Mr. Nathaniel Jerome Pray (1946 - 2019)

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Service Information
Dorchester Funeral Home
7842 E Oglethorpe Highway
Midway, GA
Friday, May 24, 2019
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Dorchester Funeral Home
Funeral service
Saturday, May 25, 2019
11:00 AM
Baconton Missionary Baptist Church
20 Tibet Road
Walthourville, GA
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For I am already on the point of being sacrificed; the time of my departure has come. I have fought a good fight. I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Henceforth, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that day, and not only to me, but to all those who have loved his appearing.
2 Timothy 4:6-8

Nathaniel Jerome Pray, affectionately known as Nay, was born in Liberty County, Georgia on December 17, 1946. He was the sixth of 14 children born to the late Julian and Daisy Pray. He was preceded in death by both parents and siblings, Vivian and Dorothy. He was educated in the Liberty County School System and graduated from Liberty County High in 1964. After graduation he entered military service with the United States Army and retired from the Georgia Army National Guard as part of the 75th Engineer Detachment on August 1, 1995. He was a dedicated and loyal employee at Interstate Paper Corporation for over 30 years until his retirement in 2005. At an early age Nay accepted Christ at Baconton Missionary Baptist Church. Later in life he recommitted himself to Christ and was a member at the same church in which he first accepted Christ until his homegoing.
On June 13, 1975 he was joined in holy matrimony with Daisy Shaw. He was a supportive and loving husband who cheerfully accepted his role as "Mr. Mayor" of Walthourville. He is survived by his loving wife of 44 years Daisy; son Derrick; daughters, Angela Hendry, Reva McGrone, LaShonda Brownlee (Nathaniel) and Tynetta Hamilton. Coming from a large and close knit family his siblings were always near. Brothers, Bobby Pray, James Pray (Cheryl), Charles Pray (Angelyn), Richard Pray; sisters, Bernice Morrison, Christine Wartham, Vondell Hudson, Lana Walthour (John), Sharon Baker, Sandra Bowman (Caldwell), and Glenda Sibley. His pride and joy were his grandchildren who affectionately called him "Pop." Connor, Christopher, Tennille, Tyrik, Tierra, Kierra, Alaitra, Corey and Chandler will remember Pop for his advice and love. Cherishing his memories are also two aunts, Dorothy McKever and Rosa Duncan; and his uncle Rev. James Barnard (Juanita). Adding to his family were his loving in-laws, Carl Cunningham; Leonis Futch (Tonya), Bernese Shaw, and Larry Shaw (Monett); and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends who will miss seeing him drive through the community. Rest in peace your patrol duty has been completed.
Visitation is from 1-5 p.m., Friday, May 24,2019 at the funeral home
Funeral service begins at 11 a.m., Saturday, May 25, 2019 at Baconton Missionary Baptist Church, 20 Tibet Road, Walthourville, Georgia 31333.
Interment will be in Baconton Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery.
Dorchester Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Published in Coastal Courier from May 20 to May 27, 2019
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