James "Donnie" Wray

January 20, 1937July 3, 2021

James Donnie Wray, 84, went home to be with our Heavenly Father on July 3, 2021 while surrounded by his two daughters and loving family. Donnie was born in Altavista, VA on January 20, 1937 to Roger and Edith Wray. He graduated from Alamance High School in 1956 in Greensboro, NC and went on to join the US Navy where he served from 1956-1962 as Boatswain Mate 3rd Class. He worked for many years as a welder at Carolina Steel Corp in Greensboro, NC. Donnie was a loyal servant to the Lord since an early age and dedicated his life to serving and witnessing to others. He was a faithful and dedicated member of Pleasant Garden Baptist Church. Donnie was preceded in death by his loving wife of 61 years, Betty Lou Wray as well as his brother David Lee Wray and sister-in-law Betty Sue Wray. He is survived by 2 daughters, Connie Wooten and Robin Wray. 6 grandchildren: Joey and Christopher (Laura) Lafroscia, Kristen and Kelsi Wooten, Christopher (Danielle) Heath, Jr and Tyler (Lindsay) Bishop. 8 great grandchildren: Haley, Shawn and Lily Lafroscia, Scarlett Wooten, Jocelynn, Brayden, Addison and Liam Heath. There are also a host of nieces and nephews. Graveside services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday at Guilford Memorial Park with Military Honors provided by the Randolph County Honor Guard. The eulogy to be given by good friend and pastor Paul Marth. The family would like to thank, on Donnie’s behalf, Amy Schwartz and Carol Hopper for being such loving and supportive friends. He also wanted to thank caregiver Rebecca Ivey for her outstanding care, support and love these past few weeks.


  • Graveside Service

    Wednesday, July 7, 2021


James "Donnie" Wray

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Sam nelson

July 13, 2021

So sorry to hear of Donnies passing. I will always remember him as he always radiated happiness and kindness every day at school. Sammy Nelson, Class of '56.

Janice Worthey

July 10, 2021

My sincerest condolences go out to the family!! Donnie Wray was a really special person. He and Betty both will truly be missed by all. Thank God we know that he is in a better place. No more sickness or pain. Back with Lou Lou! Once again!

Connie Wooten

July 6, 2021

You are the best dad a daughter could ever have daddy!! I love you so so much and I am going to miss you terribly! You were always my favorite person in the whole world even when you were so strict on me growing up through the years. I know you are in a better place and no longer suffering. Daddy, thank you for waiting on me to be by your side when God called you home!!!

Robin Wray

July 6, 2021

Oh daddy, I feel so lost without you here with me. For over a year we have been side by side every single day. You fought so hard for so long. I watched you hurt, I watched you suffer. I watched you laugh, I watched you cry. Now God has you and you will never suffer or hurt again. But you will always be laughing. You are with our Heavenly Father and momma now. There's no better place to be. I'm so glad I have the memories of our time together and will forever treasure them. You loved to joke and I'm going to miss that. I will miss watching westerns non-stop with you. I can't count how many times I wanted to throw out that tv because of those westerns but for you I would watch them 24/7. I'm also going to miss the constant bible lessons. You taught me so much and because of you, my faith in God is much stronger. You helped me understand verses that confused me and you made me think, question and read. I'm proud to have been your daughter. Oh how I'm gonna miss you but I know I will see you and momma again one day when God calls me home.

Patsy Kestner

July 6, 2021

We always looked to see if Betty and Donnie were sitting under their tree. When we would stop for a visit Mr. Wray would begin our chat with a scripture. We will miss the love that they showed to others,even when things were tough for them. Beautiful blessed servants of our Lord and Savior.