Raymond Emanuel Ennis died in Newnan, GA on March 25, 2021 at the age of 79.
Ray is survived by wife, Jennifer Ennis; children, Stella Ennis, Selina (Danny) Lee, Landra (Brent) Day, Alana (Jason) Adams; and stepdaughter Susie Oliver. He is also survived by siblings, Jerome Ennis, Sue Mauldin, David (Susan) Ennis and Woody (Sabrina) Ennis as well as 11 loving grandchildren and several great-grands.
Ray was born on July 8, 1941 in Huguley, AL. He was a hard worker and enjoyed a long career in commercial construction over-seeing large projects across the greater Atlanta area. His claim to fame was leading the crew that built the Mindbender at Six Flags over GA. Ray was the first human to ride the looping coaster, knowing that if he was in charge of its construction it was “done right”. Forty years later, Mindbender is still safely thrilling riders.
Ray married Jennifer on Valentine’s Day in 1987 and they have been lifelong sweethearts ever since. Together they enjoyed birdwatching, spending time with neighbors, and occasionally slipping “up the road” to test their luck at the casinos. Mostly, he enjoyed taking care of his dogs. His beloved pets each held a special place in his heart.
Ray loved tinkering and enjoyed gardening and fishing. His children and grandchildren remember him as a dedicated hardworking family man who encouraged them to pursue their goals and was so proud of their accomplishments. He was a fine friend to many that knew him and would give someone in need the shirt off his back.
A memorial service will be held at a later date for family. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Newnan-Coweta Humane Society. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.hillcrestchapelcares.com.