Former U.S. Xpress Executive Ray Harlin Dies at 72

Former U.S. Xpress Govt Ray Harlin Dies at 72

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Ray Harlin Jr., former chief monetary officer and president of U.S. Xpress, died Oct. 28, surrounded by household at his residence in Chattanooga, Tenn. He was 72.

Harlin confronted most cancers with “optimism and perseverance,” stated Carolyn, his spouse of practically 50 years, based on an obituary posted on the web site of the Hamilton Funeral House and Cremation Service, in Hixson, Tenn.

Harlin joined U.S. Xpress in 1998 and retired in 2015. Earlier than becoming a member of U.S. Xpress, he labored on the former accounting agency Arthur Andersen for 25 years, finally turning into managing associate of the agency’s Chattanooga workplace.

Harlin was born March 19, 1950, in Martinsville, Va. After graduating from Brandywine Excessive Faculty in Wilmington Del., he attended the College of Tennessee-Knoxville, the place he studied accounting and graduated cum laude in 1972.

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After faculty, Ray and Carolyn, newly married, moved to Chattanooga.

Harlin’s retirement was short-lived, which got here as no shock to those that knew him properly. Most just lately, he was a monetary guide for Santek in Cleveland, Tenn. He additionally served on the boards of Smith Transport in Roaring Spring, Pa., and United States Lime & Minerals Inc., a Nasdaq-listed public firm headquartered in Dallas.

Nicely-liked and revered, beneficiant personally and professionally, Harlin at all times was keen to assist individuals in his space of experience to the very finish.

He was an avid golfer and a member of The Honors Course and Chattanooga Golf and Nation Membership.

He was identified for his heat smile and infectious snigger. Harlin beloved golf, Jack Daniel’s, Fridays, driveway walks and balancing objects on his head to make his granddaughters snigger.

Harlin was identified to repeat a handful of “sensible” phrases so usually that his daughter and granddaughters may say together with him. A few of his favorites had been: “It’s at all times higher within the morning,” “You be taught one thing new day by day” and “Mac ’n cheese is my favourite vegetable.”

Harlin was preceded in loss of life by his mother and father, Ray M. Harlin Sr. and Mary Elizabeth (Betsy) Foster Harlin and his brother, Raymond Joseph Harlin.

He’s survived by spouse Carolyn Cantera Harlin; daughter Lynn Harlin Shelton; granddaughters Carolina Elizabeth Kelley, Merritt Isabella Kelley and Evelyn Grace Shelton; sister Lisa Wagoner; brother Daniel Harlin; nephew Christopher Wagoner; niece Amy Dean and plenty of prolonged relations.

In lieu of flowers, the household requested that buddies think about contributing to a trigger that issues to them — or play a spherical of golf, have a drink with buddies, make your grandchildren giggle and most significantly, stay life absolutely, have enjoyable and be type.



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