Ray and Cynthia were on the road for many years finally as a pioneer and eventually as a DO in Puerto Rico. He was not in contact in a familial way with his uncle. Ray's father was not at Bethel and communication with his brother was limited. No sharing of scriptural truths around the family table. There were some things that happened that made he go hmmm...especially when Cynthia got sick in PR and the emotional support was lacking.
When they were called to Bethel, although being in the same place, Ray and Cynthia continued to have little contact with Ray's uncle except on rare administrative events. Up until 1971 the GB was made up of the same people on the WTS Board of Directors of which Fred Franz was a member, but not Ray. It was a private little group of 7 I think. No much chance of moving up until 1971. If any one out there was a newbie elder, they know how much input they were allowed and if it wasn't on the current thinking, they were shut down.
His bible research led him to see that the WTS could improve and using that research, and writing in the publications, he did try to encourage bible thinking. Ray was not the only person at Bethel with the hope that good ideas from the bible would prevail and that is why in their not yet forbidden informal small group studies that was where the emphasize was place, on the bible, not on WT publications except where the bible supported it. But the GB then sense that these groups were trying to undermine the WTS and the GB and without proof, they started a witch hunt.
Ray was shocked at this and how his friends at Bethel were treated. If you think JCs at the congregation level are bad, what happened then had no pretend basis on the bible. They did not DF him or Cynthia but they had to leave Bethel with $10,000 to provide a home, etc. Ray was only around 60 then, younger than I am now. Neither he or Cynthia had enough credits in Social Security to qualify. So Ray worked 10 years until he did qualify. He depended on kind jws to find him a job, a small place to rent. I never asked how medical needs were met. Then the brother who helped decided to DA himself. As Ray and Cynthia's landlord and employer, he still had to have contact with them. At the time they had dinner with that da'd brother, the rule that having contact with a da'd person was grounds for df'ing did not exist yet. The WTS set up that policy and then back-dated it to df ray. Ray did not da himself. Interestingly, Cynthia also had eaten with this da'd brother, but she was never met with or df'd.
As the WTS revealed itself more and more to Ray and Cynthia, there was no desire on the part of either of them to go back. Just like many of us, it has taken several years of eye-opening events for us to leave. Why not for Ray and Cynthia? One GB member when asked about new scriptural ideas, picked up the magazines on his table in his Bethel room newly delivered, "This is where I learn new things from Jehovah."
So I figure unless we have/had a family member on the GB and were on the GB ourselves, how could we know what Ray and Cynthia knew and when they knew it and when they understood it.