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Raymond “Ray” Norton Hord, 70, of Savannah, Georgia and husband of Sandra “Sandy” Cannon Hord, went to be with his Heavenly Father on Wednesday afternoon, April 6, 2022, with his devoted and loving wife by his side. Raymond was a kind and loving husband and a friend to all people.

Raymond is survived by his wife, Sandra C. Hord; his “bonus” daughter, Morgan Matte and her husband, Jacob, and their daughter, Molly; and his brother-in-law, Clyde McCampbell Wester, Jr.

Raymond was predeceased by his mother and father, Margaret Jewel Smith Hord and Carl Julius Hord, and his sister, Martha Addie Hord Wester.

Raymond Hord was best known as “Famous Ray” the owner and manager of Ray’s Famous Café from March 1991 to December 2004. After selling the restaurant, Ray began a new career as a Certified Building Inspector for Chatham County and the Building Official of Tybee Island before retiring in 2015.

Prior to becoming “Famous Ray” of Ray’s Famous Café, Ray worked in the building industry at Wickes Corporation as the Inside Sales Manager, Neal-Blun Company, Inc. as the Sales and Marketing Manager, and Espy Lumber Company, Inc. as the Sales Manager, before opening a “Start-Up Operation” known as Trim-Tech Service, Inc., where he served as Owner and Operations manager. Ray also worked as the General Manager of Hughes-Ball Company.

Ray attended Armstrong Atlantic University majoring in Education – he loved to learn and to teach.

Ray was honorably discharged from the United States Army after serving from 1969 to 1975. Ray attended Officer’s Candidate School and obtained the rank of Sergeant in BTRY C 1st BN 230th Field Artillery.

Ray, a very meticulous man, paid great attention to detail in mill working and metal fabrication. He could design and build anything.

Anyone who knew Ray knows that he loved his wife Sandy, the mountains, cooking, fly fishing, boating, hiking, motorcycles, and fast cars. Ray loved adventure. Ray loved life. Ray was a true cancer warrior who inspired many who crossed his path.

The family will receive friends from 2 until 4 o’clock Sunday afternoon, April 10, 2022, at Gamble Funeral Service – 410 Stephenson Avenue.

The funeral service will be held at 11 o’clock Monday morning, April 11, 2022, in the chapel of Gamble Funeral Service conducted by the Reverend Dr. Quin R. Rawls. Interment, with military honors, will be in Forest Lawn Memory Gardens.

Remembrances: Hospice Savannah – Post Office Box #13190, Savannah, Georgia 31416-0190.

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  1. Louisa Abbot says:

    To all the Hord Family:

    Ray Hord is remembered with great affection and admiration by all who had the pleasure of eating lunch with other denizens of the courthouse on Montgomery Street at his Famous cafe. We never stopped missing him and the space and food he created for us. Many of us went daily if not more than daily to hear the gossip and get our meat and three special. Ray was always the right man in the right place at the right time. He leaves behind a legacy of friendship, neighborliness, and superb story-telling. My condolences to all who had the pleasure of loving him.

  2. Amon says:

    Ray, was my friend and brother. I will miss our many lengthy conversations, along with the laughter and tears we shared. My prayers and love go out to his dedicated and loving wife Sandy. The care and devotion that she gave Ray could be a masterclass for us all in what Love really looks like during the good times and the challenging times.
    May the good Lord continue to watch over and comfort Ray, Sandy and all that love them during this time of sorrow and change. “Earth has no sorrow that Heaven cannot heal.”

  3. Viola Riding says:

    I send my deepest of sympathy. Ray was a kind spirit that I always enjoyed talking with. It’s rare these days to meet someone by chance that you have an immediate connection with.. That is how I feel about you and Ray. Our talks was like we knew each other for years. Ray was blessed to have had you as a loving and devoted wife. Sandra I send much love to you in this season.. I pray God will continue to keep you your family and guide you all in peace..

  4. A. Neff McIntosh says:

    I knew two Rays. The first was the Neal Blun Ray. The second was the Cafe Ray. Both were worthy. He was a very decent fellow with a great attitude. I enjoyed his humor very much. Godspeed Ray. I’m confident you will be rewarded handsomely for your life well lived on earth.

  5. Birney Bull says:

    I’ve missed Ray ever since the Cafe closed. Very sorry to hear this. Sympathy to Sandy and the whole family.

  6. Leslie Keene says:

    I am very sorry to learn that Ray has passed! He was a friend indeed and his wife Sandy also! My heartfelt condolences to Sandy and his family.

  7. Anne Butler says:

    I have missed seeing Ray outside on my walks, and am truly sorry he is no longer with us. Ray was a sweet, intelligent man with plenty if courage and grace. He also happened to live with an angel. Sandy, my heart goes out to you.

  8. Anthony l lonon says:

    I met Ray in1998 i was doing Sandy’s mom yard and she told me Rays mother needed someone to do her yard and I did they loved my work and i fell in love with them.What a family to know they are a part of me and will be until i join Ray one day. Sandy you’re a strong woman i am glad the Lord put you guys in my life. My brother is resting in his new home probably inspecting the building’s .Love you

  9. David Cannady says:

    Ray was a good friend, a brother in Christ, a confidante. We spent many hours together walking, working in the gym, praying, talking, as we walked through his battle over the past several years. He possessed a true warrior’s heart, full of compassionate, generous, a man of integrity. We laughed and cried together. We often told each other, “I love you brother “. I know that Ray is with Jesus, without pain or suffering. You will be missed brother! Love you still. See you soon!

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  11. Anna Maria Thomas says:

    Sandy, I was sad to hear of My friend Rays passing. I have not seen you guys for awhile but have never forgotten the wonderful friendship we had. Prayers for you and family.

  12. Bill Lewis says:

    A kind kind man with a great inner strength and spirit. A good friend always willing to help in time of need.
    I’m going to miss him.

  13. Chris Whelan says:

    I don’t think I have ever met a single person in my life like Ray Hord. I was always impressed with how he knew the name of every Judge, attorney, and patron who ate at his restaurant. If he did not know you, he would by the time you finished eating. He had an amazing energy that was contagious- I could never keep up with him and loved hearing his stories. He was kind, generous, funny, and a great friend. God Bless Sandy and Morgan- our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time.

  14. Patrick Pogue says:

    Deepest condolences to the families during this time of remembrance of Ray. Aloha!

  15. Robert Branan says:

    Didn’t know Ray as much but the few times I met him thru my friend Sandy he was a nice and friendly person He may a lot of memories and will be missed. Prayers of comfort to Sandy and families!

  16. Gregori Anderson says:

    Sorry to hear of Ray’s passing. He was a great member of the Chatham County Building Safety team. He was dedicated to his craft and serving the citizens of Chatham County.
    It is our prayer that God will provide comfort and peace to the family during this time of transition.

  17. Bob McGinty says:

    My sincere condolences to the Hord family, especially to my friend, Sandy. I know how much Ray meant to her.

  18. Danielle Buenos says:

    Dear Sandra , sending you my support and love. I know how much Ray means to you, that was always the first update from you. I wish I could go back in time and meet him personally,So many good things I heard about him. He will forever keep you safe and lead you in the right ways.

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