ALBEMARLE Ray A. Bangle Jr., 56, of Albemarle, passed away peacefully at home after a yearlong battle with colon and liver cancer. A Service celebrating his life will be held Monday, Sept. 2, at 12 p.m., at Salem United Methodist Church, 20987 Hwy. 73 in Albemarle, officiated by the Rev. David Talbert. The Bangle family will receive friends from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., prior to the service. Ray was born April 23, 1963, in Charlotte, son of the late Ray Bangle Sr. and Joan Harwood Bangle. He was preceded in death by an infant son, Joseph Lee Bangle. Ray worked as a woodworker and later as a respiratory therapist. He was known for his sense of humor and his great pride in his children. He enjoyed woodworking projects, hunting, John Wayne movies, and watching the Atlanta Braves and Carolina Panthers. He enjoyed a wonderful "bucket list" trip with his family to Washington D.C. in April for the Cherry Blossom Festival. Ray is survived by his wife of 30 years, Teresa Bangle; children, Rachel Bangle (Tyler Waugh) of Durham, John Bangle of Albemarle; sisters, Judy Yandle of Kernersville, Sherry Hutchins of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; niece, Jennifer Slone (Eric); nephews, Jonathan Hutchins, Garrett Hutchins, Steven Ramsey, Mark Ramsey; and great-nieces and -nephew, Erika, Tiffany and Jacob. Many thanks to the staff of Levine Cancer Center and Northeast Digestive Health in Concord, Cabarrus Family Medicine Locust, Kindred Home Care and Bioscrip Infusion Services for their dedicated and compassionate care. Special thanks to Lisa for the plane tickets to D.C. Memorials in Ray's honor may be made to Salem United Methodist Church, New Fellowship Building Fund, 20987 Hwy. 73, Albemarle, NC 28001; or Millingport Volunteer Fire Department, 32521 Millingport Rd., Albemarle, NC 28001. Gordon Funeral Home of Mt. Pleasant is serving the Bangle family. Online condolences may be made at www.gordonfuneralhome.com.