May 2, 1924 – September 28, 2018
Bill Bray passed away on September 28, at the age of 94. He was born on May2, 1924, in Ft. Smith, AR to Robert and Lena Bray (Lambert) and was the last of nine children. He was a Redcap at Union Station and retired from KCS railroad as a switchman. From the age of nine, Bill loved golf and was a golf pro who broke five course records and had 13 holes-in-one. He was signalman on the USS Essex in the U.S. Navy during WWII. He was a member of Eastgate Christian Church. Bill is survived by his wife of almost 71 years, Betty, and three children, Linda (Jerry) Adkins of Independence, MO; Dave (Kristi) Bray of Duluth, MN; and Rob (Cindy) Bray of Bradenton, FL; seven grandchildren – Scott, Brent, Chris, Jeff, Austin, Mandy and Jordan, as well as seven great-grandchildren. Services are scheduled for Wednesday, October 3, Newcomer’s Noland Road Chapel, 509 S. Noland Rd., Independence, MO. Visitation at 10 am, funeral service at 11 am. Burial at Missouri Veterans Cemetery, Higginsville, MO at 3 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations in Bill’s memory can be made to Eastgate Christian Church, 4010 S. River Blvd., Independence, MO 64055
- Robert Bray, Father
- Lena (Lambert) Bray, Mother
- Betty Bray, Wife
- Linda (Jerry) Adkins, Daughter
- Dave (Kristi) Bray, Son
- Rob (Cindy) Bray, Son
- Scott, Brent, Chris, Jeff, Austin, Mandy and Jordan, Grandchildren
- Bill also leaves 7 Great Grandchildren to cherish his memory
- Scott Hawley, Pallbearer
- Brent Hawley, Pallbearer
- Chris Bray, Pallbearer
- Jeff Bray, Pallbearer
- Austin Bray, Pallbearer
- Quentin Edwards, Pallbearer
Eastgate Christian Church
4010 S. River Blvd., Independence, Missouri 64055
- Visitation Wednesday, October 3, 2018
- Funeral Service Wednesday, October 3, 2018
- Committal Service/Military Honors Wednesday, October 3, 2018
December 2, 2018
Back in the 60's we moved to Independence, Mo. Apartments were hard to find and the first one we rented was bad. The next day I got a paper and went looking for something better. Fortunately for us there was a new listing at 1002 So. Pope. I went there immediately and met a wonderful couple named Bill and Betty Bray. They rented us their basement apartment at once. I even left my 3 month daughter with Bill while I went and got our belongings. (Something you would not do now days.) We lived there 3 years and became fast friends and remained in touch all these years with Christmas cards. Nine years ago they did not get a Christmas Card from me and Betty was calling. My husband had passed away that Christmas. I knew they were getting up in years so again this year I was wondering if I would get a card. I was glad when I saw it but so sad when Betty told me Bill was gone. I know Bill is on a golf course in heaven as he did love the game. They were wonderful people and friends that you don't get enough in life. I know Betty is missing him but she has good family to help her. My prayers are with you all.
October 2, 2018
Bill, was a long time friend through golf. I first me him during an event at the Blue Springs Country Club. Bill was playing with Tommy Williams. It did not take long to realize they were formidable competition. Bill was right handed and Tommy left, and they could flat our play as a team
Bill loved his wife so dearly, and cared so much for his children and grandchildren as I remember his telling me of everyone's successes each time our paths crossed.
I have said many times there is no one in the area who played more rounds of golf, and enjoyed them more than Bill Bray. His competitive spirit for the game never left, even in later years. He loved the competition and really did not like to lose. But, being the gentleman and sportsman he was he took a loss with the same humility with which he took a win. He really played the game competitively until the last putt fell. His contributions to so many peoples' game is well appreciated and unmeasured. He was the driving force with his last group of fellow golfers; The Gaston Group of Drumm Farm where Bill played his last golf.
Bill, you will be missed by many. May you rest in peace knowing a legend has passed.