Conroe, May 15 – Oakwood Masonic Lodge #1444, A.F. & A.M., will honor Captain Kevin Ray, a 20-year veteran of the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, for his distinguished career and his service to Montgomery County on Tuesday, May 16, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. The event is open to the public and includes a free meal to honor Captain Ray with the ceremony to follow afterwards. The Lodge is at 8314 Highway 242, Conroe, Texas 77385, approximately one-quarter of a mile east of the intersection of IH 45 and SH 242.
Ray rose up through the Detention and Patrol Divisions of the Sheriff’s Office during his amazing career. Sheriff Rand Henderson promoted Ray to the position of Captain of the East Patrol Division. Prior to that position, Ray was a Detention Officer, Patrol Deputy, Patrol Sergeant, and Patrol Lieutenant. He holds a Master Peace Officer’s License as well as an Instructor’s License from the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement. Ray is also certificated in several specialized areas of training. He serves as an instructor for the COPS Education Project. Ray is currently enrolled as a student of Lamar University and plans to attend the Leadership Command College of the Law Enforcement Management Institute this month. If you’re looking for someone with whom you can discuss modern sociology theory, Ray is your man.
Working for two solid weeks in the Community Center parking lot for the Montgomery County Law Enforcement Association’s endorsed slate of candidates during Early Voting in the 2016 Republican Primary Election, Ray was a natural force unto himself. Many voters preferred not to endure the handouts and electioneering of the people working the parking lot. As voters walked by, Ray would firmly say, “May I introduce myself? I’m Kevin Ray.” People simply could not resist his demonstrably kindhearted personality.
Similarly, when 2016 presidential candidate Donald Trump visited The Woodlands on June 17, 2016, an Interet video of Ray dealing with two unruly Trump supporters went viral on Facebook and Twitter. Ray was friendly, reasonable, and firm.
Several Masons told The Golden Hammer that the fraternity wanted to honor Ray, because “he’s a law enforcement officer who leaders others from the front.” Ray’s wife Melanie is a high school English teacher who pushes her husband to read difficult novels and non-fiction. They have two children, a son in college and a daughter in high school.
Freemasonry is a fraternity of individuals who seek to improve themselves and their fraternity Brothers. It’s not a religion and does not prohibit people from any religious background from participating in the group. It’s not a secret society, although it has some secrets all of which are quite benign and primarily serve to motivate the members to improve themselves. Nothing in Freemasonry is inconsistent with the theology of Christianity or Judaism.
Lodge Master Russell Henderson will preside over the ceremony honoring Ray.