Lacie Dosher, center, places her hand on the Texas Ranger Memorial Cross just unveiled by retired Ranger Ralph Wadsworth at Farmer’s Cemetery in northern Young County. The cross honors Charles Lemuel Ray, who served in the Rangers 1874-75. His gravestone is at left.  Leader photo by Brenda Sommer
Orville Dunsworth, of Oklahoma City, hands a hawk feather to Lacie Dosher, 4, prior to a dedication ceremony of a Texas Ranger Memorial Cross at the grave of their ancestor, Charles Lemuel Ray, at Farmer’s Cemetery in northern Young County.
Robyn Fontenot shakes hands with retired Texas Ranger Phil Ryan, while retired Ranger Dick Johnson, left, looks on, during the gathering before the dedication of a special Ranger Memorial Cross at the grave of Fontenot’s ancestor, Charles Lemuel Ray. Between Fontenot and Ryan is Kay Dosher, whose genealogical research led to the discovery that Ray and his brother both were rangers in 1874-75.
Retired Texas Ranger Ralph Wadsworth, right, speaks to the crowd gathered Oct. 6 to place a Texas Ranger Memorial Cross at the Farmer’s Cemetery gravesite of Charles Lemuel Ray. Ray and his brother, Joseph, served in the Rangers’ Frontier Battalion from 1874-75.
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Ceremony honors service of frontier-era Texas Ranger

A small group gathered recently off a quiet dirt road in northern Young County, shaded from a clear autumn sky by the welcoming arms of oak trees, to honor a man none of them had ever met – Charles Lemuel Ray, Texas Ranger. Jon Garvey opened the Oct. 6 ceremony at Farmer’s Cemetery with a few comments and a prayer. He was joined by three retired Texas Rangers and about 20 descendants of Charles Ray, who came from Oklahoma, New Mexico, Lubbock, Fredericksburg and other parts of Texas to be a part of the ceremony. Retired Ranger Ralph Wadsworth, who helped research Ray’s ...

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