known in Carrollton
for his contributions
classic car enthusiast
heads the Kentucky Kruizers
Helen E. McKinney
(April 2002) Raymond Ray, more affectionately known as
Ray Ray, is always trying to help some organization or somebody,
said Carrollton-Carroll County Tourism and Convention Commission director
With an ever-present cigarette in hand, Ray, 71, has been a constant
figure at Carroll County Chamber of Commerce meetings for the past eight
They wont let me off of the board, he joked. But on
a serious note, added, I just like doing for Carroll County.
Though Ray resides in neighboring Gallatin County, Ky.,
he is totally engrossed with Carroll County and its future. Born in
1931, he grew up on a farm in Carrollton. He left the area after high
school to work as a district service representative for the Chrysler
Corp. in Cincinnati. He remained there for 32 years.
After retiring, he and wife, Judith, moved to a farm in Warsaw in Gallatin
In reference to his love for Carrollton, Ray said, I grew up there,
then went away for 32 years, and then came back. Id like to see
it the way it was.
His efforts to revitalize the area have not gone unnoticed. Ray said
he was knighted a Kentucky Colonel in 1966, and Carrollton Mayor Gene
McMurray bestowed upon him the Carroll County Outstanding Leader Award,
making him a Goodwill Ambassador.
For Ray, there is no county line, said Caldwell. He is able
to see solutions to every problem through his wide perspective on life,
Harold Tomlinson, former manager of Gen. Butler State Resort Park, said
Ray has always been someone to count on. Tomlinson has known
Ray for many years and said, He puts forth a lot of effort and
never asks for recognition.
Tomlinson, who is also a past chamber president, said, Were
always fortunate to have members like Ray Ray.
Ray became a member of the chamber through his involvement with the
Kentucky Kruizers Car Club. I was one of its first members,
Ray said of the club that was established in 1993.
His participation was a natural involvement, due to the fact that he
had been in the automotive industry for 32 years, and I always
liked old cars, he said. Ray is now president of the 50-member
I just enjoy it because we do a lot for the community, he
The club meets at 6 p.m. at the Carrollton Wal-Mart on the third Saturday
of each month, from April to October.
The club is known for its sponsorship of the Haunted Train Ride each
Halloween at Butler Park. Chris Pape is the train conductor at the park
and met Ray five years ago through the car club. Pape said Ray goes
out of his way to volunteer for the community. Hes very
involved and well organized, said Pape.
All proceeds raised from the car clubs activities are donated
back into Carroll County, said Ray. The club purchases toys, clothes
and food for the needy at Christmas and participates in many other local
events, such as Relay for Life and the Two Rivers Tobacco Festival at
Anything we can do for the betterment of the community, thats
what were all about, Ray said.
Caldwell said that Ray, who has been diagnosed with cancer, is full
of energy, possessing a lets see what we can do attitude.
Whenever there is a problem, hes always a part of the solution,
Ray has spearheaded many projects for the chamber, including Carrolltons
Main Street Program, instituted in 1996. Rays involvement with
the chamber and the community at large is widely felt and appreciated
The Kentucky Kruizers summer schedule of events includes the
Relay for Life, June 7-8 at Gen. Butler State Resort Park; car show
July 6 at Gen. Butler; the clubs largest show Sept. 21 at Pointe
Park; and the Haunted Train Ride Oct. 25-26 at Gen. Butler. For information
about the club, call Ray at (859) 567-4813.
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