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Raymond Wilson "Cousin Ray" Woolfenden, Sr
Birth: Sep. 5, 1916
Kopp
Prince William County
Virginia, USA
Death: Apr. 21, 2000
Richmond
Henrico County
Virginia, USA

Raymond Wilson Cousin Ray Woolfenden, Sr.
Inducted into the Country Radio Broadcasters
Hall of Fame in the summer of 1999 in Nashville, TN

"Cousin Ray" Woolfenden (born 1916, in the former town of Kopp near Dumfries, VA), who received his nickname at age five "because everyone in the area was related" spent over fifty years in radio and nearly eighty as an entertainer. After performing for square dances and at his Cousin Ray's Dance Hall, he served in the Special Services entertaining troops in the Pacific Theater during and after World War Two. Upon his discharge in 1946, he started a Jamboree on WADC, Akron OH. Woolfenden managed WJWS, South Hill VA, WXRA, Woodbridge VA (the first all Country FM station in 1961), WSHB, Raeford NC, WBYB, St. Pauls NC, WQSM, Fayetteville NC, WAKS, Fuquay Varian NC, WVLY, Water Valley MS, and WQVA, Quantico VA. In 1964, he was named Country Music Association D J of the Year while at WXRA. In 1973, Woolfenden purchased WPWC, Dumfries VA ,serving the Washington, DC area with Country, bluegrass and gospel music, and hosted the morning show for more than twenty five years. He continued to perform, especially to benefit area charities Ray Woolfenden was inducted into the Country Music D J Hall of Fame in 1999. Woolfenden died on April 21, 2000 at the McGuire Veterans Hospital, Richmond, VA. Burial at Belle Haven Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery, Kopp, Virginia.
 
 
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 Parents:
  Raymond Marsden Woolfenden (1890 - 1916)
  Hattie May Abel Hinton (1898 - 1980)
 
 Spouse:
  Mabel Irene Liming Murphy (1920 - 1994)
 
 Children:
  Mabel Irene Woolfenden Harris (1936 - 2006)*
 
 Siblings:
  Raymond Wilson Woolfenden (1916 - 2000)
  Elna Mae Hinton (1920 - 1998)**
  Doris Hinton McCullen (1921 - 2007)**
  Richard Worth Hinton (1925 - 1983)**
  Roy Courtland Hinton (1929 - 1985)**
 
*Calculated relationship
**Half-sibling
 
Inscription:
Features an etching of a bass fiddle, the instruction that Ray played. He was inspired to become a musician by his grandfather Maurice Abel, who played fiddle.
 
Burial:
Belle Haven Baptist Church Cemetery
Prince William County
Virginia, USA
 
Maintained by: Raynee Woolfenden
Originally Created by: Marie & Dale V.
Record added: Jan 03, 2007
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On this Memorial Weekend, 2014, remembering Raymond Woolfenden, Sr., U.S. Army, who served in 1945 and 1946 in the Pacific during the final days of WW II and was part of the first occupational forces in Japan after the war.
- Raynee Woolfenden
 Added: May. 23, 2014

- Sarah Quinn
 Added: Aug. 16, 2011
As the old song says, as that old plastic sunflower that used to sit in your office sang, "You are My Sunshine"
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 Added: Mar. 10, 2011
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