JAMES BRAY
1953 - 2017
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JAMES CLIFTON BRAY  
Peacefully on Thursday February 21, 2019, with his family by his side, James went home to be with the Lord. He is survived by his wife, Katrina Bray; children, Kyle Bray, Kimberly Klacik and husband, Jeffrey Klacik, Corey Bray; sisters, Chandra Grant, Beverly Bray; brothers, Ronald Bray (Elizabeth), Byron Bray and wife, Mary Bray; granddaughter, Olivia Klacik; and a host of nephews and nieces, cousins and friends. He was predeceased by his older sister, Patricia. Visitation on Friday, March 1, from 1 p.m. until time of service 2 p.m. at Briscoe-Tonic Funeral Home, 2294 Old Washington Road, Waldorf, MD. Interment Private.


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Published in The Washington Post on Feb. 27, 2019.
MEMORIAL EVENTS
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01:00 - 02:00 PM
MAR
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Service
02:00 - 03:00 PM
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March 15, 2019
I would like to extend my sincere condolences to the entire Bray family over your loss.

I attended Stamford High School with James. He was a co-captain of the Varsity Basketball Team at SHS when I was a co-captain of the Junior Varsity Team, but, quite honestly, he had more basketball talent in his big toe than I (an awkward white kid) had in my entire body. We had a couple of classes together and became friends.

James had a quiet demeanor, dressed impeccably, and exuded a kind of class and professionalism that was unique for such a young man and that I greatly admired. He was an extremely talented player that never trash-talked and instead let his game do his talking for him on the court.

While I have not seen James since our days at SHS, I am quite certain he carried these same admirable qualities with him through his adult life. He will be missed.
John Mullin
March 8, 2019
Joyce Griffin
March 4, 2019
To The Bray Family:

Condolences to you all on the loss of James who went to high school with my sister and had plenty of spaghetti dinners at my house when SHS won a game. Seems like yesterday. While I haven't seen James in a very long time - his spirit will be missed.

Sending healing prayers to you all.
Valerie Lee
March 2, 2019
Correction: I wiould like to extend my deepest condolences to the Bray family.
Edwina Standard-Fersner
March 1, 2019
I would to extend my heartfelt condolences to the entire Bray family.
Edwina Standard-Fersner
March 1, 2019
So sorry for your loss way to soon. Prayers to you and your family will never forget James.
Scott Hollander
March 1, 2019
Our condolences and love flow out to you, Katrina, Kyle, Kim, and Cory. Jim was a wonderful neighbor, confidant, and friend. We have so many good memories of the times we shared over the years. His laughter, words of advice, and stories will truly be missed. When we take "Breakaway" out for a ride on the Bay, we will remember Jim. We thank God for the time we had together.

Robert Sr., Susan, Robert Jr. and Douglas King
March 1, 2019
My prayers go out to the Bray Family...May GOD'S Grace comfort and protect your hearts and spirits...

DZephir
Dirk Zephir
March 1, 2019
My prayers go out to the Bray Family...May GOD'S Grace comfort and protect your hearts and spirits...

DZephir
Dirk Zephir
February 28, 2019
Uncle James, such an honest man. Youll be missed by so many and you were truly a staple in my adult life. I appreciate your honesty and the wisdom you shared with me. The cookouts will never be the same without James Bray on the grill . I promise I wont let anyone touch your remotes.
Nico Meyers
Family
February 28, 2019
Kimberly Klacik
Daughter
February 28, 2019
Kimberly Klacik
Daughter
February 28, 2019
Dad,
What can I say? You left us too soon. I miss you already. I know towards the end you were in pain, and it's comforting to know now you are not. Olivia wants to FaceTime you of course, it's a bit tough to explain, but I know over time it will get easier. You are on my mind a lot, but in the best way, so many good memories. I ask that you give mom the strength to live a full life without you physically by her side. I know you are with us all, but I ask you give mom almost all of your attention. You did a great job Mr. Bray. You raised 3 children. We never went without. We were loved. You raised us to be tough, and I think that is honestly how I am getting through this without falling apart. You are literally the greatest dad ever. You approached tough times with logic, not emotions. That's what I admired the most. When I asked you if I should run for office, you said "Yes, your experiences in life made you who you are today. Today, you are at your best." Great perspective from a wise man. I will miss our conversations, but at this point, I know exactly what you would say. What you never did is done. I'll see you again, I promise. Love you Dad
Kimberly Klacik
Daughter
February 27, 2019
Rest in peace, Brother. You will remain in our hearts forever. So many memories.
God bless. Katrina, we love you and yours.
Stanley and Janice Baldwin
February 27, 2019
Rest in peace, Brother. You will remain in our hearts forever. So many memories.
God bless. Katrina, we love you and yours.
Stanley and Janice Baldwin
February 27, 2019
My condolence to the Bray family. May the God who "binds up the broken hearted" and "comforts all who mourns", sustain your family during this difficult time.
February 27, 2019
Dear Bray Family:

So sorry to learn of the loss of James. I considered him to be a special friend from our high school years even though we went to rival schools. It was always a pleasure when our paths crossed, including a summer session at the University of Bridgeport.

May you find comfort from your faith and supportive friends.

Sincere sympathy,
Cynthia Dixon Peters
Cynthia Peters
February 27, 2019
I have known Jim for almost 22 years. He is a great guy. He is full of laughter. Last time I saw him was last March of 2018 when he drop off their taxes and he said Ms. Vicky I have a beautiful grand baby and I am so happy for this. I will miss you Jim may you be in good spirit and watch over us. Thank you for knowing you. You are a great and cheerful person. I will definitely miss your smile. Keep on smiling while you are in Heaven.
Maria Victoria Angeles
Friend
February 27, 2019
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Maria Victoria Angeles
February 27, 2019
My deepest sympathies to the entire Bray Family.
Joanie & Joe Murray
February 27, 2019
My sincere condolences.
Nannette Richardson
February 27, 2019
My condolences to the family for the loss of your dear loved one. May you be strengthened with all power according to God's glorious might so that you may endure fully with patience and joy.
February 27, 2019
My deepest sympathy to the entire Bray family. James played basketball for me in high school. He was an upstanding person who was a leader and a great player.

He leaves a wonderful legacy behind.


Coach Herm Alswanger
Herm Alswanger
February 27, 2019
Laura L. Police
February 26, 2019
To The Entire Family of James Bray:

My family sends their deepest condolences.

My mother was a cousin of the Bray family. At the age of 93, she can still remember some of the Bray family by name.

May God's embrace bring comfort during this sorrowful time.

Sandy Rayford (Holmes)
(Formerly of Stamford, CT)
February 26, 2019
So sorry to hear of your loss. James was always like one of my brothers. We will miss him. May God bless and comfort your family in this time of sorrow Charlesetta Baldwin.
Charlesetta Baldwin
February 26, 2019
My deepest sympathy is extended to the Bray family. May he Rest In Peace.
Sandra Lewis
February 26, 2019
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February 26, 2019
My sincerest condolences to the family hope you find comfort through prayer 1Thessalonians 5:17
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