Nancy Atkins Ray

  • Born: May 18, 1951
  • Died: September 7, 2021
  • Location: Charleston, South Carolina

J. Henry Stuhr West Ashley Chapel

3360 Glenn McConnell Parkway
Charleston, SC 29414

Tel. (843) 763.7664

Tribute & Message From The Family


Nancy passed away peacefully on September 7, 2021, after a full and rewarding life. She was a gifted middle school educator and administrator for more than 35 years in both Duval County, Florida and Horry County, South Carolina. She was passionate about her students and devoted to helping others realize their dreams. She is predeceased by her beloved husband, Allan; her brother, Mickey Atkins; and her parents, Jim and Lillian Atkins. She is survived by her son, Matthew; her sister, Sharon Fallon; a loving extended family; and many dear friends. For her, however, there was a family that included thousands of students whom she loved and nurtured, and fellow teachers with whom she stayed connected. She was also a talented artist who inspired those around her with a creative spirit that will last forever.

Born in 1951 in Jacksonville, Florida to Lillian and Jim Atkins, Nancy attended Terry Parker High School and graduated from Jacksonville University and University of North Florida with degrees in Education. She taught Science to 4th through 8th grades during her career, but was passionate on any subject that would develop the minds of young people. In 1988, she married Allan Ray, and they enjoyed over 28 years of marriage together in Pleasant View, South Carolina with the love of their life, son Matthew.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider a donation to any charitable organization seeking a cure for cancer.

A Celebration of Nancy's Life will be held at a later date, and will be available virtually for those who cannot attend in person. Arrangements by J. Henry Stuhr Inc., West Ashley Chapel.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Forever in our hearts! We made so many special memories, and I will always cherish them. Praying for peace, comfort and love to Matthew and all of the family! I will always love you, Mrs. Nancy Ray.

Posted by Courtney Lytton - Friend   September 19, 2021

I am very saddened to learn of Nancy's passing. Find comfort in the knowledge she is in Gods' care and one day you will see her and your Dad again. Stay safe and may God Bless you, Matthew.

Posted by Melissa Daniels    September 14, 2021

Your Mom was a very good friend at Terry Parker High!
She always had the most
wonderful laugh and smile!
My heart goes out to you Matthew and the family.
Nancy was always a light to
all who ever knew her!

Posted by Michael Stephen Hughes - Friend   September 12, 2021

May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief, and find comfort from knowing that God draws close to the broken-hearted.

Posted by T. D.    September 11, 2021


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