March 22, 2016 ~ October 28, 2021

Born in: Austin, Texas
Resided in: Bryan, Texas

Raymond Allen Johnson passed away into the arms of the Lord on October 28, 2021.   Raymond was born on March 22, 2016 in Austin, Texas to the parents of Riley Daniel Johnson and Lauren Haley Trail.  Raymond’s love for life started on day 1 to the day he left us. Raymond was always full of so much energy, especially when he played outside, which was something that he always enjoyed.   His best friends were his sister Lacey Grace and his cousin Lucas Johnson, the three of them loved playing together.  Some of Raymond’s favourite things included; power rangers, dinosaurs, Legos, wagon rides, and anything else they could get their hands on.

At the age of two, Raymond was your typical little boy, always experimenting and trying to test the limits of his parent’s patience.  This all changed for Raymond and his family on October 4, 2018, when he was diagnosed with stage 4 hepatoblastoma, a very rare childhood liver cancer that impacts just one in a million children the ages 1-3, around the world each year.  Raymond started chemotherapy at Dell Children Hospital followed by 5 surgeries, one to remove the primary tumor from his liver and the rest were on his lungs.  He rang the bell on June 19th, 2019, when he finished his chemotherapy, and at that time it looked like Ray was on the home stretch and was finally in remission. Unfortunately, the cancer returned in his lungs and he had to start chemotherapy again.  After another 4 rounds of chemotherapy, Ray was accepted into a clinical trial to test a new cancer treatment approach at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston. In August of 2020, Ray was infused with modified CAR-T-Cells that were engineered to attack the metastasized cancer within his lungs.   Through all of the treatments, Ray was always strong, always happy, and always found a way to make people smile, even when they were sad.  He was truly one in a million!  In January of 2021, Ray was given 10 rounds of radiation over two weeks to try and help reduce the size of the tumor. In March 2021, Ray’s condition was determined to be terminal, and doctors gave Ray just one month to live.  Despite this devastating news, Ray’s quality of life improved dramatically and he started to regain his strength and once again enjoy his life.  He took a trip with his family to Disneyworld and was part of the Lion King show.  This past summer, Ray got to enjoy a normal boy’s life.  He got to play in the dirt, ride horses, catch fish, and even got to go to kindergarten.  Ray loved the outdoors and spent some of his best days being outdoors with his family.  He truly was a fighter, a warrior, and a hero to everyone.

Ray’s journey inspired so many around the world to believe in miracles and re-discover their faith.   The miracle was that he was with us for so long, always happy, and always smiling. He was a Ray of Light in everyone’s life!

Ray is survived by his parents, Riley Daniel Johnson and Lauren Haley Trail; his sister, Lacey Grace; his grandparents, Suzy Renee Johnson and Dustan Ray Hale; Mark and Mira Johnson; Mark and Linda Trail; great grandparents, Pamela Poole and Mary Johnson; and his Uncle Ches and Aunt Kellany “Yang Yang” Johnson; and his cousin, Lucas Johnson.

Viewing will be on November 2, 2021, from 4-6 pm at Callaway-Jones Funereal Home, 3001 S. Collage Ave., Bryan, Texas 78701.

Memorial service will be on November 3, 2021, at 10 am at Hillcrest Baptist Church, 4220 Boonville Rd., Bryan, Texas 77802.


Visitation: November 2, 2021 4:00 pm - November 2, 2021 6:00 pm

Callaway-Jones Funeral Home & Cremation Center
3001 S College Ave
Bryan, TX 77801


Funeral Service: November 3, 2021 10:00 am

Hillcrest Baptist Church
4220 Boonville Road
Bryan, Texas 77802

(979) 776-5731

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  1. My deepest condolensces to the Family of Raymond Johnson Trail. I’m saddened to hear of little angel Raymond passing. We all will miss him. My prayers goes out to Raymond’s Parents Ms. Lauren Trail and to his Grandparents and siblings during this sad times. I know Raymond is smiling down from Heaven. I pray that all childhood cancer gets cured. It’s not easy to see children with cancer its very sad. My prayers are with yall.

  2. I wanted to send my sincerest condolences to everyone in this trying time. I was really sorry to hear about what happened to Ray. He had a lot of love in his life and he’s lucky to have the people he has surrounding him and supporting him all throughout. I never got to meet him, but he sounded like an amazing kid. Rest in Peace, Ray.

  3. Thank you Ray for showing us heroes still exist. You have changed so many lives most of whom you’ve never even met. I’m forever grateful to your mom for letting me share your journey. I feel like I’m a better person for just knowing you. You are the strongest little man I’ve ever met! We are all jealous of heaven because it just became so much more amazing. Rest peacefully.

  4. Raymond was truly a Ray of Light with a smile that could light the whole world. My prayers are with the family during this very difficult time. Fly with the angels little warrior, you are in no more pain or sickness, you’re in the arms of Jesus. I’ll never forget you sweetie.

  5. Raymond you were so brave, courageos, and strong. You are our hero, learned so much from you and so glad we were part of your journey
    Love ya to the moon
    Big Popa and Vovó

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