William "Ray" Nowling 72 was born Jan. 10, 1944 in DeFuniak Springs, to Woodrow Wilson Nowling and Cleea McQuagge.

Ray died Wednesday August 10, 2016. He was a longtime local and resident of Apalachicola. Ray was an avid fisherman both for work and pleasure. He worked in the Franklin County area as shrimper, an oysterman for many years as well as a short time in the National Guard.

Ray is survived by his daughter Melissa Ann Nowling ( Lucy) and her husband Karl M. Lucy; three grandchildren Bradley Ray Cardin, Brittany Michelle Wilson, and Gregory Aaron Wilson; two great-grandchildren Raylan Edward Carroll and Kiersten Lyric Cardin; sister Sandra Moses of Apalachicola; brother Willadee McQuagge, and countless cousins, nwill be held Tuesday Aug. 16 at the Eastpoint cemetery at 10 a.m.  In lieu of flowers the family will be holding a benefit Saturday, Aug. 20 at the Riverfront Park in Apalachicola to help with funeral and services cost. Thank you for all your support and thoughts; Ray, you will be missed.

Services were provided by Comforter Funeral Home.