A native of Knoxville, Ray attended Walters State Community College and Tennessee Technological University, graduating with a BS in Computer Science.
His work life began with the Navy and Air Force where he managed large-scale programs.
During his time with the Air Force in Tullahoma, TN, he pursued his law degree at night in Nashville. Upon successfully completing his JD and passing the bar, he moved to private industry and worked for a computer services company while maintaining a successful private practice.
Ray is a Master Mason at Bright Hope Lodge. He was on the Board of Directors for Angelic Ministries for 10 years, a volunteer driver for Love Kitchen’s food delivery service, and taught Sunday School at Riverdale Baptist Church. He also served as Chairman of the Knox County Republican Party.
Ray is married to Belynda Baxter, and together they have four children, Trevor, Ray, Drew, and Leah. He is also blessed with three grandchildren, Hattie James ,Georgia Ray, and Cullen Wells.