Elnora Loray Martin-Calhoun

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Elnora Loray Calhoun was born in Oak Hill, WV on November 15, 1964, to the late Mr. and Mrs. Theodore H. and Charlotte Martin, Sr. Affectionately known as Loray; she was the youngest of seven children and peacefully departed this life in her residence in Columbus, Ohio on Monday, July 17, 2023.

Loray was introduced to religion at an early age and always had Christ as the foundation in her life. She was baptized in her home church, Pleasant Valley Baptist Church in Carlisle, WV, which was built and established by her paternal grandparents in 1901. Although she presently attends New Birth Christian Ministry in Columbus, OH; Loray remains a legacy member of her home church.

Loray graduated from Mt. Hope High School in 1983 and was actively involved in school politics, sports, served as the majorette Captain, and a member of the Flag Corps. Academics were always at the forefront of her high school career, but she found time to participate in intramural sports and Future Business Leaders of America. After high school, Loray furthered her education at multiple institutions, to include: obtaining an Associates degree from West Virginia University Institute of Technology in Computer Science; a diploma in Paralegal Studies from Ohio Dominican University; Bachelor of Science degree in Interior Design and Decorating, cum laude, from The Art Institute of Atlanta; and a Masters degree in Criminal Justice, magna cum laude, from Everest University. Utilizing these degrees and other education and personal experience; Loray worked in the legal profession for 30 years beginning with employment as a Paralegal at Ransier & Ransier, LLP followed by the position of Executive Legal Assistant at Vorys, Sater, Seymour, and Pease, LLP to which she remained employed until her death.

Loray was a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc and represented the women of Crimson and Cream diligently while also serving her community. She has held multiple leadership positions including Deputy Treasurer to Charleta Tavares, State Representative and Ohio State Senator; Deputy Treasurer to Kevin Boyce, Columbus City Council Member and State Representative; Treasurer of the Paralegal Association of Central Ohio; official Board President to the Women’s Missionary at Mt. Nebo Baptist Church and most recently nominated to represent her firms’ legal assistants on the Vorys Women’s Network of Legal Professionals Council.

Loray was preceded in death by her parents Theodore and Charlotte Martin, Sr and two sisters: Letha Renee Martin and Sandra Martin-Grant. She leaves to cherish her memories; four siblings: Gloria Christeen Brown (Charles), Johnny Angelo Martin, and Samuel Jerome Martin all of Hilltop, WV and Theodore Martin, Jr of Alexandria, LA; one goddaughter: Lakeisha Booker; seven nieces; two nephews and a host of great nieces and nephews, cousins, and friends. Loray had a very special group of friends that she traveled with and attended multicultural and sorority events alongside. She also had a deep love for reading and African American culture which led her to establishing, “Women of Distinction”; a social book club she shared with friends.

Loray seldom met a stranger, loved crafting, bringing together family and friends, and was devoted to her job and work family. She will be greatly and deeply missed by many, near and far.

Visitation 9:00 AM and 11:00 AM Saturday, July 22, 2023 at MARLAN J. GARY FUNERAL HOME, THE CHAPEL OF PEACE EAST, 5456 E. Livingston Ave. (one block east of Noe Bixby, turn North on Lonsdale Rd.).

Interment at Greenwood Memorial Park Saturday, July 29, 2023.

Condolence Messages

  1. Patricia D Frazier

    Sorry for. Your. Loss. She. Was a. Formal classmate at. Mount hope

  2. My sincere condolences and prayers to the family of Loray. This is definitely a hard for me. God has truly gained a beautiful angel. REST PEACEFULLY IN HEAVEN, sis. Gone but will never be forgotten.

  3. Lynn (Linda) Kocheran

    Some people come into your lives and barely leave an impression, some people come into your life and make you want to be a better person. That person was Loray… what an inspiration Loray was with her kindness, her gentle laugh and the way she respected everyone. I was so glad to have had the opportunity to have worked with Loray for over 20 years. May your memories and love for Loray keep you wanting to be a better person, I know I will always be inspired by her. Lynn Kocheran

  4. Loray was a wonderful human being and is going to be missed dearly by her friends at Vorys. She was a sparkling personality with a lot of love for life. I hope she is in a place where she can decorate to her heart’s content! My sincere condolences for your loss.

  5. Sheryl Johnson

    Loray was an awesome and true friend. She was a beautiful person inside and out. Loray, you will truly be missed. The last conversation we had we talked about you buying new furniture and we were going to have our boards replaced on our deck. We have been friends for over 30 yrs and I adopted you as my other little sister. Our last phone conversation this past weekend was when you told me when you turn 60 , you wanted all your girlfriends to go on a trip for the. 60th and not a party. I am going to miss yo u so much . God truly gain another angel. Tell Warrenetta I said hello. RIH girlfriend


  7. Tamera Pendergrass

    I just wanted to send my condolences, tho I’ve never had the pleasure of meeting Loray in person, I’ll always remember how nice and kind her voice was whenever she called for assistance at the Epiq Columbus Office .

  8. Kim Menei-Ferrell

    Even though we had not seen each other for years, this is such a sad loss. May her legacy and zest for life live on through those she called friends. Sincere condolences for the Martin family.

  9. Evang.Mary Myrick Coles

    my prayers goes out the family may God gives each and eveyone the peace and comfort of knowing the memories all of you have had. I went to school and high school with the family hilltop wva.Prayers to all of you

  10. Evang.Mary Myrick Coles

     Prayers and confort to the Martin Family may God gives you all comfort and Peace in

  11. Kelli Flood-Lanzot

    Loray will be missed! She was such a class act… she was my big sister and my mentor. I will miss her immensely. She was a joy to be around….

  12. Catherine Miller

    Loray was one of the sweetest person I’ve ever known. She was one of God’s angels on earth. R.I.P Loray. You will never be forgotten ️

  13. Jennifer Willis Arledge

    Loray was a kind and caring person. She had such style and grace. It was an honor to be her friend. She will be sorely missed by everyone who knew her. My very sincere condolences to the family and the endless group of friends who lost a true gem.

  14. Angie Eyerman

    Loray was such a kind soft spoken person. Just a truly classy lady. Always impeccably dressed with a smile on her face. I’ll miss seeing her at the office and hearing about her travels. My deepest sympathies to her family and loved ones.

  15. Loray was a very kind and sweet person. I had met Loray while working at Vorys. Prayers for her family for the loss of such an inspiring, wonderful lady.

  16. Dolores Richmond

    Words cannot express how saddened I was to learn about Loray. She was the epitome of grace and I know she will be missed by family and friends. We shared the love of Motown and gospel music and our Christian faith. I will have only the fondest memories of working with her. To the family may you be blessed with all the wonderful memories you shared.

  17. Dolores Richmond

    Words cannot express how saddened I was to learn about Loray. She was the epitome of grace and I know she will be missed by family and friends. We shared the love of Motown and gospel music and our Christian faith. I will have only the fondest memories of working with her. To the family may you be blessed with all the wonderful memories you shared.
    Dolores Richmond

  18. My condolences to Loray’s entire family. She was a very kind and loving person. Always had a beautiful smile. It is a blessing to have known her. Loray you will be missed. God has called you home and you have received your wings. Well done God’s good and faithful servant.

  19. Brian Robinson

    My deepest condolences to the family. Loray will truly be missed. May GOD continue to keep and strengthen you all in your time of loss.

  20. I To the family of our dear Loray
    Our hearts are broken hearing of her sudden passing.

    She was a beautiful lady who loved her family and her many friends.

    I will miss her spirit and her
    beautiful smile.

    May God’s perfect peace that passes all understanding be with your loved ones and keep you.

    Take your rest my dear sister
    Friend and co-worker

  21. Lillian P. Fields

    When Loray and I met, we found out we were Sorors of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and some academic degrees similarities. After a period of time, Loray started calling me Aunt Jenny (my nickname). I found to be endearing. Loray was one of the the most honest, caring, loyal persons I’ve known. She truly loved the Lord, her family, true friends, Sorority, cooking and traveling. She enjoyed and was dedicated to her employer. Speaking of travel, she recently returned from Africa. From all account she and her friends thoroughly enjoyed themselves. I received numerous photos from her and we talked more when she got home. Loray and I also spoke frequently about the love we had for our Sorority and our involvement over the years. I will miss her immensely, and my heart is very heavy. I’m thankful to God for the time we spent. Rest in peace my dear friend and Soror. My condolences to the family.

  22. Bonita Kauffman

    I am so sorry for your loss. I knew Loray during the time that I worked at Vorys and I always appreciated her kindness. Loray will be missed.

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