OBITUARY

Novice Franklin Wray

May 26, 1924April 29, 2021

Novice Franklin Wray, age 96, was born Monday, May 26, 1924 in Elkton, Kentucky and departed this life, Thursday, April 29, 2021. He is preceded in death by his parents, Richard and Geneva Wray, his wife of 64 years, Mabel Wray.

Two sons, Duane (Janet) Wray and William Wray both of the Goodlettsville area, survive Mr. Wray. He also leaves two grandchildren, Christy (Bruce) Busby and Ashley (Brandon) Goodwin; four great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

He attended Dickerson Road Baptist Church since 1959 where he taught Sunday school for most of that time and Sunday night class in which he taught Genesis to Revelation taking approximately 22 years to complete. He was an active member of the Gideon’s Organization for many years. He served in WWII in the US Navy aboard the USS Velocity minesweeper. He worked for Hayes Garment Company for many years and finished his career working in the Metro Nashville Criminal Court Clerk’s office.

A celebration of life will be conducted 10:00 Tuesday, May 4, 2021 in the chapel of Forest Lawn Funeral Home with Duane Wray officiating. Burial with Navy Honors will follow in Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens.

Family and friends will gather to remember Mr. Wray at a visitation Monday, May 3, 2021 from 4:00 until 8:00 and one hour prior to the service on Tuesday at Forest Lawn Funeral Home 1150 South Dickerson Pike Goodlettsville, Tennessee

Services

  • Visitation

    Monday, May 3, 2021

  • A Celebration of Life

    Tuesday, May 4, 2021

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angie butler

May 10, 2021

Once in a blue moon I find someone that is genuine. Novice was the most loving, caring, honest man of God I have ever met. So many pages of my bible have his name on them. He was such a light to me. I never heard him say anything negative about anything and he was always a peacemaker. He loved his wife and family so much. He was always willing to help with anything around the church. He always spoke the truth thru God's holy word. I love him so much.
My condolences to all of the family and friends. I will cherish every memory and hold them deep in my heart.. Until we meet again Mr.Wray. Rest in peace...
Love, Angie McKinney Butler DRBC

Janice Hale

May 1, 2021

My thoughts and prayers are with the family! He was a most precious person and so was his wife. May God wrap his arms around all his family. Lynda and Brad will miss him nearly.

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FROM THE FAMILY

Biography

Novice Franklin Wray, age 96, was born Monday, May 26, 1924 in Elkton, Kentucky and departed this life, Thursday, April 29, 2021. He is preceded in death by his parents, Richard and Geneva Wray, his wife of 64 years, Mabel Wray.

Two sons, Duane (Janet) Wray and William Wray both of the Goodlettsville area, survive Mr. Wray. He also leaves two grandchildren, Christy (Bruce) Busby and Ashley (Brandon) Goodwin; four great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

He attended Dickerson Road Baptist Church since 1959 where he taught Sunday school for most of that time and Sunday night class in which he taught Genesis to Revelation taking approximately 22 years to complete. He was an active member of the Gideon’s Organization for many years. He served in WWII in the US Navy aboard the USS Velocity minesweeper. He worked for Hayes Garment Company for many years and finished his career working in the Metro Nashville Criminal Court Clerk’s office.

A celebration of life will be conducted 10:00 Tuesday, May 4, 2021 in the chapel of Forest Lawn Funeral Home with Duane Wray officiating. Burial with Navy Honors will follow in Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens.

Family and friends will gather to remember Mr. Wray at a visitation Monday, May 3, 2021 from 4:00 until 8:00 and one hour prior to the service on Tuesday at Forest Lawn Funeral Home 1150 South Dickerson Pike Goodlettsville, Tennessee