OBITUARY

John Keith Wray

May 18, 1950November 14, 2020

John Wray of Madison, at age 70, passed away peacefully after losing a long battle with lung cancer.

A visitation will be held on Thursday, November 19, 2020 from 12:00 to 1:00 pm at Parkway Memorial Cemetery in the common area outside the mausoleum. A service will immediately follow, also in the common area.

John was born and raised in Jackson, MS. He graduated from Central High School in Jackson in 1968. He took great pride in his MS heritage.

The way he died is just like he lived: he wrote his own rules, paved his own way, he fought for integrity & lived by the word of God. And if you said he couldn’t do it, well he would make sure he could.

He was larger than life. He was the type of man that people would drive 16 hours at the drop of a hat to come see. He lived 1000 calendar years we had with him because he attacked life, he grabbed it by the lapels, kissed it, and swung it back onto the dance floor.

He took pride in his service to his country with the US Army ranked as a Warrant Officer 63rd company 6th Battalion as a Helicopter Pilot. John went on to accomplish a successful 40 year career in Sales and Marketing as Vice President of Automotive After-Market Industry traveling nationally and abroad.

He was a rare combination of someone who had a love of life, laughter and a firm understanding of what was important - the simplicity of enjoying life with the ones you love and “porch time” with God reading his daily devotionals while observing many of Gods creatures ranging from the love of watching all the birds that visited, to his crazy squirrels, to his pesky black birds which gave him much entertainment in his meticulous park-like landscaped gardens at his home in which he worked in right up til the end.

Of all the people he touched both willing and unwilling, his most proudest achievements in life were marrying the love of his life Carolyn Edwards of 48 years who supported him in all his glorious endeavors in his heyday, and lovingly supported him physically during their last days together alongside the crowning achievement with the birth of his two daughters, Shannon and Robin.

John is survived in legacy by his mother Jean, whom he cherish and loved deeply and called every night to check in since he left home and step-father “Tiny” whom was his “father” and became the most significant male figure in his life loving him unconditionally creating a bond to withstand time. John is also survived by his sister Janiece; his step-brother Wes; his wife Carolyn; his two daughters Shannon and Robin; his 3 grandchildren Kayla, Austin and Bryndon; his 2 step-grandsons Bailey and Phoenix; his 3 great-grandchildren Bentley, Abigail and Kolby; his 2 nieces Shelly and Lynsey; and his great-niece Weslyn.

“God saw him getting tired, and a cure was not to be, So He put His arms around him and whispered, Come to me. With tearful eyes we watched him suffer, and saw him slowly fade away. Although we loved him dearly, we could not make him stay. A golden heart stopped beating, hard-working hands put to rest, God broke ours hearts to prove to us, He only takes the Best.”

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Winnie Rials

November 22, 2020

What a beautiful obituary! I only knew him thru Jean and Janice but always heard what a wonderful person he was. I am sooo sorry for your loss and will be praying God will give you peace at this time.

Glenda Bradshaw

November 21, 2020

TO JOHN'S MOM, I LOVE YOU JEAN, AND MY PRAYERS WILL BE WITH YOU DURING THE HARD DAYS AHEAD. GOD BLESS YOU AND THE FAMILY.
GLENDA BRADSHAW

Barbara Westerfield

November 18, 2020

“Key Wray “ organized all the neighborhood kids into playing games and doing things together when we kids. One thing he got us to do was to climb down into the sewer and retrieve roaches. Boy were they big. According to him, his grandfather used them to go fishing. I have doubts as I reflect back on it now. He was my best friend, and his family was a second family for me. Every Sunday afternoon his mom would take us for a drive; my family did not own a car, we rode the bus.

Shirley Russell

November 17, 2020

My thoughts and prayers are with you all. May God comfort you, give you peace and strength to bear your loss. Shirley Russell

Zoe Brumfield

November 17, 2020

It is my utmost honor to play my bagpipes at the graveside service for this brave veteran. I pray God's richest blessing on all the friends, family and military family during this time of loss. Sir, thank you for your service and I salute you!!!

Martin Cooper

November 16, 2020

Keith Wray - Senior photo 1968 CHS Cotton Boll.

Robin Edwards

November 16, 2020

We are so sorry to learn of John’s death. Our love and prayers go out to Carolyn and her girls.

Kimberly Mitchell

November 16, 2020

John was one of the kindest and Most warm hearted person I have ever known. He was tough now and would tell you like it was but he did it out of love. He loved a good prank or laugh and was always pulling something. My warmest condolences for the family.

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