Muril Dean Ray Todd

Published 5:32 pm Monday, December 16, 2013



Muril Dean Ray Todd, 80, of Nashville, Tenn., passed away at home on Dec. 11, following declining health from Parkinson’s disease.

She and her husband met at Chilton County Hospital in Clanton where she worked as a registered nurse.

Chilton County is the largest commercial peach-producing county in Alabama. Hollis, her husband, proudly “boasted” that he picked the best peach in the county, his wife.

Her last work stint, as a nurse, was at the Ohio State University Hospital while her husband worked on a Ph.D. at the university.

Upon moving to Nashville, she decided to be a full-time mother/homemaker for her four sons.

She excelled as a great Christian wife and mother and was greatly admired and respected for her quiet demeanor and Christian graces.

She and her husband of 54 years have been faithful members of the Natchez Trace Church of Christ since moving to Nashville in the fall of 1965.

Although they feel pride that all four sons graduated from Lipscomb University, they felt the most pride for the legacy of their faithful Christian sons and families who are leaders in their congregations.

Todd was born on Aug. 28, 1933, in Chilton County, the daughter of the late William Earnest Ray and the late Rosa Lee Patterson Ray.

She is survived by her husband, Dr. Hollis Todd; sons, Howell Todd, Bruce Todd, Barry Todd and Anthony Todd; ten grandchildren, Curtis, Sabrina, Megan, Nicholas, Anderson, Brett, Cayley, Bethany, Grayson and Tabitha; brothers, Royce Ray, Bobby Ray, Wayne Ray, Chester Ray, Michael Ray, Roger Ray, Ricky Ray; sisters, Chestine Macon and Sharon Pledger.

She was preceded in death by her parents, William Earnest and Rosa Lee Ray; brothers, Danny Ray, Oscar Oneil Ray and Hubert Ray and sister Athlone Ray.

Services were held the afternoon of Dec. 14 at 1 p.m. at Woodlawn Roesch-Patton Funeral Home with the following people officiating, sons, Howell, Bruce, Barry and Anthony, accompanied by Dr. Vernat Exil, Dr. Forrest Busler, Dr. Terry Briley and Tip Curd song leader.

Friends were invited to a visitation the evening of Dec. 13 from 5-8 p.m. and Dec. 14 from noon-1 p.m. at Woodlawn Roesch-Patton Funeral Home in Nashville.