He was the son of Raleigh Buckner and Gillie Carey Wray Burris.He was a heavy equipment operator, long distance truck driver and was County Commissioner for District 1 from 1969 - 1974. He was in CCC Camp #2815 north of Broken Bow and helped build Beavers Bend State Park. He proudly served his country during World War II in the Army stationed in the South Pacific on the islands of Oahu and Tararwa.He was a member of the Oak Grove Missionary Baptist Church, where he had served as song leader and deacon for over 50 years.He had been a member of the Rudolph Burris Post 4880 VFW Post, American Legion, Broken Bow Jaycees, NRA, McCurtain County Historical Society and served on the Mountain Fork Rural Water Board.In 1988, he located about 25 of his Army buddies and started a reunion each year until most of them were unable to attend anymore due to their passing away or failing health. They presented him with a trophy for this, which he was extremely proud of. He loved to hunt and trot-line for catfish. He especially loved to take his children and later his grandchildren camping each year. He also loved to have a big deer camp with lots of family and friends.He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, George, Rudolph and Wilbur Burris; five sisters, Adele Cole, Clara Jordan, Genevie Dean, Helen Davis and Eula Mae White and one grandson, Kyle Patrick Burris.He is survived by his wife of sixty three years, Ellen Faye Burris of the home; two daughters and son-in-law, Harriet and Randy Martin and Jana Burris of Broken Bow; one son and daughter-in-law, Philip and Mary Burris, McAlester, OK; four grandsons, Ryan and Marie Martin, David and Stacie Watson, Donald and Carissa Watson, and Blaine Burris; three granddaughters, Robyn and Daniel Castillo, Mandy and Guy Camp and Whitney Clifton; seven great-grandchildren, Mark and Raylee Martin, Kenzlee and Kennison Camp, Erica Castillo and MaCala and Mac Clifton; one sister-in-law, Imogene Burris. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews and a host of friends. He will always be remembered for his caring service, dedication and love for his God (Jesus Christ), Country (United States of America) and family (not just his immediate family, but his church family, friends and neighbors that he considered family.)Funeral Service will be 2:00 PM Wednesday, October 28, 2009 at the Oak Grove Missionary Baptist Church, Oak Grove Community, Broken Bow, OK. Bro. Greg Curtis will officiate. Interment will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery.The family will receive friends 6-8 PM Tuesday evening at Brumley Funeral Home, Broken Bow.In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Kiamichi Country Genealogy Society of Broken Bow or your favorite local charity. \nTo send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Ray B. Burris, please visit our floral store.