Ramon was born March 8, 1946, in Great Bend, Kansas, a son of the late Lazzelle Guliford Sr. and Virginia Iona (Thompson) Guliford.
Ramon attended Great Bend High School and graduated from Manhattan High School in 1964. Ramon was active in sports and played basketball throughtout his high school years. He enjoyed all sport, especially golf. Ramon served proudly and honorably in the United States National Guard for three years. He recently received a certificate of appreciation thanking him for the sacrifices he made and willingness to serve our community.
Ramon retired after thirty-five years of employment at Kansas Gas Company.
Ramon united with Manhattan Christian Fellowship Church in 1997. He was ordained a Deacon in 1999 where he served for twenty-three years. Deacon Ray was a man of God who mentored many young men in the faith. He was a man of great strength and courage. He was totally committed to God, family, church and community, the principles of an MP3 man (Priest, Provider, and Protector). His willingness to help his brother or sister was in need is consistent and is honored and appreciated by so many people not only in Manhattan, Kansas but across the country. Another word for Deacon Ray is "resourceful" ...if you need something, he had it or knew of someone that had it!! "Everybody Loved Ramon"
Ramon is survived by his wife Billye Guliford of Manhattan, Kansas, his three children, Valerie Y. Guliford of Dallas, Texas, Jason A. Cole (Wife Denise) of Bellflower, California, Jaynae A. Cole of Manhattan, Kansas, four grandchildren Jacob Cole-Wright, Manhattan, Kansas, Jasani, Jaden, and Jackson Cole of Bellflower, California, four brothers Edward Dale Guliford, (Wife Ruthie) Manhattan, Kansas, Alonzo Dean, Omaha, Nebraska, Shelton Guliford Wichita, Kansas and Kevin Guliford Wichita, Kansas, and five sisters Eleanor Daniels, Topeka, Kansas, Wilma Jane Richardson Topeka, Kansas, Saxie Guliford Manhattan, Kansas, Lana Thompson Wichita, Kansas, Toni Vereen (Husband Lamar), and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and many friends. Ramon was also preceded in death by his parents, and three brothers Lazzelle Guliford Jr., Lawrence Guliford, and Ernest Guliford.
Ramon loved his entire family and the family loved him. He will be greatly missed. To God be the Glory!