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1631 Church Street
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Ernest Bray

Ernest Lee Bray Jr.

Monday, October 8th, 1962 - Wednesday, February 12th, 2020
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On Wednesday, February 12, 2020 while at home with his loving wife and supportive family, Ernest L. Bray Jr. peacefully fell asleep in death.
Ernest was born on October 8, 1962 in Lafayette, LA to the late Ernest L. Bray Sr. and Margaret Bray. Ernest was pre-deceased in death by his sister Stephanie Lynn and his brother John Wayne.
Ernest was baptized as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses on July 19, 1980. He had the privilege of serving as an Elder in the Great Bridge Congregation.
Ernest was a graduate of Franklin High School in Franklin, LA. He retired from Cavalier Ford Lincoln Inc. in Chesapeake, VA after working over 25 years in the auto industry where he loved to sale cars. He was a true New Orleans Saint Fan “WHO DAT NATION.” Ernest loved music, and he loved to dress. He was known for his “sock game” and neck ties. Ernest loved to ride motorcycles. He was always ready to hit the road and travel with his wife.
Ernest touched many lives in an exceptional way. Many young ones looked to him as a father figure. He was always willing to give wise and valuable advice to those who needed it.
Ernest is survived by his loving wife of 29 years, Gwendolyn and his children Gilovonna Williams (Cornelius) of Chesapeake, VA. Tywone Griffin (Bryan) of Chesapeake, VA. Gavin Bray of LA. Michelle Wims (Kenya) of Chesapeake, VA. Lindsey Bray of LA. Ingrid Mitchell (Davarious) of Bryant, Arkansas. Shaneika Square of Chesapeake, VA and 6 bonus children Annie, Abby, Amy, Clay, Danielle and Erin. He is also survived by two sisters Earline Bray of Franklin, LA. Tanzie Perrodin of Lafayette, LA. Two brothers Clayton Phillips of LA. Steve Bray (Denise) of Chesapeake, VA and a sister in law Dorethea Figueroa (Eddie) of Virginia Beach, VA and his 13 grandchildren. Along with a host of relatives, aunts, friends, nephews, nieces and cousins.
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  • Visitation

    Friday, February 21st, 2020 | 1:00pm - 6:00pm
    Friday, February 21st, 2020 1:00pm - 6:00pm
    Graves Funeral Home
    1631 Church St.
    Norfolk, VA 23504
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    Saturday, February 22nd, 2020 | 11:00am
    Saturday, February 22nd, 2020 11:00am
    Kingdom Hall - Chesapeake
    681 Old Oak Grove Road
    Chesapeake, Virginia 23320
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Latreisa Freeman

Posted at 06:24pm
To the Bray family. I am sorry to hear about the lost of your dear loved one. Gwen, I was so sorry to hear about Bro. Bray. Bianca and I will never forget the love that the both of you and Michelle showed us. We have often talk about the wonderful times at the Brays house for hospitality after the meeting on Sundays. Good memories. Your family is in my prayers. Love, Latreisa Freeman

Deborah Mapp

Posted at 12:54pm
To The Bray Family: We met Ernest in 2012 when he sold us a car. He was a very kind and personable man who went out of his way to help others. He had great love for his family and talked about his family whenever we would see him. He always took time to sit and talk with us. He sold us another car last year and even though he had health issues that he told us about, he never complained. He will be missed by a lot of people; however, we know that he is resting with Jesus. May God comfort each of you as only he can. Peace & Love, William and Deborah Mapp

Philip & Doris Hood

Posted at 11:57am
Gwen, deepest sympathy, thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I know it’s a difficult time for you all. But Jehovah God will indeed give you the strength to cope during this time of grief and sorrow. Yes relying on Jehovah, he promise to comfort us in all our trials 2 Corinthians 1:3,4. May the fond memories of Ernest always be cherished. I know there are many. John 11:33-35 tells us God’s son Jesus felt the pain and sorrow death brings after his friend Lazarus died. He gave way to tears. We weep with you all. Philip & Doris Hood

Kesha Melvin

Posted at 07:45am
You all are in my thoughts and prayers. Ernest will be missed. Sending all my love.
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Barbara McClary

Posted at 01:07pm
My condolences to the Bray family.
In light of (3) vehicle purchases over the years.....Thank you for your honest and exceptional customer service.

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