Memorial Plans For Ray Family

By James Wilcox

July 22, 2010 Updated May 9, 2006 at 12:16 AM EDT

A Memorial Service for a mother and three children who died in a house fire could draw more than a thousand people.

Sedlock Funeral Home is making plans to hold that service at West Middle School this Thursday.

The service is designed to celebrate the lives of Laurie Ray and her children Kristie, Kenny and Alicia.

The children all attended Binghamton Schools.

The funeral home expects anywhere from one thousand to two thousand people to fill the school auditorium.

Doors at West Middle School open at 4:30 p.m., this Thursday, May 11.

The Celebration of Life service will begin at 5 p.m., led by Reverends Laurence Lord and Cory VanKuren

After the service people can pay their respects to the family at the school.

Instead of flowers, the family is asking for donations to be sent to the First Ward Merchant's Association, Fire Victims Fund.

The address is 161 Clinton Street, Binghamton, NY, 13905.

The fund is set up to help Michael Ray and his daughter Courtney, who survived the fire.

The Binghamton Fire Marshal's office is not ready to say what may have started that fire last Wednesday.

The fire at 233 Front Street started in the living room, and was fueled by exploding oxygen and acetylene tanks stored in the home.

Meanwhile, one group is providing an apartment for Michael and Courtney Ray.

The family has asked to keep the place and donor anonymous.

The First Ward Merchants Association is helping collect things the Ray's would need like furniture and bedding.

"We need pillow cases, sheets, towels, anything that you'd need on a daily basis. Furniture is the biggest thing right now," says Barry Blakeslee of the First Ward Merchants Association.

If you have items to donate, contact Barry Blakeslee with the First Ward Merchants Association at 724-3663.

Or call the Sedlock Funeral home at 722-1731.

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