8:00 PM Tuesday, February 10, 2015, at Floyd's Greenlawn Chapel, 2075 E. Main St., Spartanburg, SC 29307. Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 PM Wednesday, February 11, 2015, at First Baptist Church, 250 E. Main St., Spartanburg, SC 29306. Private burial will be in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Encouraging Word Ministry, PO Box 2110, Spartanburg, SC 29304 or online at www.theencouragingword.org

The family is at the home.

Floyd's Greenlawn Chapel


Condolence & Memory Journal

Uncle Ray was one of my Daddy's (Claude Foster) favorite relatives. He always had a smile! I cherish the memories I have of Ray & Carolyn at Grandma Foster's house in Roebuck. He was such a strong, smart and kind man. May he rest in peace.

Posted by Donna Foster Kirby - Clayton, NC   February 12, 2015

Carolyn, I am so sorry to read of Ray's passing. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Dianne Nodine Monk - Charleston, SC   February 11, 2015


You were more like an Uncle than a cousin. Daddy (Claude) always consider you a brother! I will always remember you as a big man with a big heart and always joking around with me. May you now R.I.P. with all your other "brothers". Carolyn, you and the family are in my thoughts and prayers. I am sorry but I am unable to travel so I will not be able to get down there.
With all my love.
Cathy Foster Ray

Posted by Cathy Foster Ray - Bunn, NC - cousin   February 10, 2015

Carolyn and family, I am so sorry to learn of our dear sweet Ray's passing...He was always a very special, sweet, kind and Godly man...I will remember him mostly when I worked at American Fast Print and he sold chemicals ...Then discovered we were related and he knew my Daddy....He showed up at a funeral of my family and from then on, we were "BESTIES"...Sending you and the family my deepest regrets and sympathies ..Love To You All..You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Brenda Dunagin Bennett

Posted by Brenda Dunagin Bennett - Spartnaburg, SC - distant relative, assoc.in work   February 10, 2015

I remember Ray's visits to Gran Gran Jarrett's house in Roebuck, SC. I remember his visits to Daddy (Charles E. Moore of Moore, SC) and how he always had a joke and a smile.

I enjoyed going to First Baptist Church and seeing him there. He meant a lot to our family and I'm sorry to hear of his passing.

I know that he is well, he is out of pain and he and Daddy are sitting around with Gran Gran and Papa Jarrett telling "fishing" stories in heaven tonight.

Love You,

Jean Moore Sanderson

Posted by Jean Moore Sanderson - Oneonta, AL - Great Uncle   February 10, 2015

To all who loved him Uncle Ray will be missed. I love his smile and laugh Ted the most. Uncle Ray eyes always sparked like the evening stars. Love you always.

Posted by Kathy Sewell - spartanburg, SC - niece   February 09, 2015

Ray will always be in my fond memory's. He was my Textile Sales Mentor at Callaway Chemical. He was a great traveling companion and will always be missed.

Posted by Eddy & Sandy Blackman - Erwin, NC - Work Associate and Good Friend   February 09, 2015


Thinking of you all in this sad time... May The Father wrap you all in His loving arms and give you the peace and comfort that only He can provide..

Posted by Joyce Owens - Decatur, AL - friend to Lynne   February 09, 2015


I enjoyed sitting near the Jarrett's at the 11 am service on Sunday's at 1st Baptist many years ago. My deepest sympathy to Teena, Mrs. Jarrett, and the rest of the family.

Posted by Fran Bagwell    February 09, 2015