Carl Ray Felts

Carl Ray Felts

May 17, 1940 - September 16, 2018

Rev. Carl Ray Felts, 78, of Corbin, KY, departed this life and entered into his eternal home on September 16, 2018.  Born May 17, 1940, in Corbin, he was the son of the late Matt and Martha Felts. A man of devout faith, he was an ordained minister and full time Pastor of Dorthae Pentecostal Church for 39 years, where he remained the Bishop of the Church for the last 18 years. He loved the Lord, his family, and Church family with his whole heart. 

He was employed at CSX Transportation for 37 years, and for 35 years of that time, he was an engineer. Also, he was awarded the title of Kentucky Colonel in 1989.

In addition to his father and mother, Carl was preceded in death by his brothers, James Roy Felts and Ken Felts; sisters, Lena Adkins, Captola Sulfridge, Lillie Crawford, and his twin sister, Carol Faye Smith Ledford.  Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Bobbie Felts; one son, Mark Felts; one daughter, Lisa Johnson and husband, Mike; two grandchildren, Zach Johnson and wife Hannah, and Andrew Johnson; two great-grandchildren, Tucker Johnson and Tanner Johnson; one brother, Lon Felts and wife, Faye, one sister, Ann McHargue; several nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews; and a host of family and friends who mourn his passing. 

A Celebration of Life service will be held at 1:00 P.M. Wednesday, September 19, 2018, at Dorthae Pentecostal Church, officiated by Pastor Billy Evans, Rev. Harold Sulfridge, Rev. Zach Johnson and Andrew Johnson. Burial will follow in Cumberland Memorial Gardens at Lily.

Pallbearers will be his nephews:  Ronnie Sulfridge, Butch McHargue, Rick Crawford, Scott Crawford, Phil Crawford, Mike Smith, David Smith, Rick Felts, Kenny Felts, Matt Felts, and Brent Cunagin.

The family of Rev. Carl Ray Felts will receive friends from 6 – 9 P.M. Tuesday, September 18, 2018, at Dorthae Pentecostal Church.  

The family would like to thank Bluegrass Care Navigators and Anita Sawyers for their help in providing care during his illness.


  • Denny Liford
    Posted at 23:22h, 17 September Reply

    Sad to hear of Carl Ray’s passing. He was a wonderful man and a great inspiration to so many. Prayers and deepest condolences from the Liford family.

    Posted at 00:21h, 18 September Reply

    i worked with carl ray on many trains over the years. we would brag on our lord and saviour, in the presence of many lost men who would hear the gospel through our testimony. i’ll never forget and will always cherish those blessed days.

  • Brenda Wilson (Fields)
    Posted at 00:41h, 18 September Reply

    So sorry to hear this. He was a great pastor. A great loss for everyone. Love and prayers to Bobbie Ann, Mark, Lisa.

  • Tracy Wells
    Posted at 13:52h, 18 September Reply

    Oh My, What a day in Heaven Sister Martha No Longer Singing ” It’s Over in Glory ” but singing ” We are in Glory! What an address change notification -Love you all so much just like our family, Heaven has welcomed the sweetest Angel, a true MAN OF GOD. I would say he knows where he is now, God Makes no Mistakes and he is a SHOW OFF GOD, he always shines and now Brother Carl is a part of the Stars that will always shine. Love you Bobbie Ann, mark and Lisa – may his angles keep you bound in his love and compassion.

    Sister Sally Ann Saylor at 5th street use to come in singing I woke up this morning i was feeling so bad my heart was heavy burden so I bowed down my head then he lifted the burden and oh me made me so glad, now Brother Carl is singing I no longer feel bad, no longer have a heavy burden and no longer bowing my head but lifting it in his GLORY and Praise…..

    I am sure there was so many to Welcome Brother Carl Home!
    Love and Prayers always, Trace Wells of Macon Ga

  • Daryl Petree
    Posted at 14:00h, 18 September Reply

    My condolences to the family. Brother Carl gave me one of my first revival meetings. As a matter of fact, he gave me many opportunities to preach. I am very grateful to him. He was very kind to me always. He will be missed.

  • Rayma Sawyers
    Posted at 07:36h, 21 September Reply

    Bobbie Ann and family, you have my sympathy.

  • Elizabeth
    Posted at 14:27h, 22 September Reply

    To the family and friends of Mr. Ray Felts,
    Please accept my sincere condolences for the loss of our loved Carl. After reading other condolences I could appreciate what a special person Mr. Felts was. These words from the scriptures helped me when I experience the loss of my loved one:”And the enemy,death, is to be brought to nothing.”(1.Corinthians 15:26.) This scripture helps me to understand another future promise,”And no resident will say:”I am sick”..(Isaiah 33:24). We all look forward to a time when these promises will be fulfilled. I hope these scriptures bring you a measure of comfort.Please accept my sincere condolences.

  • Larry Petree
    Posted at 20:44h, 15 June Reply

    I was honored to minister at the great church and for pastor Felts. I regard him highly.

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