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Franklin Marshall Bray

Franklin Marshall Bray, 58, passed away peacefully in his home in Midlothian, VA on March 28, 2021.  Born on February 24, 1963 in Suffolk, VA, he was preceded in death by his parents, Dr. Maurice M. Bray and Henrietta D. Bray, and his brothers Maurice M. Bray, Jr. and W. Bruce Bray.

Frank, born with Down Syndrome, attended Suffolk High School through 12th grade. He brought endless joy to his family and friends with his infectious personality. He shared his unconditional love and embraced each day by living in the moment. His loving and devoted mother paved the way for Frank to enjoy a life full of opportunities.  In 2000, Frank moved to Midlothian to live with his sister and begin new adventures.

Frank valued family, friends, his guitar and music, church activities, books, the OBX, traveling, going out to eat, and reading anything about Andy Griffith. His favorite memory was meeting Andy at the OBX. Frank had a kind spirit, spread love everywhere, and had no tolerance for anyone unkind.

He had a wonderful sense of humor and enjoyed imitating late-night comedians. He embraced anything with law which led him to be an active volunteer on political campaigns.  Frank had a quest for knowledge, was insightful, and pursued his dreams with determination. He was honored by the NC Senate as “a man dedicated to sharing himself and his gifts with his family, community, and church”.

Frank is survived by Marilyn Bray, his sister, whom he dearly adored. The family has expressed gratitude to everyone who loved and supported Frank, especially his close friends and the Woodlake United Methodist Church community, all of whom he considered to be his family. The family extends a special thanks to Dr. Eric Haacke-Golden, his friend and physician.

A graveside service will be held in the Holly Lawn Cemetery in Suffolk at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, April 22, 2021. The family has requested that attendees observe Covid precautions with a mask and social distancing. As music spoke to Frank, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the music program at Woodlake United Methodist Church, 15640 Hampton Park Drive, Chesterfield, VA 23832. R.W. Baker & Co. Funeral Home and Crematory at 509 W. Washington St., Suffolk, VA 23434 is serving the family.


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Marilyn, I just learned of your loss of Frank. Am thinking of you - how blessed to share time with one who found happiness in the moments of each new day.

Ann Consolvo Jul 1 2021 6:41 AM

Marilyn, I was so saddened to hear of Frank's passing. What a wonderful person he was! Please accept my most sincere sympathy... Patti

Patti Friend Conrad May 13 2021 12:00 AM

Marilyn, So saddened to hear about Frank. He and your mother were customers of mine at Smith Optical Company in Suffolk for many years. Got to know Frank and your mother and always enjoyed seeing them.

Tony Pivinski May 13 2021 12:00 AM

Marilyn, I am so sorry for your loss- my sincere sympathy to you and family. Jean Wolf Robb

Jean Wolf Robb May 13 2021 12:00 AM

So very sorry... wonderful memories of Frank and his obituary was beautiful. It truly captured who Frank was!

Clay May 13 2021 12:00 AM

Marilyn, So sorry to hear of your loss. I never got to meet Frank, but my mother enjoyed knowing him when they lived next door to each other on Dumville. Anne

Anne Howell Wood May 13 2021 12:00 AM

Marilyn, so sorry to hear about your special brother, who loved you so much. I remember your Mother & Frank coming into Brewer Jewelry Co. during the yrs. I worked there, to purchase wedding/shower gifts. Frank was always so patient while waiting for Mom to do her shopping. He was a real sweetheart that all of us enjoyed chatting with while he was waiting for Mom. Im sure you will miss him and we pray God will give you the strength to adjust in the coming days without your dear brother. Prayers for you and rest of family.

Mollie Moore May 13 2021 12:00 AM

Marilyn, also sorry to hear of your loss....Frank growing up was your right hand man that I can remember.....He will be truly missed by family and the community he touched daily.....My thoughts are with you and family.....Always a friend

David Sweat May 13 2021 12:00 AM

My memories of Frank make me smile...sure he touched many lives. May your memories bring you peace and comfort.

Jane OConnor Smith May 13 2021 12:00 AM

Marilyn:. I was so sorry and shocked to hear of Frank's passing. He was my Sweetie Pie and I loved him so much. I want to thank you for letting me get to know Frank and spend time with him. What an amazing, smart man he was. May God hold you in His Hands.

Sue Luter May 13 2021 12:00 AM

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