“If you had a dozen roses he was the biggest blossom,” said Jimmie Ray of Boutte about losing his son.
Teylor Bailey Ray was only 100 feet from his father’s home in Boutte when he was struck and killed by a truck on U.S. Highway 90 at Third Street. It was 4:07 a.m. Aug. 30 when Ray was apparently dropped off by friends at the RaceTrac and started to cross the highway, according to aunt Janell Fontenot.
Ray was hit by a 2006 Ford Ranger and declared dead at the scene, according to the Louisiana State Police’s preliminary investigation. The crash is still under investigation and results from toxicology reports are pending.
His father was trying to stay focused on a benefit being held to help defray his son’s funeral costs, but it was clearly difficult for him to not think about the outgoing, joking boy he loved.
“He was always someone you could go to if you needed him and he’d be here no matter what,” Ray said of his 17-year-old son. “He always had a spring in his step and a smile on his face.”
Ray worked with his father in his tree cutting business.
His brother, Dillion Ray of Raceland, said his brother had ADHD (Adult Attention Deficit Disorder) and had to leave school because of it, but added he was a loving person.
“He loved everyone around him,” Dillion said.
“He was always someone you could go to if you needed him and he’d be here no matter what.” — Jimmie Ray
Ray was the middle child of four children.
His aunt said her nephew was outgoing and active in sports.
“He was always the center of attention,” Fontenot said. “He touched everybody he met. He made friends with everybody who crossed his path. He had a great personality.”