Raymond Ivory III, departed this life on Monday, October 12, 2020, at his home in Harvey, LA. He was born on September 4, 1959, to Jesse Ivory and Martha Wimberly.
Raymond confessed Christ at an early age, and was baptized at Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Shreveport, LA. He was a faithful church attendee at an early age and was being groomed to be a junior Deacon.
Raymond attended Eden Gardens Elementary, Eden Gardens Junior High and graduated from Captain Shreve High School in 1978. He was an all-star varsity football and basketball player during his high school years. After graduating from high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Army for 4 years, then enlisted with Louisiana’s United States Reserves for 9 years.
Raymond had the opportunity to travel domestically and international while employed with Gators Den, a company that dealt with alligator skins. Raymond told many stories of his adventures in wrestling alligators – each time the alligator lost. That was his way of letting us know his job was somewhat dangerous.
He always loved singing and would often call friends and his relatives to share with them one of his gospel renditions. Raymond later served as a member at Hill of Zion Baptist Church in Jefferson, LA. In 2012, he joined a gospel quartet and utilized his love of music to touch lives.
Raymond did not allow his physically limitations to prevent him from living a full life. He took on a new hobby by training and becoming a member of the National Veterans Wheelchair Team, competing in discus, javelin, and shot put.
Left to cherish his memory his loving wife Dionne Celestin Ivory, his sons, Damien Ivory, Amoud Price, Tommy Hilliard Jr (Amanda), Thomas Hilliard (Audrey), Tony Hilliard Sr, (Tequila), and Tonray Hilliard. His daughters Neverline Turner, Biesha Hilliard (Greg), and Bianca Hilliard. His brothers, Billy Paul Stills (Adell) of Shreveport, LA, Louis Stills Sr, (Linda), Archie Stills (Monica), of Houston, TX, his sisters, Georgia Scott of Shreveport, LA, Annette Foreman of Houston, TX. Also left to cherish his memory are 31 grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and other relatives and friends.
Raymond is preceded in death by his parents Jesse Ivory and Martha Wimberly, his brother James Stills and his sister Doris M. Holomon.
Relatives and friends of the family are invited to attend the funeral service on Saturday, October 17, 2020 at Robinson Family Funeral Home located at 9611 LA – 23, Belle Chasse, LA 70037, at 3 p.m. The visitation will begin at 2 p.m. Minister Jordan L. Robinson Sr., officiating, and interment will be private.
Due to COVID – 19, everyone in attendance MUST wear a face mask or other proper facial covering, and practice social distancing.
Funeral planning entrusted to ROBINSON FAMILY FUNERAL HOME 9611 LA – 23, BELLE CHASSE, LA 70037 (504) 208 – 2119.
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