Raymond Elgie Wise “Gunner”
85; Carbondale, IL
Raymond Elgie Wise "Gunner", 85, of Carbondale, IL, entered into rest on April 30, 2020 in Jeffersonville, IN. Raymond was born on April 25, 1935 in Carbondale, IL to Clarence E. and Annabelle (McCall) Wise.
Raymond accepted CHRIST at an early age at BETHEL A.M.E. CHURCH in Carbondale. GUNNER'S favorite sports were baseball, basketball and softball. He attended ATTUCKS GRAD and HIGH SCHOOL in Carbondale, although his junior and senior years were spent at Champaign Senior High School where "GUNNER" graduated in 1953. After graduation, he attended TUSKEGEE INSTITUTE in Alabama.
From 1954-1974, he served in the UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS and retired as a Gunnery Sergeant (E-7). While in the Marines, 1958, he married Gladys Marie Griffin of Murphysboro, IL and they had two sons; Dwayne A. and Bryan D. and two daughters; Dana L. and Lori D.
During "GUNNER'S" Marine Corps career, he served as a Drill Instructor for officers and enlisted personnel, security and two tours in Vietnam as an Infantryman. His highest award was a Navy Commendation Medal with Combat "V".
Returning to civilian life in Carbondale in 1974, Raymond joined the Southern Illinois University Police Department where he was a detective until he retired. After being certified as a softball umpire for 35 years, "GUNNER" was inducted into the Illinois ASA Softball HALL OF FAME in 2005. Since 1988, Raymond held the title of Deputy Umpire-in-Chief for Southern Illinois ASA Softball until retiring in 2013.
Raymond was a faithful member of the Bethel A.M.E. Church and active in the community. He was a member of the VFW Post 1832, Carterville, IL; Marine Corp League, Jeffersonville; DAV, Sellersburg IN; Montford Point Marine Association Chapter #22, LouisvilleIN; American Legion Post 35; Marine Corps Association, Quantico, VA; NAACP Jeffersonville Chapter; Spirit of Attucks, Carbondale, and Southern Illinois Softball Association, Carbondale and received various awards for his work in the community.
He is preceded in death by his loving wife of 57 years, 3 months, and 24 days, Gladys Wise, parents; Clarence Wise and Annabelle (McCall Wise) Jackson, step-mother Geneva (Reliford) Wise and step-father Herbert Jackson, siblings; Willova Toney, Benita Wise, James Reliford, Warren Reliford and Gary Wise, Grandson Taylor Wise and Daughter-in-law, Beverly (Morgan) Wise.
He leaves to cherish his loving memory his children; Dwayne (Bettye) Wise, Bryan Wise, Dana Wise and Lori (Christopher) Moore, grandchildren; Ja’Raena, Makayla, Toi, Bryan II, Brittany, Omari, Joran, Sydney, Bryanna, and Christopher, great-grandchildren; Ja’Raeyah, Ja’Riyah, Zion, JaVon, Josiah, Zaeden and Aubrey, great-great granddaughter; Mariah, siblings; Linda Hines, Adrienne (Joseph) Jackson, Lawrence (Patricia) Wise, Lenford (Samaria) Wise, Anthony (Marquetta) Wise, and Martinez (Christina) Wise, along with a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends.
Services will be as follows:
Saturday May 9, 2020
Jackson Funeral Home
306 North Wall Street
Carbondale, IL 62901
Public Visitation 10AM-12PM (adhering to social distancing guidelines, there will be limitations on how many people can be inside at a time)
Private funeral service for immediate family directly following visitation.
Should friends desire, contributions may be sent to the Montford Point Marines Association https://montfordpointmarines.org/Donate
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