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Ms. Amy Kahlil Ray, age 47, passed away Saturday, November 12, 2022, in Alpharetta, Georgia from complications associated with pancreatic cancer. She was born June 28, 1975, in Tallahassee, Florida to Dewey E. Ray and Martha S. Ray Brooks.
Amy grew up in Tallahassee, Florida, attended Leon County public schools, and graduated from Milton High School in Alpharetta, Georgia. After high school, she enrolled at Berry College under the Georgia Hope Scholarship program, later transferring to Florida State University where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education. After working several years as a teacher with the Florida public school system and as executive director of a children’s education center, she decided to make a vocation change, which led to a successful career in sales with several technology companies, most recently as a sales executive with an international information technology services firm based in Atlanta.
Amy was a passionate Christian and life-long Episcopalian who loved her church. Her strong faith enabled her to overcome the many challenges that she encountered, and, in turn, prepared her to share her trust in God with others. As a result, she was able to witness to many people along the way, helping them find a path to serenity and eternal life.
Amy loved her family and especially adored her nephews Harper and Myles. From their arrival until her passing they were a significant part of her life, and she spent countless hours with them at their home in Waynesville, North Carolina or connecting with them through technology. As a result, over the years a special bond developed between “Aunt Amy” and her nephews that will forever enrich their lives.
Music was also a major part of Amy’s life, and she was blessed with talent. Beginning with All State Chorus in high school and continuing throughout her life, Amy was always involved in musical activities. She sang in the choir at St. John’s Episcopal church in Tallahassee, Florida and Grace in The Mountains Episcopal church in Waynesville, North Carolina and was a member of the St. Martin in the Fields Episcopal church handbell choir in Atlanta. She also played the piano, guitar, and – her favorite instrument – the baritone ukulele, often performing with friends and family.
Amy is survived by her parents Dewey and Martha, her sister Lauren Ray Bishop, brother-in-law Blair Bishop, and her beloved nephews Harper and Myles Bishop. In addition to her immediate family, she is blessed with numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends who mourn her passing.
A memorial service for Amy will be held at 2:00 PM, Saturday, December 10, 2022, at St. Martin in The Fields Episcopal Church located at 3110 Ashford Dunwoody Road, Brookhaven, GA 30319.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Amy's memory to Grace Church in the Mountains, 394 N. Haywood St. Waynesville, NC 28786 by sending a check with "Memorial Fund" in the memo line or you may give to St. Martin in the Fields Episcopal Church, PO Box 190109, Brookhaven, GA 31119 with "Bell Choir" in the memo line.
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