Ray Akridge, of Schertz, Texas went to be with the Lord on March 6, 2023 at the age of 50. Ray is survived by his wife Mica, his children Connor and Adalee, mother Linda and step-father Roman Maier, and brothers, Paul and Scott. Ray was born in Conroe, Texas, on March 27, 1972 to his parents Terry and Linda Akridge. His father Terry Akridge preceded him in death in 1996.
Ray grew up in Conroe Texas and attended Oak Ridge High School graduating in 1990. He then attended Montana Tech of the University of Montana, in Butte, where he played football, and graduated with a degree in Engineering. Ray’s nickname “Keebler” came from his days in college, and owing to the fact he fondly wore a Keebler Elf watch. Although, he was a Montana Tech Oredigger, he was a lifelong fan of The University of Alabama football. He went on to UTSA where he earned a Masters in the Management of Technology. Ray’s professional life included positions at Senior Flexonics Pathway, City Public Service, HEB, and USAA, where he made many friends and a lasting impact.
Ray met the love of his life, Mica, at church camp in high school, however, they did not begin dating until years later. After 8 years as best friends, Ray proposed marriage inside the Alamo. The Daughters of the Republic, enjoyed watching so much that they suggested Ray reenact the proposal in front of the Alamo, declaring “you’ll always ‘Remember the Alamo’”. They married on June 28, 1997 in Corpus Christi.
Ray never met a stranger and brought the joy of life and living to everyone he came across. It is doubtful that anyone ever left a conversation with Ray without a big smile. Ray connected with people in authentic, genuine, loving, and caring way; marked with a great sense of humor. He was a patriot who loved his country, and its veterans. He served his church and community faithfully. His life was a testimony of loyalty, faithfulness, and honesty. He held himself to the highest standards of integrity. He showed his faithfulness to our Lord, his wife and children, and his numerous friends. A truer friend has seldom been found.
Most importantly Ray would not want us to grieve as without hope, for to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord (II Cor. 5:8). We take comfort in knowing Ray is in the loving arms of his Savior, Jesus Christ, and we look forward to reuniting with him in heaven.
A memorial service is scheduled for:
March 24, 2023, at 1:00 p.m. at Journey Fellowship Church, 16847 Interstate 35, Selma, Texas, 210-651-1463
Arrangements have been entrusted to Schertz Funeral Home at 210-658-9224
Mica wishes to express her gratefulness for the overwhelming support of friends and family who have sent condolences and love. Flowers are appreciated or donations can be made in honor of Ray to a veteran’s organization of the donor’s choice or organizations that support veterans such as:
The Alzheimer’s Association, San Antonio & South Texas Chapter, 1100 Northwest Loop 410, Suite 302, San Antonio, Tx 78213
Alzheimer’s Association of San Antonio & South Texas Chapter
MD Anderson, Houston
Donate MD Anderson Cancer Center