Franklin Marshall Bray

Franklin Marshall Bray

Midlothian, VA
02.24.1963 - 03.28.2021

Franklin Marshall Bray, 58, passed away peacefully in his home in Midlothian, VA on March 28, 2021.  Born on February 24, 1963 in Suffolk, VA, he was preceded in death by his parents, Dr. Maurice M. Bray and Henrietta D. Bray, and his brothers Maurice M. Bray, Jr. and W. Bruce Bray.

Frank, born with Down Syndrome, attended Suffolk High School through 12th grade. He brought endless joy to his family and friends with his infectious personality. He shared his unconditional love and embraced each day by living in the moment. His loving and devoted mother paved the way for Frank to enjoy a life full of opportunities.  In 2000, Frank moved to Midlothian to live with his sister and begin new adventures.

Frank valued family, friends, his guitar and music, church activities, books, the OBX, traveling, going out to eat, and reading anything about Andy Griffith. His favorite memory was meeting Andy at the OBX. Frank had a kind spirit, spread love everywhere, and had no tolerance for anyone unkind.

He had a wonderful sense of humor and enjoyed imitating late-night comedians. He embraced anything with law which led him to be an active volunteer on political campaigns.  Frank had a quest for knowledge, was insightful, and pursued his dreams with determination. He was honored by the NC Senate as “a man dedicated to sharing himself and his gifts with his family, community, and church”.

Frank is survived by Marilyn Bray, his sister, whom he dearly adored. The family has expressed gratitude to everyone who loved and supported Frank, especially his close friends and the Woodlake United Methodist Church community, all of whom he considered to be his family. The family extends a special thanks to Dr. Eric Haacke-Golden, his friend and physician.

A graveside service will be held in the Holly Lawn Cemetery in Suffolk at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, April 22, 2021. The family has requested that attendees observe Covid precautions with a mask and social distancing. As music spoke to Frank, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the music program at Woodlake United Methodist Church, 15640 Hampton Park Drive, Chesterfield, VA 23832. R.W. Baker & Co. Funeral Home and Crematory at 509 W. Washington St., Suffolk, VA 23434 is serving the family.


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Holly Lawn
1525 N Main St.
Suffolk, VA 23434
United States


Marilyn, I was so saddened to hear of Frank's passing. What a wonderful person he was!
Please accept my most sincere sympathy...


Patti Friend Conrad

So saddened to hear about Frank.
He and your mother were customers of mine at Smith Optical Company in Suffolk for many years.
Got to know Frank and your mother and always enjoyed seeing them.

Tony Pivinski

Marilyn, I am so sorry for your loss- my sincere sympathy to you and family.
Jean Wolf Robb

Jean Wolf Robb

So very sorry... wonderful memories of Frank and his obituary was beautiful. It truly captured who Frank was!


So sorry to hear of your loss. I never got to meet Frank, but my mother enjoyed knowing him when they lived next door to each other on Dumville.

Anne Howell Wood

Marilyn, so sorry to hear about your special brother, who loved you so much. I remember your Mother & Frank coming into Brewer Jewelry Co. during the yrs. I worked there, to purchase wedding/shower gifts. Frank was always so patient while waiting for Mom to do her shopping. He was a real sweetheart that all of us enjoyed chatting with while he was waiting for Mom. I’m sure you will miss him and we pray God will give you the strength to adjust in the coming days without your dear brother. Prayers for you and rest of family.

Mollie Moore

Marilyn, also sorry to hear of your loss....Frank growing up was your right hand man that I can remember.....He will be truly missed by family and the community he touched daily.....My thoughts are with you and family.....Always a friend

David Sweat

My memories of Frank make me smile...sure he touched many lives. May your memories bring you peace and comfort.

Jane O’Connor Smith

Marilyn:. I was so sorry and shocked to hear of Frank's passing. He was my Sweetie Pie and I loved him so much. I want to thank you for letting me get to know Frank and spend time with him. What an amazing, smart man he was. May God hold you in His Hands.

Sue Luter

Marilyn, I’m so sorry to hear of Frank’s passing! He touched so many lives during his 58 years of life! He will be missed!

Mary Alice Ferris

I’m so sorry to learn of Frank’s passing. I have such wonderful childhood memories of playing with Frank in the neighborhood. It was so nice to read of all the amazing things he did with his life. Thinking of you during this difficult time.

Sherry Ruden Grosman

Marilyn, I'm sending condolences for your loss of Frank being with you most closely. I never met him, but heard you reference this special brother and am sad for you. May good memories ease your grief. All the best... Dixie

Dixie Lee Heckel

We keep you in our prayers, Marilyn. We adored Frank as he was pure joy to all of us. May you feel God's comforting arms wrapped around you and may you hold forever your dear memories of him in your heart. Blessings, The Custers

Susan Custer

Marilyn, I’m so sorry to read of Frank’s passing. I remember well when he was born and your family lived on Delaware Avenue. I’m praying for you as you honor your youngest brother.

Patricia Gatling Middlebrooks

What an amazing gift Frank was to all who had the privilege and honor of knowing and loving him. I count myself so blessed to be among those. Frank possessed gifts that were so above and beyond "normal." His perceptions and understandings never ceased to amaze, and his influence on the people who were fortunate to know and love him will endure for years to come. Marilyn, you were Frank's anchor, and his angel here on earth, providing the love, trust, opportunities and environment that enabled him to reach his potential, and to live a safe, healthy, happy, fulfilled life. While I know Frank will be so missed here on earth, oh how the angels must be rejoicing to finally have him home. My heart joins yours and so many others to celebrate Frank's amazing life.

Cheryl Blankenship Jenkins

cheryl Blankenship jenkins

I wish I had known Frank. I am glad that I knew of him though - because anyone who knew you, M, knew about Frank. About a brother who made you swell with pride and who obviously had special gifts he shared with so many others. I hope you will find comfort in all your precious memories and continue to smile at the things Frank said and all the special times you had together.

Bet Harrell Neale

Bet Harrell Neale

Dear Marilyn,
I didn't know your brother but I believe that the world is a kinder place because of sweet people with Down Syndrome. They have a beautiful angel like quality.
Marilyn, you can be sure that your brother was well loved and will be missed.
Please know that my warm thoughts are with you at this difficult time.
Cynthia Stone

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