Kenneth Leroy Bray

February 26, 1943 - June 18, 2022

Kenneth Leroy Bray passed away June 18, 2022 in McKinney, Texas at the age of 79. He was born to Raymond E. and Margaret C. (Plump) Bray on February 26, 1943 in Hackensack, New Jersey.

Kenneth married Jean Ann Creel on October 15, 1976 in Houston, Texas. Together they moved to Lufkin, Texas where they owned and operated KJ Auto Repair for nearly 17 years. After selling their business, Kenneth went to work for Borden Dairy in Tulsa, Oklahoma as a refrigerator mechanic where he would eventually retire after 5 years of service.

Kenneth was an avid fisherman, and he also has a passion for working on cars. He was a member of Fellowship Church in Frisco, Texas.

Kenneth is survived by his wife, Jean Bray; daughter, Bonnie Marde; son, Raymond E. Wade Jr. and wife, Jane; son, Paul G. Wade, and wife Sandra; ten grandchildren; three great grandchildren; brother, Roy Bray and wife, Cathy; brother, Eddie Bray; sister, Joanie Vilasi and husband, Mike; sister, Audrey Hess; and niece, Patty Abrams and husband, Lon.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond and Margaret Bray, his sisters Caroline Maxwell and Lillian Millen, and his daughter, Kimautra Denise Coates.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, June 30, 2022 at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home in Allen, Texas. The service can be viewed livestream at the following link; The recorded version will be available for viewing at the same link after the service.


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Ms. Bray, Paul, and family: Please accept my condolences. David Ginn, July 2, 2022 I first met Ken and Jean at Silver Sneakers exercise class and then we were in the same tai chi class. We miss you, the class is not the same without you. I know you are watching over us. Jan Jan Keszler , June 29, 2022 Jean & family, Psalm 29:11 tells us,”The LORD will give strength unto His people; the LORD will bless His people with peace.” STRENGTH & PEACE (right now) are dwelling within you! Speak it… because there’s power in the tongue! Those MEMORIES of you & Ken are your best friends, now! Prayerfully, Lovingly, Sincerely, Your TaiChi Sister, Ava
Ava Trudeaux Maples, June 29, 2022 I have enjoyed doing tai chi with Jean and Ken. I will truly miss his kindness and soft spoken ways. Emily Ward, June 28, 2022 Jean and Ken have been really missed in Tai Chi class. Ken was such a sweet guy. My thoughts and prayers are with you! Shelley Haskins, June 27, 2022 I have missed seeing Jean and Ken in tai chi class, always made my day better to visit. We are all hurt by Ken's passing, love to your whole family.
Pat McAllister, June 24, 2022 My heartfelt condolences Love you sweet friend Carmen Smith, June 24, 2022 When we lose a loved one here on earth, we gain an angel in heaven that watches over us. May you take comfort in knowing that you have an angel to watch over you now. Y’all have my most sincere condolences. Monique Hawkins, June 23, 2022