Former county admin dies
by Denise Strub
May 17, 2013 | 2338 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Dedicated, loyal and a fighter are only a few of the phrases used to describe former Bolivar County Administrator Wanda Ray.

Ray, 61, died Wednesday after beating back twice in previous years

“She was dedicated to whatever she took on,” said Bern Prewitt, former supervisor. “She was a great business lady for the county.”

Prewitt said while Ray was administrator if something had to be done for the county; she was right on until it was accomplished.

“It’s a very sad thing,” said Supervisor Donny Whitten. “She was an outstanding administrator. She served the county well. She had honesty, integrity and was loyal to the Bolivar County Supervisors.”

Supervisor James McBride said that as new supervisor when Ray was administrator, they often had differences but “she was always interested in what was best for the county.”

Ray retired from as administrator in 2004 and then ran for the Mississippi House of Representatives in 2005 losing to David Norquist.

She worked for Delta State University Archives and Museum from 2005 until 2007 and then retired.

During her government tenure she was active at local, state and national levels. She served as president of the Mississippi Association of County Administrators/Comptrollers and other positions.

She was an officer in the Cleveland Exchange Club, on the Board of Directors for the Cleveland-Bolivar County Chamber of Commerce, Bolivar County Economic Development District, Red Cross, and was the county liaison for the Bolivar County Planning Commission, Expo Board, and other county agencies and county committees.

After her retirement she was very involved in the Glen Crosby Unit 165 American Legion Auxiliary.

She was also a member of the Morrison Chapel Baptist Church.

Ray’s volunteerism was an important part of her life and in a previous story she said, "I am proud of my community service," she added. "But I think I realized how much it meant to be a public servant during the 1994 Ice Storm and the 2001 tornado that hit Bolivar County, especially the Bolivar County Regional Correctional Facility.

"Those disasters brought our communities closer together, and also reminded how people rely on local officials for assistance," she said. "God watched over us during those times."

Visitation will be from 5–8 p.m. today at Ray Funeral Home and funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Ray Funeral Home with Dr. Steve Huber officiating. Interment will be held in Shaw Cemetery.

To view and sign the online guestbook, go to