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10/01/11 - NNHS Newsletter - Frances Mclawhorn Bray

Julia Frances Mclawhorn Bray
(01 June 1924 - 28 Sept 2011)

Newport News High School Class of @ 1941

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,  

   There is even more sad news this Saturday.  
  Frances Mclawhorn Bray, Class of @ 1941, passed away at Riverside Hospital in Newport News on Wednesday, September 28, 2011 at the age of 87.

From the Daily Press - 10/01/11:   

                   Frances Mclawhorn Bray


NEWPORT NEWS - Julia Frances Bray passed away at Riverside Hospital on Sept. 28, 2011, of complications from pneumonia.

She was born in Pitt County, N.C., on June 1, 1924, and moved to Newport News in 1940. In 1942, Frances married George S. "Steve" Bray, who passed away in 1999. A graduate of Newport News High School, Frances retired from NASA-Langley in 1984 after 24 years of work for the space program.


Frances Mclawhorn Bray

Frances is survived by her daughter, Connie Bray Mays, of Montgomery Village, Md.; and son, Ronald Stephens Bray of Montebello, Va.; her brother, Dalton Mclawhorn of Seaford, Va.; and sisters, Mary Little of Norfolk, Va., Hazel Free of Chesapeake, Va., and Annice Crist, of Yorktown, Va.; her sister-in-law, Virginia Morgan of Newport News, Va.; her grandchildren, Brad Bray of Richmond, Va., Brian Bray of Virginia Beach, Va., Jeff Mays of Montgomery Village, Md., Katie Mays Reedy of Bethesda, Md., and Amber Koonce of Chesapeake, Va.; and her great-grandchildren, Jaclyn Bray of Port Charlotte, Fla., Bailey Bray of Port Charlotte, Fla., Dustin Bray of Virginia Beach, Va., and Connor Mays of Waynesboro, Pa.

There will be a public visitation on Sunday, Oct. 2, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Peninsula Funeral Home located at 11144 Warwick Blvd, Newport News, VA 23606. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 3, at Faith Baptist Church, 100 Blackburn Lane, Hampton VA 23666.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Frances Bray to the Mark Ellis, MD Endowment Fund for Cancer Care Advancement at Riverside Health System Foundation, 701 Town Center Drive, Suite 1000, Newport News, VA 23606; or by phone at (757) 534-7070.

Peninsula Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in Daily Press from October 1 to October 2, 2011.   
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October 01, 2011

Bray family, my condolences are with your family in your in your time of loss.

~ Unsigned

October 01, 2011

My deepest sympathy to Ronnie, Connie & their Families.
Ms. Bray & her family were our neighbors when I was a child & of my mother's until her death. She was a lovely, beautiful person, always so neatly dressed, and kept her home that way also.

~ Peggy Stancill-Stamey, Hampton, Virginia

October 02, 2011   

October 03, 2011

My deepest sympathy to Frances's family. I worked with her for a number of years and she was a dear person and friend. She continued to update us each year with her family news on her Christmas card. We missed her Memorial Service because we went to the wrong church.

~ Joe and Kathy Young

October 02, 2011


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   Our deepest sympathies are extended to Mrs. Bray's family and friends at this time.

  Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309

Abide With Me

Words by Henry F. Lyte, 1847
Music by William H. Monk, 1861

Abide with me; fast falls the eventide;
The darkness deepens; Lord with me abide.
When other helpers fail and comforts flee,
Help of the helpless, O abide with me.

Swift to its close ebbs out life's little day;
Earth's joys grow dim; its glories pass away;
Change and decay in all around I see;
O Thou who changest not, abide with me.

Not a brief glance I beg, a passing word,
But as Thou dwell'st with Thy disciples, Lord,
Familiar, condescending, patient, free.
Come not to sojourn, but abide with me.

Come not in terrors, as the King of kings,
But kind and good, with healing in Thy wings;
Tears for all woes, a heart for every plea.
Come, Friend of sinners, thus abide with me.

Thou on my head in early youth didst smile,
And though rebellious and perverse meanwhile,
Thou hast not left me, oft as I left Thee.
On to the close, O Lord, abide with me.

I need Thy presence every passing hour.
What but Thy grace can foil the tempter's power?
Who, like Thyself, my guide and stay can be?
Through cloud and sunshine, Lord, abide with me.

I fear no foe, with Thee at hand to bless;
Ills have no weight, and tears no bitterness.
Where is death's sting? Where, grave, thy victory?
I triumph still, if Thou abide with me.

Hold Thou Thy cross before my closing eyes;
Shine through the gloom and point me to the skies.
Heaven's morning breaks, and earth's vain shadows flee;
In life, in death, O Lord, abide with me.

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