PADUCAH, KY - Bro. Ray E. Provow, 73 of Paducah and formerly of Arlington, KY, passed away at 9:11 p.m. Sunday at Western Baptist Hospital.
Bro. Provow served as pastor of New Hope Baptist Church, Paris, TN, Emmanuel Baptist Church, Mayfield, KY, Bethlehem Baptist Church, Cunningham, KY, Sedalia Baptist Church, Sedalia, KY, First Baptist Church, Arlington, KY, and as Director of Missions for the West KY Baptist Association, serving Carlisle, Hickman, and Fulton County. He retired in October of 2010. He was honorably discharged from the Tennessee National Guard, E-4 Specialist. Bro. Ray graduated from Mid-Continent Baptist College where he was awarded an honorary doctorate. He also attended Southern Seminary through the off-campus program. His first and foremost calling was a husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. Bro. Ray was a faithful servant of his Lord and Savior, and a friend to all. He will be greatly missed.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years Shirley Kelley Provow; four daughters, Susan Blackman & husband Dwain of Paducah, Kim Radford of Barlow, Tracey Shelton & husband Randy of Mayfield, and Karen Green & husband Tim of Bardwell; one son, Tim Provow & wife Karen of Cunningham; seventeen grandchildren, Chris Martin & wife Julie, Kyle Martin, Jonathon Blackman, Landon Blackman, Kendra Hayden & husband Andy, Travis Provow & wife Erin, Kirstin Futrell & husband Chance, Tyler Provow & wife Ashley, Heather Smith & husband Kenny, Josh Glover & wife Ashlee, Tasha Elliott & husband Michael, Dallas Shelton, Brent Shelton & wife Tara, Britney Linder & husband Jamie, Jeremy Green, Leslie Green, & Timmy Green; ten great grandchildren, Clayton Lawson, Hunter Buchanan, Hayden Buchanan, Brooke Elliott, Jayden Glover, Payton Hayden, Sawyer Green, Dane Martin, Addison Green, Harper Provow, Chase Shelton, Loren Shelton, and anxiously awaiting the arrival of Rylan Payge Glover; one brother, Billy Provow & wife Joyce of Atlanta, GA; two sisters, Aster Burnett of Fredericksburg, VA, and Nancy Knott of Dover, TN; numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, and many friends.
Bro. Provow was preceded in death by his parents, H.E. and Amelia Provow; a sister Faye Simpson Smith; grandson Justin Green; and granddaughter LaCresha Ann Carter.
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, October 26th, at Beulah Baptist Church with Bro. Ian Carrico and Bro. Mark Burnett officiating. Burial will follow in the Roselawn Cemetery. Visitation will be held after 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 25th, at the Milner & Orr Funeral Home of Paducah and after 10:00 a.m. on Friday at the Beulah Baptist Church.
Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to Gideon’s International, Carlisle-West Graves Camp, P.O. Box 608, Cunningham, KY, 42035.
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