Harold “Jack” Bray, 74, of Clinton, passed away at 7:59 p.m. Monday (Dec. 3, 2018) at Warner Hospital and Health Services, Clinton.
A time to celebrate Jack’s life will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton. Memorials may be directed to the Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation, 12151 Avenue of the Chiefs, Crazy Horse, SD 57730-8900, or the Jack Bray Memorial Fund.
Jack was born Jan. 9, 1944, in Bloomington, the son of Albert and Violet Rodgers Bray. He married Erma Waters on Sept. 1, 1972, in Weldon.
Survivors include his wife, Erma, Clinton; children, David (Annabel) Wilson, Fort Worth, Texas; Angie Bray, Flagstaff, Ariz.; Stephanie Scott, Salem; Amy (Rob) Stephens, Andrew Bray, Jacque Drake, all of Bloomington; 10 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; siblings, Tom (Thora) Bray, Wanda (Roger) Mix, Helen Wilson, Dennis (Carol) Bray, all of Clinton; Norma (Ron) Brown, Bloomington; and two special “kids,” Murphy Leigh and Lucy Bell.
Jack was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Robert Dean Bray.
A life-long friend and fellow “mountain man,” Critter Foot, declares, “A true friend has graduated into the Kingdom of God. Jack ‘Big Bear’ Bray, an FCF Wilderness Member, was rough, rugged, tough, a man’s man. But, he could be as gentle as a kitten and was one of the closest friends I ever had. But the most beautiful things in life are not things. They’re people, and places, and memories, and pictures. They’re feelings, and moments, and smiles, and laughter. So, rejoice in the fact that he [Jack] knew Jesus personally, and has now met Him face to face.”