Happy 70th Birthday, Ray!

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On a hot Father’s Day in 1952, a baby boy was born to a World War II veteran and his English wife, whom he married in Bristol, England, during the war. Wesley Biddle Notgrass and Joan Kathleen May Clark Notgrass of Columbia, Tennessee, named their second son Raymond Wesley. They chose his first name to honor a Columbia native who died during the war and his middle name, of course, to honor his father.

That son was twenty-one years old and in his last semester at Middle Tennessee State University, where he was getting a degree in history, when I met him. We had our first date on March 1, 1974, and married on December 27 of that year. I am deeply grateful.

Since then God has blessed us with a precious family, and Ray has blessed each one of us.

God has blessed hundreds through Ray’s preaching and thousands through his writing. Please pray for us today as we celebrate Ray’s first seven decades.

Always a fun-loving guy!

A righteous man who walks in his integrity—
How blessed are his sons after him.
Proverbs 20:7


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  1. Happy birthday to Ray! We are among the thousands who have been so blessed by his writing and teaching of history. Praise the Lord for Ray’s passion to use his gifts to tell “His-story” to homeschooling families and many others! May the Lord allow Ray—and you—many more years of joyful service to Him in this way!