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Raymond Cameron, 92, of Rockwall passed away Jan. 5, 2012.  
He was born Sept. 1, 1919, in Commerce to Noah and Kate Cameron. Raymond joined the Methodist church in Commerce at a young age. His education began at the age of 5 at East Texas State Teacher’s College lab school, from which he graduated at the age of 20 with a bachelor of science. While in college Raymond met and married Elizabeth Rochell on Sept. 20, 1942; and to this union one son was born, Ronald Brooks Cameron.
Raymond served his country proudly during World War II as an instructor in the flight engineering school at several U.S. Army air bases. He was a teacher as well as a farmer, and in 1965 he joined his brother Bill in the real estate and development business. They developed several subdivisions in addition to the Ridge Road Shopping Center and the Cameron building. This was Rockwall’s first of each. Raymond’s service to the community included leadership in a host of organizations, namely president of the Chamber of Commerce, school board, Rotary Club and City Council member. The city lake is named in his honor.
Raymond’s dedication to the church and serving the Lord has been a very important part of his life.  He has served First United Methodist Church as a Sunday school teacher for more than 50 years and felt it his obligation to serve, whether it was on local, district or conference level. Even though Raymond was not musically inclined, seeing the need, he asked permission to raise funds for a new organ and pipes.
His commitment to his alma mater has been shown in several capacities, namely president of the Ex-Students Association, president of the Foundation Board and serving on the Board of Regents for 11 years, two of those years as chairman.  Raymond was awarded Distinguished Alumnus in 1978. Upon the opening of the new science building, a room was dedicated in honor of Raymond and Elizabeth Cameron.
Raymond and Elizabeth gave land for the Amanda Rochell Elementary School in memory of their son, Ronald Brooks Cameron, and his grandmother, Amanda Rochell.  Raymond received much pleasure from sharing 40 acres of his property with the Boy Scouts of his area. One of the greatest pleasures for Raymond and Elizabeth has been awarding scholarships to Rockwall and Royse City students each year who plan to attend Texas A&M Commerce.
Raymond was a 32nd Degree Mason which includes Scottish Rite and Shriners.  He was honored by being a 50-year member of Scottish Rite in 2011. He received much pleasure in working in his wood shop making toys and vintage cars for his friends. Another hobby Raymond derived pleasure from was making peach and pear preserves. He gave the fruits of his labor to his friends and the annual United Methodist Women’s Church Bazaar in November.
Raymond and Elizabeth looked forward to each summer when they could travel to their favorite places in the U.S. and abroad. A highlight of these summer vacations was to travel to Europe and other countries with Ted and Maurine Cain.
Raymond is survived by his wife; sister-in-law June Cameron; nephew Don Cameron and wife Becky; niece Deborah Cook and husband Ed; niece Jessica Alexander and husband Collin; nephew Jeff Cameron and wife Amy; nephew Joey Cameron; and a number of great-nieces and nephews and great-great-nieces and nephews.  
He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Ronald Brooks Cameron in 1961 at the age of 14; brother James Cameron; nephew Rex Cameron; brother Bill Cameron; a sister-in-law, Ida Jo Cameron; niece Suzanne Cameron Mosley; a great-nephew, Justin Kirk Conway; and great-great-nephew Jude Cameron.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m., Jan. 8, at First United Methodist Church, Rockwall, with Dr. Joe Pool and Dr. Keith P. Boone officiating. Interment followed in Rockwall Memorial Cemetery.  
Rest Haven Funeral Home-Rockwall Chapel was in charge of arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church Building Fund, 1200 E. Yellow Jacket Lane, 1200 E. Yellow Jacket Lane, Rockwall, Texas 75087.
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Published on  January 12, 2012
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