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May 17, 2014
Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they wall walk and not be faint.

Isaiah 40:30-31
May 17, 2014
Brian - You are Loved. You are Golden. And the circle won't be broken.
January 06, 2014
My dear brother, Brian Ray; Finding words to describe the sibling bond we had for each other will be a tough task. For you Julia, I want you to know that your daddy was a very strong, loving, funny, and protective brother. He was very special to our family. For many years, Brian played Mr. Man of the house (until our step-dad Steve came along). Brian was the one who taught me how to play ball, drive a stick, and do math (which I still strugle with) just to name a few things. As kids, Brian was my best friend, my play mate, and my "dad" at many times. He was always looking out for me and my friends. We shared many family vacations to the beach and mountains. We had many lazy summers together fighting and playing. We were always together until Brian left after high school for college. Brian had an insatiable appetite for work and desiring to own a company of his own. I remember one time, he started a pressure washing business with a friend, but that didn't last long. One of his first jobs was at Winn Dixie, which I followed in his foot steps later. He was a very hard worker and.

As Brian and I reached adult hood, I moved to Texas with a guy; and which by the way, Brian would never approve of any of the men I dated. (So you can imagine how hard it would be for you- Miss Julia to ever have a boyfriend.) Brian protected me like a dad would. He was always there for me when things didn't work out and I needed to come home. I miss that support and friendship. Brian and I didn't judge one another and we weren't hard on each other. As adults we grew a love that only brothers and sisters can attest to. We shared a family bond, that at least to say, was special. (every family is)

I moved to California when I was 22 and wasn't around much when Brian got sick but I tried to be as supportive as I could. This was a hard time for our whole family.

Julia, you had just been born and when you came, you brought joy and light to Brian and Marissa. Newely-wed and daddy sick, you were and are a blessing to our whole family. They had some hard times, but now that I am a mother, I know that having a child is the ultimate gift of love.

I guess as this book and this year of not having my brother in our lives comes to a close, I want to convey what kind of man he was. A man that put others before himself, a man that paid the harsh price of having cancer at such a young age and going through the treatments for his beautiful wife, daughter, and family. Brian was a generous man.

Everyone has a legacy, not just the famous. Brian's legacy is that smile and the love we all received from him. The joy of just getting to know him and hear his laugh.

Julia, I (Aunt Erica) will always be here to remind you of how you are the one who got the best of Brian's heart.

Marissa, I will always be here to support you with Julia and keeping Brian's memory alive.

Mom, I will always help to remind you of how much Brian loved you and how special you were to him as his mother.

We love you Brian and will forever miss you!

Sissy~ Erica Nicole
December 23, 2013
I pray that all of Brian's friends, family and especially Marissa, Julia and Erica be filled with peace as we celebrate our Savior's birth and that we are given the strength to reconcile our parting in this life with our dear Brian Clayton Ray. With love at Christmas 2013.

November 14, 2013
As I write this last entry for Brian's book it is with such sadness. I still have his memorial on my desk at work. Brian was always like a son to us. He and Brandon were so close and as a result Terry and I became close as well. We were like family by choice. Brian was like a son. When he and Brandon had kids it was so special. My heart breaks when I think of him no longer being here. Brandon could use the friendship, Adrienne loved him and she and Marissa were so close. We all just lost a part of ourselves when Brian went home to be with the Lord. He was a soft spoken, giant teddy bear that gave great hugs. Terry, Marissa, Erica, Julia - know that you all will have a special place in our hearts forever and we will never, ever forget our sweet, sweet Brian.

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