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Elsie Bray

Elsie Mae "'Skinny'" Bray (Watkins)

Tuesday, June 10th, 1941 - Thursday, October 29th, 2020
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Elsie Mae Bray, daughter of the late Ellis and Mary Watkins, was born on June 10, 1941 in Halifax, Virginia.

She accepted Christ at an early age and was baptized at First Baptist Church in Norfolk, Virginia.

And continued her walk with Christ and joined Mount Olive Baptist Church on December 29, 2014.

She departed this life on October 29, 2020 after a short illness.
She received her education at Booker T. Washington High School in Norfolk, Virginia.

She married Earl Henderson Bray on September 22, 1961 and out of that union, three sons were born: Kenneth, Alvin and Calvin.

Elsie retired from the Norfolk Public School System after 18 years of service. She enjoyed being on the Hospitality Committee, the Golden Years Ministry and Missionary Ministry.

She participated in the Norfolk Senior Olympics and was a member of the Grand Court, Order of Calanthe of Virginia.

Elsie, or “Skinny” which she was fondly known as, enjoyed going to the movies, reading books and having lunch with her friends. She loved family holidays and traveling.

Elsie leaves to cherish her memory: her son Kenneth, Alvin (Felicia) family friend, Calvin( Tanya) a devoted daughter in law. One sister Wilhemenia Avant of New York;

adopted sister and brother Esther Charity and James Carter both of Norfolk, Virginia; five grandchildren, Tiara, Shayla, Kimberly, Kenneth and Brianna and a host of great grands, nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.
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  • Visitation

    Friday, November 6th, 2020 | 2:00pm - 6:00pm
    Friday, November 6th, 2020 2:00pm - 6:00pm
    Graves Funeral Home
    1631 Church St.
    Norfolk, VA 23504
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  • Service

    Saturday, November 7th, 2020 | 1:00pm
    Saturday, November 7th, 2020 1:00pm
    Woodlawn Memorial Gardens
    6309 East Virginia Beach Boulevard
    Norfolk, VA 23502
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  • Interment

    Woodlawn Memorial Gardens
    6309 East Virginia Beach Blvd.
    Norfolk, Virginia 23502
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The Avant Family

Posted at 10:50am
"Aunt Skinny" will remain in our hearts forever. Mom will always think of you and your time together. We will always love and miss you.

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Cynthia Ann

Posted at 05:07pm
Aunt Skinny I miss you already. I will forever miss our holidays and family celebrations. I will miss your voice in my head and my heart. Our conversations, our love of food. Our endless summers

Cynthia Ann Posted at 05:11pm

con't. Our endless summers of my childhood that have been replaying in my head lately. Thank you for taking care of me and making me feel so special.

Cindy, Eddie, Harlynn and Gerod

Posted at 05:07pm
In loving memory of all the support and love you have shared with my family. Rest Well.
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Kelly Gravely

Posted at 07:00am
To my brother-in-law Calvin, My sister Tanya, and Brianna—- my sincere condolences on the loss of Elsie. Elsie loved her family and it showed. I grieve with you all and the rest of the Bray family. May Elsie Rest In Peace. Love Kelly Gravely

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