Oscar Ray Moss

November 9, 1930 - January 17, 2020
Oscar Ray Moss

KANNAPOLIS: Rev. O. Ray Moss, 89, of Kannapolis, passed away peacefully at an assisted living facility in Williamsburg, VA, Friday, Jan 17, 2020. Born Nov 9, 1930, to the late Joe Moss and Mamie Fink Moss. He grew up on Oak Street and talked fondly of his childhood days, running around the small North Carolina town he loved dearly.

Ray was a servant of the Lord Jesus Christ and served in full-time ministry with the United Methodist Church. In 1982, Ray moved from North Carolina to settle in Greenville South Carolina where he served as director of addition programs in the Hospital System. After retirement, Ray and Betty returned to their beloved Kannapolis where they served the community in many ways. Ray was elected Mayor of Kannapolis and served two terms 1997 – 2005. His delight was to see his little town grow to what it is today. The transition years from the closing of Pillowtex, expansion and development of the downtown area was his consistent prayer for years. Ray, simply put, adored Kannapolis.

Ray was active with the local AA groups and supported many of its members.

Ray was proceeded by wife Betty and sister Sarah Hardin. Ray and Betty were married nearly 70 years and leave behind daughter Cindy Moss Rogers (Bob) of Williamsburg, VA, son Peter Moss (Carolyn) of Waipahu, HI, grandson Daryl, and granddaughter Emily. A celebration of life service will be held for Ray and his wife Betty, who passed away in Oct 19 at Jackson Park United Methodist Church, Kannapolis, NC, Thursday, Feb 27, 2020, at 2:00 PM.


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  • January 19, 2020
    Patty Harris says:
    Ray and Betty were dear friends of my parents ( George & Jewel Isenhour). My dad thought of Ray as a brother and the feelings were mutual. Ray was a very kind and gentle man. Condolences to the family.

  • January 22, 2020
    David Doss says:
    Ray was my spiritual guide and mentor for the last 15 years. What a gentle giant and living example of Christ's love for His most broken children. You could feel warmth and love from him in the way he spoke with you and while the world has lost a great light, heaven has gained an angel. I'll miss you Ray but will always carry you with me for true love never dies.