GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN
Pastor Ray Redfeairn, 1951-2003
Gone But Unforgettable
By: Edgar J. Steele
(R.I.P. July 5th, 1945-September 4th, 2014)
October 27, 2003
The news of Ray's passing yesterday came as a shock. Followed by an upwelling of grief that I rarely have felt for someone whom I have known so briefly.
Ray was a minister in the Church of the Sons of YHVH in Ohio. I don't know much about that organization's members or their beliefs, but I know integrity, decency and honesty when I see it. Ray possessed all of those things and more.
I first met Ray when he traveled to Hayden and stood by Richard Butler's side all through the show trial brought by Morris Dees and the SPLC. Many men stood with Pastor Butler during that ordeal (I was his attorney), but none so solidly and supportively as did Ray Redfeairn. He was that kind of guy. My kind of guy. Just the guy I would want at my side during a fight.
Ray showed uncommon mettle and spirit all through the proceedings. When Dees called Ray to the stand, expecting to cow him, Dees got more than he bargained for. "Mo - can I call you Mo? It feels like I know you so well," was the way that Ray began his testimony, with that ever-present smile on his lips. Ray gave as well as he got, needless to say.
I was struck by Ray's basic decency and the lack of guile that he possessed. Quick with a smile and free with his friendship, Ray was one of those people who put you at ease immediately. For that reason, within minutes you felt as though you had known him for years. That is why Ray has friends - real friends - wherever he has traveled, which encompasses a considerable distance.
Always, I found Ray to be strong, intelligent, witty and quick to praise. His inner strength was awesome and it always was a pleasure to bask in its glow. I was pleased to call him friend during our infrequent email correspondence thereafter. Ray was more than a good man; he was an exceptional man of honor and clear thinking. I will miss him.
We all will miss him, because Ray stood up for the white race in a way that few would dare. He fought our fight for us and now should be treated as any good and true warrior chief who falls during battle: carried off on his shield and buried with full honors.
A man among men, Ray was the best of us.
Pastor Redfeairn's final wishes were carried out Thursday October 30th 2003. His remains were cremated at 1:00 PM EST in Dayton Ohio. His cremation was witnessed by a small circle of family and friends. Myself, along with Imperial Wizard Bradley Jenkins of the Aryan Nations Knights of the Ku Klux Klan were present with the family for this extremely sad occasion. I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to Bradley Jenkins for his loyalty and friendship. I would also like to say thank you to Bobby Norton, Eric Whitlock, Shannon, Debbie and Cassandra. Also a thank you goes to Charlie Mangels and Brian Flemate. All of you helped in easing the burden on Pastor Redfeairn's family and the rest of us. You were a tremendous help. God Bless you all. Also among Pastor Redfeairn's requests, was that there be no memorial service held in his name. We here at the Church will honor Pastor Redfeairn by carrying on with our work. This too was among his wishes. We will be proud to oblige the good brother...
For God, and Race; Hail Victory !
Pastor Morris L Gulett