SAN ANTONIO -- Lt. Clovis Ray demonstrated his ability to naturally lead as an outstanding football player growing up in Three Rivers.
That ability to lead others carried over into college and subsequently his career in the Army, which began in 2010.
Lt. Ray died March 15 in the Kunar Province in Afghanistan when he was killed by an improvised explosive device while on patrol.
"As I spoke with his spouse he didn't have it within himself not to be a leader, not to be a patriot, not to be a committed soldier to his people," Major General Walter Davis said.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, March 31 at 10 a.m. at the Live Oak County Coliseum along Hwy. 281, between George West and Three Rivers.
Lt. Ray was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.
He survived by his parents, wife and 5-year-old son who were all present when Lt. Ray's remains arrived at the Kelly Field Flightline.
"At the end of the day it's always remarkable to me that you can see the strength of that soldier in their families as this occurs. And the unwavering love and support that they have," Major General Walter Davis said.