Eugene Ray is a Christian, family man, good neighbor, community activist, businessman, as well as a political advocate. He is a native of Bedford County, more specifically; he was born and raised in Shelbyville.
Graduating from Bedford County Training School, he later furthered his education at Motlow State Community College. Being a proponent of lifelong learning, he has completed numerous courses of study resulting in certification in multiple arenas, including licensed water treatment analyst and licensed real estate broker.
He is a member of Bright Temple Church of God in Christ where he serves as administrative assistant to the pastor and financial director. The son of the late Eugene Ray, Sr. and Robbie Wilson, Eugene was especially blessed to have been mentored by his grandfather, the late Will Thompson, one of Shelbyville’s early successful African-American business owners.
He seeks to assist any and all who face challenging situations and routinely lends his skills and resources indiscriminately. As a community activist, he has served in numerous capacities such as member of Shelbyville Rotary Club, president of Shelbyville and Bedford County Little League and Babe Ruth Baseball Association (a baseball field bears his name), board member for Bedford County Emergency Medical Services, member of Tennessee County Commissioners Association board of directors, and Bedford County Chamber of Commerce (during his tenure, the community attained certification by the Governor’s Three Star Award program), chairman of the Shelbyville Park Board and affiliate member of the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration.
Additionally, Ray serves as a member of the United States Selective Service board, the Heart of Tennessee Chapter Red Cross board, the Shelbyville and Bedford County Seniors Citizens Center board, the Shelbyville Industrial Development board, the Southern Middle Tennessee Resource Conservation board, Bedford County Solid Waste Authority board and the South Central Technical Committee.
Eugene retired from Arnold Engineering Development Center after 35 years of service.
He currently holds the highest ranking elected office in Bedford County, serving as County Mayor since 2006. Simultaneously, he serves as Chairman of the Bedford County Commission. He has served as a county commissioner for 28 years, serving as chairman for 17 years.
He has been married for 56 years to his wife, Olivia. They are the parents of four children, Valerie (Charles Avent), Kertrina (Parks) Brame and the late Christie Ray and Cedric Ray. They are the proud grandparents of Mary Avent and Charles Avent, Jr.