Advantage Funeral & Cremation Services – Greensboro

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Jessie L. Ryals Dray

June 16, 1922January 25, 2020

Jessie L. Ryals Dray, 97, passed away Saturday, January 25, 2020 at Beacon Place.

Funeral services will be held at 12:00 pm Wednesday at Advantage Funeral & Cremation Services Chapel with Rev. Gary Blalock officiating. Interment will follow in Lakeview Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm prior to the service at the funeral home.

Jessie was born in Harnett County, North Carolina on June 16, 1922 a daughter to the late Ernest Franklin Ryals and Alice Lorena Stone Ryals. She worked as a private secretary for the county attorney’s office in Buffalo, New York for over 30 years and was a member of Shining Light Baptist Church. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three children, Jack Dray, Sharon Dray and Donald Dray.

Surviving are two sons, Frank Dray and wife Annette, Larry Wright and wife Ramona; one brother, William A. Ryals and wife Phyllis; ten grandchildren; six great grandchildren; four great great grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to Shining Light Baptist Church or to Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro.

Advantage Funeral & Cremation is assisting the family and online condolences may be offered www.advantagegreensboro.com.


  • Receive Friends Wednesday, January 29, 2020
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, January 29, 2020


Jessie L. Ryals Dray

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Thomas Mineo

January 29, 2020

Jessie helped me get a job with the Erie County Sheriff’s Department in 1968. Working the midnight shift I was able to attend Canisius College days. My family and I owe a great debt of gratitude to her.
I pray for her eternal peace.🙏🏻

Hon. Eugene Pigott

January 28, 2020

My deepest sympathy to Jessie's family. Jessie was quite a woman! She was my secretary during my time as Erie County Attorney here in Buffalo and I don't have to tell you who ran the office! She was super active in Republican politics and no doubt responsible for the success of many politicians - Jack Kemp among them. I just loved working with her. I was sorry when she moved back "home" and thought of her often - always with a smile.
She is in my thoughts and prayers.
Gene Pigott

Teresa Dray-Moore

January 28, 2020

Deepest sympathies to Aunt Jessie’s family and friends. Love Teresa Dray-Moore( Richard Dray’s daughter)

Susan Hoffman

January 28, 2020

So sorry to hear of Ms. Jessie's passing. She was such a sweet, loving lady. She always had a kind work for me. She is walking thr streets of gold and basking in her Savior, Jesus Christ.

Bobby and Lynda Mizell

January 28, 2020

We are saddened to hear of your lost.