Ray Martin DeMonia died last week in Meridian, Mississippi. He was three days shy of his 74th birthday and a well-known native in Cullman, Alabama, his family said.
DeMonia suffered from a cardiac event, and emergency staff at Cullman Regional Medical Center had to bring him to the nearest available bed, which was nearly 200 miles away at a Mississippi hospital.
In his obituary, DeMonia's family urged people to get vaccinated against COVID-19.
"In honor of Ray, please get vaccinated if you have not, in an effort to free up resources for non-COVID related emergencies," the obituary read. "He would not want any other family to go through what his did."
"Ray DeMonia was like no other," his obituary read.