Services for Ray Vinson will begin at 10:00 A.M. (Visitation) and 11:00 A.M. (Memorial Service) Saturday, October 11, 2014, at Laughlin Funeral Home in Huntsville, AL. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be sent to the Nathan Jackson Sparks Memorial Scholarship at Northeast Alabama Community Foundation, 1130 Quintard Ave., Anniston, AL 36201.
Ray was a standout quarterback for Coach Jack Grizzard at Oxford High School in Oxford, AL. He lead the Jackets to their first victory over the Anniston Bulldogs in 42 years. Named to1963’s All County Team and the Most Valuable Back in Calhoun County, he received a full scholarship to play football at Jacksonville State University under Coach Don Salls and later Jim Blevins. While at JSU he played both offense and defense, setting records for interceptions and kick off returns that still stand. Being named First Team Little All American his senior year, he was drafted by the San Diego Chargers. From there he played with a semi-pro team in Joliette, Illinois, and later for three years with the Huntsville Hawks. Ray was named to Jacksonville State University’s Sports Hall of Fame, JSU’s All Centennial Team and Calhoun County’s Sports Hall of Fame. Ray worked as a government contractor for Red Stone Arsenal and other agencies as a computer programmer. He is survived by his wife Sandra.