Born 8-10-1969 -- Died 6-29-2006
Donie Dwyane Bray, 36, of Batesville died June 29, 2006, at his home.
He was born Aug. 10, 1969, in Batesville, the son of Jimmy and Ladene Bray.
He worked for the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department for 18 years.
Bray was a member of the Church of Christ and served as a deacon at the North Heights congregation.
He loved working with the Young at Heart church group and enjoyed planning events for their enjoyment.
Bray was an avid sportsman and loved bass fishing and hunting deer, turkey and quail.
He was a member of the National Wild Turkey Federation, a basketball referee and a member of the Athletic Activities Association and coach for the Little League softball teams. He was a big fan of Cardinal baseball.
Survivors include his wife, Melissa Dawn Martin Bray of the home; two daughters, Breanna Lindsey Bray and Natasha Kenzie Bray of the home; his parents, Jimmy and Ladene Bray of Batesville; his maternal grandmother, Beulah Hoaney Qualls of Evening Shade; his paternal grandmother, Pauline Lassiter Bray of Batesville; three uncles, Donald Qualls, Ronald Qualls and Bill Qualls, all of Evening Shade; two aunts, Cheleast Black of Virginia Beach, Va., and Jan Moore of Lonoke; and a host of other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Herman Qualls and his paternal grandfather, Lowell Bray.
The funeral services were held July 2 at the North Heights Church of Christ located at Batesville with Ralph Wallis and Steve Norris officiating.
Burial followed in Roselawn Memorial Gardens located north of Batesville with arrangements under the direction of the Qualls Funeral Home of Cave City.
Pallbearers were his cousins, Steve Black, Brenda Harmon, Jackie Moore, Bobby Black, Ronnie Gene Qualls, Margaret Powell, Kevin Qualls, Larry Black, Chris Qualls and Rhonda Woods.
Honorary pallbearers were Scott Harmon E.W. Woodward, Tom McFadden, Tony Mesa, Scott Hook, Chuck Hix, Dr. Michael Muirhead, Cheryl Gentry, Dovie Baxter, Dr. Bob Slaughter, Heidi Machen and the elders and deacons of North Heights Church of Christ.
Memorials may be made to "Truth For Today" World Mission School, 2209 S. Benton, Searcy, AR 72143.