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Jonathon Charles Wright, 1987-2012

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Jonathon Charles Wright

Jonathon Charles Wright

“Johnny Ray”

1987 – 2012

Johnny Ray jumped the train to Heaven on Friday, Dec. 7. This precious young man, so full of life, is on an adventure in peace and will get to see what it’s like to ride a drop of rain. He traveled to so many places and touched the lives of so many people, a modern day disciple. He never met a stranger and never let anyone go hungry or cold. Johnny Ray was not a man of few words, and when he spoke, everyone listened. With so many stories to tell, from the Red Hat Ladies on the Amtrak Train to the elderly couple from Europe. He had such an impact on the world and took so much joy in helping others. During his time spent in Virginia, he was involved with a group called Food Not Bombs. He helped serve the homeless by peeling potatoes every Sunday.

Johnny Ray was anything but ordinary. He was an amazingly talented artist and had a remarkable view on the world. He saw things that no one else could see. His fascination with trains became much more than a hobby; they became his ticket to the world. He jumped from train to train and heart to heart.

If we are to be judged by our actions, we should all live a life like Johnny Ray. Good night, Blue Eyes.

He leaves behind his mama, Joy Woodard-Childress; loving grandma, Hazel Woodard; his new dad, Donald Childress; and his uncle, Dwayne Woodard and wife, Janet; his new brothers and sisters, Lauren LeKander, Donnie, Andrew, and Shannon Childress. He also leaves his road dog, Jimi Hughes; his extended family, brother, Justin Eilers and family, including his little rocker nephew, Mavric; sister, Cristina Haney and her family; his favorite cousin, Kathy Farmer and family; and his aunts, uncles, cousins, and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his Grandpa James Carol Woodard and Uncle Prentice Carol Woodard.

The Johnny Ray Benefit Show will be held on Saturday, Dec. 22, at The Event Center (formally the U-turn) 180 Harrison Avenue, in Auburn, California.

A Trust Fund has been set up for Johnny Ray at any Bank of the West.

Wood Family Funeral Service, Inc. is handling the services. For condolences please visit

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