After 16 years of service on the Braselton Town Council, District 4 councilman Dudley Ray? has retired. The Douglas County native and his wife, JoAnn, have called Braselton home since 1997. The Rays have one son, one daughter and three grandchildren. Ray retired from U.S. Steel after 31 years in management. He was also a member of the Georgia National Guard for 32 years.
At Ray’s final town council meeting held Monday, Braselton mayor Bill Orr led off with a personal expression of appreciation for Ray.
“I want to thank Dudley Ray for his service to the council,” said Orr. “He was my inspiration to run as mayor. He put his arm around me one day and said, ‘You should do this.’ And I really appreciate that. And I want to say thank you for his insistence for me, but the fact is I’ve been here for four years and I know he’s influenced people way beyond that.”
District 3 councilman Tony Funari followed by saying, “Braselton has been blessed and very fortunate to have (Ray’s) service,” expressing Ray’s personal influence in his own political involvement. “He’s been quite an accredited unit. His service has been invaluable. I applaud you, Mr. Ray.”
Town attorney Gregory Jay called Ray “a fierce advocate of the town.”
“Leadership manifests itself in many ways, but working with Dudley throughout the years, he certainly always took what was in the best interest of the system at heart,” said Jay.
District 2 councilwoman Peggy Slappey shared a memory of meeting Ray when she moved to Braselton, saying he “certainly was a proponent of the town welcoming (her) here.”
“He’s been quite a mentor and inspiration as we’ve worked on this council for the last four years,” she said.
District 1 councilman also Richard Mayberry added his appreciation and thanked Ray for his service.
Ray formerly made a final motion to adjourn, and at a reception held afterward, speakers included Barrow County Commissioner Chairwoman and former Braselton mayor Pat Graham, town engineer Jerry Hood and Braselton city clerk Jennifer Dees.