Obituary for Dr. P. Laray Rector

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Dr. Ponder Laray Rector, 55, local dentist and resident of Columbia, died unexpectedly Monday, Dec. 1, 2014, in Maury County.

The Nashville native was the son of Peggy Smith Rector of Columbia and the late Ponder C. Rector. He was a graduate of Columbia Central High School, Freed Hardeman University, Memphis State University, and received his dental degree from West Virginia University Dental School. He was an avid cyclist. Dr. Rector was an active member of Graymere Church of Christ where he served as a Deacon, taught Bible classes, participated in many youth activities, and was involved in Tuesday Morning Bible class.

He was preceded in death by his father, Ponder C. Rector, and father-in-law, Leonard W. "L.W." Byrd.

Survivors include his wife, Susan Byrd Rector of Columbia, whom he married Sept. 19, 1980; sons, Evan (Catherine) Rector of Brentwood and Alex (Emily) Rector of Brentwood; mother, Peggy Smith Rector of Columbia; sister, Mrs. Paula (J.W.) Gilliam of Columbia; brothers, Phil (Charlotte) Rector, Keith (Cindy) Rector, and Lynn (Angie) Rector, all of Columbia; granddaughter, Corinne "Cori" Laray Rector; mother-in-law, Sue Byrd of Columbia; nieces and nephews, Amber (Nathan) Owens, Tara (Austin) Simmons, and Dalton Rector; sister-in-law, Karen (Ricky) Thompson; several nieces and nephews; and several great-nieces and great-nephews.

Funeral services will be conducted Friday at 11 a.m. at Graymere Church of Christ with John Vaughan officiating. Private burial will follow in Polk Memorial Gardens. The family will visit with friends Friday from 9 to 11 a.m. at the church.

Pallbearers will be Chris Webb, Darren Dykes, Kenny Marshall, Dr. Dwayne Fulks, Joe Bedwell, Bobby Bishop, Clay Johnson, Randall Wilson, Dr. Tim Gordon, Dr. Doug Wilburn, Dr. Barry England, Dr. Jim Marshall, Maylon McAdams, Wes Duncan, Byran Farris, Ricky Thompson, Austin Simmons, Dr. Nathan Owens, Phil Rector, Keith Rector, Lynn Rector, Todd Rector, Jesse Gilliam, Chad Rector, Dalton Rector, Rachel Gilliam, Amanda Clayton, Amy Yanora, Robin Wilkes, Bill Smith, Dr. Steven Donchetti, Doug Turner, Becky Loeffler, Charlie McCary, and the office staff of Dr. Laray Rector.

To honor the family's wishes please make memorials to Evan's Fund at First Farmers & Merchants Bank, ATTN: Stephen Hughes, P.O. Box 1148, Columbia, TN, 38402 or Columbia Academy, 1101 West 7th St., Columbia, TN 38401, or Freed-Hardeman University, 158 E. Main St., Henderson, TN 38340, or Timothy Hill Children's Ranch, 298 Middle Road, Riverhead, NY, 11901.

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