William “Bill” Paray, 67, a native of Morgan City and a resident of Lafayette, passed away Friday, Feb. 8, 2013, at Our Lady of Lourdes in Lafayette.
Bill is survived by his loving wife of 44 years, Lela Wiggins Paray of Lafayette; two daughters, Tonya Whitley and her fiancé, Shawn Price, of Lafayette, and Dodie Andrus and her husband, Chris, of Lafayette; four sisters, Carrie Lange, Emily Thibodeaux, Martha Overbay and Julie Paray; eight grandchildren, Paul “P.J.” Whitley, Tanner Whitley, Madison Whitley, Brinnslee Picard, Tori Andrus, Matt Andrus, Leslie Price and Katherine Price; and one great-grandchild, Roman Whitley.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Alice Paray; two brothers, Lennis Paray and Harry Paray; and a sister, Alice Paray.
A veteran of the United States Navy, Bill was a wonderful husband and father. He enjoyed the game of golf and took pride in being a top notch salesman. To Bill, his greatest achievement was his children and grandchildren. He was respected by many and loved by all. For a man of few words, Bill often took on the role of surrogate father to many.
Visitation was observed Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, from 4:30 to 10 p.m. at Hargrave Funeral Home in Morgan City. Visitation resumed today, Monday, Feb. 11, 2013, at 9 a.m. until time of dismissal at Hargrave Funeral Home.
A Mass of Christian burial was held for Bill today, Monday, Feb. 11, 2013, at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Patterson with Father Donovan Labbe officiating. Interment followed in the church mausoleum with the East St. Mary Veteran’s Funeral Squad rendering military honors.
The family would like to express their heartfelt gratitude to each and every person who has assisted the family during Bill’s illness. A special thanks goes to the Kimball family.