Raymond McPhail, our much loved friend went to heaven December 2020. Ray was born in May of 1953 and grew up in Sumter, then joined the Air Force. After completing his service, he moved to Columbia , S.C. which was to become his home. Ray was a man with a big heart who was always willing to help anyone he could. He genuinely loved people. He drove a cab for 18 years in Columbia and would readily visit with his passengers telling interesting things about the city, as he said, he considered himself an ambassador for Columbia. Ray’s closest friends will tell you they never heard him take the Lord’s name in vain or speak ill of anyone. He was a genuinely kind and non-judgmental person. He was smart and very well-read, studying many subjects and had a great memory so he could talk about many topics sharing a wealth of information. Not only did he love talking with people from all walks of life, but he was a very good listener. When others were talking, he was actively listening to the content of their speech, he wasn’t thinking about the next thing he would say. We have lost a uniquely loveable friend and I dare say several of us will never find another friend who loved us truly from his heart and never judged us, but accepted us with all our flaws. A true lifelong friend is a treasure that can never be replaced. Worship God, believe in His Son Jesus, and love your neighbor as you love yourself is truly how Ray lived his life in the over 40 years several of us have loved and known this gentle man. Those of us closest to Ray are inconsolable realizing we’ll never again answer the phone and hear him say in his inimitable way, “Hey, this is Ray.” Andy Mitchel and Patricia Faltin would like to thank everyone for their help with the funeral arrangements.
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