Lonnie E. Bray Sr., 77, of Las Cruces entered eternal life Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at Mountain View Regional Medical Center. He was born April 18, 1936 in Wichita Falls, Texas to Marvin J. and Addie Mae Smith Bray. Lonnie attended school in Wichita Falls and served his country honorably in the U.S. Navy
during the Korean War
. He retired as a corrections officer after 20 years of service; was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police in Hobbs, N.M., Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 4038 and the American Legion Post #10. Lonnie united to the Church of the Living God in Texas. Those left to mourn his passing include his loving wife, Yolanda of the family home; three sons, Lonnie Bray Jr. of Cleveland, Ohio, Jeffrey Bray of Odessa, Texas, Jason Eugene Bray of Albuquerque; three stepdaughters, Rachel Medina, Celina Chavez and Cynthia Nevarez, all of Las Cruces; five sisters, Hannah Wallace, Addie Christian and Larnice Wallace all of Wichita Falls, Agnes Ottis of Palmdale, Calif. and Juanita Ricketts of Wichita, Kan.; and a special great-niece, Katherene Davis of Alamogordo. Other survivors include six grandchildren; nine step-grandchildren as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings. Visitation for Lonnie will be held Tuesday, May 28, 2013 from 7 - 8 p.m. in Baca's Chapel of Prayer, 300 E. Boutz Road where the funeral service is scheduled at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 29, 2013 with Pastor Titus Woodard, Jr. officiating. A graveside service will follow the same afternoon at 1 p.m. in Fort Bliss National Cemetery with military honors accorded by the U.S. Navy Honor Guard. Serving as casket bearers will be Lonnie Jr., Jason and Jeffrey Bray, Ruben Gonzalez, Danny Medina and Casell Davis. Honorary bearers will be Isaiah Ray Lerman and Anthony Davis. Entrusted to Baca's Funeral Chapels. 527-2222. Your exclusive providers for "Veterans and Family Memorial Care." For online condolences, log on to www.bacasfuneralchapelslascruces.com.