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BORN: Monday September 1, 1919
DIED: Thursday January 5, 2012
Sunday January 8, 2012
First United Methodist Church
1200 E. Yellow Jacket Lane
Saturday January 7, 2012
6:00 PM to
Rest Haven Funeral Home - Rockwall Chapel
2500 State Hwy. 66 East
Raymond Cameron, age 92 of Rockwall, TX, passed away January 5, 2012. He was born September 1, 1919, in Commerce, TX, to Noah & Kate Cameron. Raymond joined the Methodist Church in Commerce at a young age. His education began at the age of five at East Texas State Teacher’s College lab school, from which he graduated at the age of 20 with a Bachelor of Science. While in college Raymond met and married Elizabeth Rochell on September 20, 1942 and to this union one son was born, Ronald Brooks Cameron.
Raymond served his country proudly during WWII as an instructor in the flight engineering school at several U.S. Army air bases. He was a teacher as well as a farmer, and in 1965 he joined his brother Bill in the real estate and development business. They developed several subdivisions in addition to the Ridge Road Shopping Center and the Cameron Building. This was Rockwall’s first of each. Raymond’s service to the community included leadership in a host of organizations, namely President of Chamber of Commerce, School Board, Rotary Club and City Council member. The city lake is named in his honor.
Raymond’s dedication to the church and serving the Lord has been a very important part of his life. He has served First United Methodist Church as a Sunday school teacher for over 50 years and felt it his obligation so serve whether it was on local, district or conference level. Even though Raymond was not musically inclined, seeing the need, he asked permission to raise funds for a new organ and pipes.
His commitment to his alma mater has been shown in several capacities, namely President of the Ex-Students Association, President of the Foundation Board and serving on the Board of Regents for eleven years, two of those years as chairman. Raymond was awarded the Distinguished Alumnus in 1978. Upon the opening of the new science building a room was dedicated in honor of Raymond and Elizabeth Cameron.
Raymond and Elizabeth gave land for the Amanda Rochell Elementary School in memory of their son, Ronald Brooks Cameron and his grandmother, Amanda Rochell. Raymond received much pleasure from sharing 40 acres of his property with the Boy Scouts of his area. One of the greatest pleasures for Raymond and Elizabeth has been awarding scholarships to Rockwall and Royse City students each year who plan to attend Texas A&M Commerce.
Raymond was a 32nd Degree Mason which includes Scottish Rite and Shriners. He was honored by being a 50 year member of Scottish Rite in 2011. He received much pleasure in working in his wood shop making toys and vintage cars for his friends. Another hobby Raymond derived pleasure from was making peach and pear preserves. He gave the fruits of his labor to his friends and the annual United Methodist Women’s Church Bazaar in November.
Raymond and Elizabeth looked forward to each summer when they could travel to their favorite places in the U.S. and abroad. A highlight of these summer vacations was to travel to Europe and other countries with Ted and Maurine Cain.
Raymond is survived by his wife: Elizabeth (Rochell) Cameron; sister-in-law: June Cameron; nephew: Don Cameron & wife Becky; niece: Deborah Cook & husband Ed; niece: Jessica Alexander & husband Collin; nephew: Jeff Cameron & wife Amy; nephew: Joey Cameron; and a number of great nieces and nephews and great-great nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents: Noah & Kate Cameron; son: Ronald Brooks Cameron in 1961 at the age of 14; brother: James Cameron; nephew: Rex Cameron; brother: Bill Cameron; sister-in-law: Ida Jo Cameron; niece: Suzanne Cameron Mosley; great nephew: Justin Kirk Conway; and great-great nephew: Jude Cameron.
Funeral services will be held 3:00pm, Sunday, January 8, 2012 at First United Methodist Church, 1200 E. Yellow Jacket Ln, Rockwall, TX, with Dr. Joe Pool and Dr. Keith P. Boone officiating. Interment will follow in Rockwall Memorial Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Saturday evening from 6:00 to 8:00pm. Memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church Building Fund, 1200 E. Yellow Jacket Lane, Rockwall, TX 75087.
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Elizabeth, We were so saddened to hear of the loss of your loved one. Words can't begin to express our heartfelt thoughts for you and your family at his time of deep loss. During times like this, we know one thing for certain, God holds all the answers in his hand. May God's strength be your strength and may the love you shared help comfort you during this difficult time. Mr. Cameron was such an inspiration and a blessing to all who met him, we had such great respect for him and will truly miss him. John 14:1-4 Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father's house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going. Our Sincere Condolences, Ismael & Norma Tamez
Sent by: Ismael & Norma Tamez
Don and Becky,
You are in our prayers, we are grieving with you and also rejoicing at the wonderful eternity your uncle is experiencing with Jesus.
Jennie and Jeremy Young
Sent by: Jennie Young
To the Cameron Family, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Mr. Cameron was such a wonderful and kind man. You and your family are in our thoughts & prayers. Danny & Nada (Lonnie & Edith Dawson's daughter) Angel
Sent by: Nada (Dawson) Angel
We cherish having known Raymond and rejoice in the knowledge he is with Jesus. We will miss his leadership and friendship and are inspired by his example of living a righteous life.
Sent by: Chip and Sue Frazier
Miss Elizabeth and Family, My Christian head tells me to rejoice for he is now reaping the ultimate reward of a life well spent...yet, my heart is breaking for you and all of us who loved him so much. You and Raymond have always been "Mr. & Mrs. Rockwall" to me. You represent what is best in our community as you have lived with compassion and committment to our Church, our Community, our Lord and to each other. RIP Mr. Rockwall Love and Prayers, Darlene Reed & Meredith and Ben Fox
Sent by: Darlene Reed
Dear Heavenly Father, We pray that your love, mercy and grace will be placed upon Elizabeth and the Cameron family in this time of grief over the loss of their loved one. Lord, we of the /Friendship Sunday School Class share in that grief for we have lost a true Christian friend, leader and teacher. Lord, welcome Raymand into your Heavenly Kingdom and enter his name in the Lamb's Book of Life and give him eternal life and peace. In the name of Jesus we pray..Amen. Ed Frazier
Sent by: Ed.Frazier
Jesus is coming again and those in Christ will be reunited! Oh how wonderful it is to trust in Jesus. May the precious memories of you Uncle flood your soul and give you peace.
We are sorry for your loss; God Bless You!
Elester (Bill) and Hattie Williams & Family
Sent by: Elester & Hattie Williams
Elizabeth, Our hearts and prayers are with you. Our lives are so much richer having known "Snooks," truly Dad's very best friend since the 2nd grade. Love, Buddy and Vera
Sent by: Ford W. Hall, Jr.
What a truly kind soul. We were all so fortunate to have him here on this earth with us for so long. I will always remember our political conversations as he worked in his wood shop. May he rest in peace.
Sent by: Jeanine Allen
Rockwall has lost another good man. My deepest sympathy goes out to the entire Cameron family. I'm sure Raymond and Ted Cain are together laughing and talking about old times right now...
Sent by: Jerry and Hollie Archer
A great man - a great loss
Love, Jane Joy Jim, and children
Sent by: Joy Greenwalt
Elizabeth, We recall walking behind you and Raymond as we went down the church aisle to receive the imposition of ashes last Ash Wednesday. On another occasion we followed behind you to the altar for Communion. Our eyes were misty, then and now, thinking about the footsteps you laid down before us. We watched as you tenderly leaned on one another... and on God... for strength and stability. Thank you for making the way before us. We love you dearly and will miss Raymond so much. -- Barry and Missy Buchanan
Sent by: Missy and Barry Buchanan
To Mrs.Elizabeth Cameron and family: Sorry about the loss of Mr. Raymond Cameron, he will be missed but know that you will not be forgotten. I will continue to keep you in my prayers not some of the time but all of the time, and may God give you the strength that you need to leap on in Christ Jesus. Mr.Raymond has made it and I believe we all can make it too. Jesus knows your sorrow and he knows your pain just know he is with you everyday. -Love Tawana H.
Sent by: Tawana Harrell
Jerry and I will miss Raymond and his zest for life, storytelling and constant encouragement. Texas State Organization of DKG will remember him as one of our favorite attendees.
Love, Vicki and Jerry Davis
Sent by: Vicki and Jerry Davis
May the peace of our loving father abide with you at this time. Brother, Bill Cameron was my eight grade teacher. The Cameron brothers have meant a lot to Rockwall. I know Raymond will be missed by his family and friends
Sent by: Arvel Yvonne Gray Wallin
Elizabeth and family, you know that our hearts are broken and saddened by the passing of Raymond. Both of you have been such inspiration and support for Cathy and I and our ministry together. One of the greatest memories I have of Raymond are the times we would ride around in his truck looking at things in Rockwall and Hunt counties, listening to him retell the history of so many events, places, and things of his long, celebrated, and faithful life. His steadfast faith in Christ was remarkable and influential in so many other lives. Blessings and Grace, Bruce & Cathy PS: Philippians 1:3
Sent by: Dr. & Mrs. Bruce Hargrave
Dear, dear Elizabeth: You know all too well how very much you and Raymond have done for our family and how very much John, the kids and I appreciate it. Never will we forget Raymond nor you. The lives of the Miller and Albritton families would not have been the same without you. Surely you know that if there is anything you need, you need but give a little whistle. Our love to you and all of the family, particularly to Don and Becky and their kids. John, Gayle, Eric & family, and Amy & family.
Sent by: Gayle Albritton
Raymond was such a treasure for Rockwall, then and now. I will miss this gentle man.
Sent by: Jan Self
Our hearts are saddened by the death of Raymond. We pray that the Lord will put his loving arm around you and comfort your family. Another outstanding Rockwall citizen has left us. He will be missed....a part of the greatest generation.
Jan and Johnny Johnson
Sent by: Jan Willess Johnson
My heart is breaking because Rockwall has lost another great one. Raymond was a father figure to many of us for many, many years. I know he is at peace because of his faith and how he lived his life.
My prayers are with Elizabeth and all who loved him.
Sent by: Linda Mitchell Duran
I am so sorry to hear of Raymond's passing. Great man and an example for all. First man I met in Rockwall in 1966. He sold me 5 acres on Clem Rd. and said "son, you're getting too much to mow and not enough to plow." May God give you all strength during this time.
Sent by: Markie George
"Snooks" is happy in heaven with Daddy (Ford W. Hall).
Our love and prayers go out to sweet Elizabeth and the entire family at this time.
Connie & Gerry Impelman
Sent by: Mrs. Connie (Hall) Impelman
Raymond was a man who was loved by all who knew him. He was always in a certain pew on Sunday morning and everybody came by to say a few words to him and Elizabeth.
He called me "syrup city" because I am from Honey Grove and also we went to college in Commerce. We knew some of the same people and had a bond there. My heart is very saddened because he will no longer be in the same spot on Sunday morning with everybody coming by to shake his hand. He will be truly missed.
Pat (Syrup City) Szalay
Sent by: Pat Szalay
My memory of "Uncle Raymond" is when Gray Owl was having an event at Cameron Farm and Uncle Raymond was in his workshop. I stopped by to chat and asked him what he was building. That was all he needed and 45 minutes later he was still going strong. He had made a golf cart, bag & clubs out of his scraps of wood, and I commented that that was very neat. He asked me if I liked to play, and I told him yes, even though I had not played in awhile. He asked me where I learned to play, and I told him it ran in the family since my maiden name was Hogan. We changed the subject to school and how he loved to go to the football games at East Texas State. After the event was over, on my way out Uncle Raymond stopped me, gave me a box and told me not to look in it until I got home. But I didn't mind & I opened up to see that golf cart with the clubs. I got out of the car and hugged that man's neck for giving me that gift. Bless You Uncle Raymond
Sent by: Paula Parrack
Rockwall has lost another good one. Such a good & godly man. He will be missed by so many. May God's peace, grace, and love be with his family & friends.
Sent by: Rodney & Tommie Smith
We offer our condolences in the context of the Christian Faith that Raymond held to so dearly his whole life. That is the faith that believes in the Resurrection of the Dead through the Power of the Lord Jesus Christ. Raymond trusted in Christ, and now lives with Him in Heaven's Glory. We are praying for the whole Cameron family that God's Peace will sustain you in your time of grief and that Raymond's faith will light the way for all to follow. God be with you all.
Ronny & Ruth Thomason
Sent by: Ronny Thomason