January 2, 1929 - April 6, 2021
Anthony Ray Lightell, Sr., formerly of Chalmette, LA for 55 years, passed away at the age of 92 on April 6, 2021 in Kingwood, Texas. He was preceded in death by his parents and his beloved wife of 59 years, Bertha Quere’ Erath, his grandson, Michael Murphy, and special friend, Pat Perkins. Ray was born January 2, 1929 in New Orleans, the only child of Patrick A. Lightell and Jeanne Bourgeois Lightell. He is survived by his son, A. Ray Lightell, Jr. and his daughter, Patricia Lightell Murphy and their spouses, Phillis Neeb Lightell and Robert E. Murphy Jr. and by his four grandchildren and their spouses, Robert E. Murphy III (Suzanne), Timothy P. Lightell, Amy L. Tamplain (Kerry) and James A. Lightell; and his three great-grandchildren, Cullen Murphy, Savannah Murphy, and Emelia Tamplain. He is also survived by brother-in-law Jerry Erath and sister-in-law Pat E. Sagnibene and numerous nieces and nephews.
While living in Chalmette, he spent most of his career employed by Kaiser Aluminum. He was a founder of the Kaiser Aluminum Federal Credit Union and served as its Treasurer for many years. After retiring from Kaiser Aluminum, he worked as a Memorial Counselor for Stewart Enterprises. He served on the Our Lady of Prompt Succor Catholic Church Finance Committee and was a long time Usher. After Hurricane Katrina, he moved to Kingwood, Texas to be near his daughter and cared for his wife during her illness. He served on the Kingwood Village Estates Homeowner Association as Treasurer for several years. He was a graduate of Holy Cross High School Class of 1947 and was Co-Captain of Brother Melchior’s first wrestling team. He was a true Holy Cross Man.
Ray was a kind, quiet and gentle giant who taught his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren the true meaning of being a man, a father and grandfather. Most of all, he was a friend to everyone who met him and willing to help anyone in any task. He especially enjoyed his weekly golf outing with brothers-in-law and friends.
He touched many lives during his 92 years. The world would be a much better place if there were more men like him. He lived a long and fruitful life and will be missed by those who knew him.
A funeral mass will be held at St. Martha Catholic Church on a future date to be scheduled.
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