Jeffery W. Bray
Entered Into Eternal Rest
Monday, October 24, 2016
09 Dec 1966 - 24 Oct 2016
Jeffrey “Jeff” Wayne Bray, American Hero, 49, of Whiteville, N.C., formerly of Asheboro, died Monday, Oct. 24, 2016, at Columbus Regional Healthcare.
Jeff was born Dec. 9, 1966, at Randolph Hospital. He attended Loflin Elementary and South Asheboro Junior High and was a 1985 graduate of Asheboro High School, where he played football and ran track..
After graduation, Jeff enlisted in the United States Air Force and entered Basic Training on Aug. 5, 1985, at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. He distinguished himself as the man you wanted having your back. Even though Jeff had a 25-plus-year career as a Combat Controller and military contractor, he is best known for meritorious actions in Somali, that were later portrayed in the “Blackhawk Down” movie. Jeff was awarded the Silver Star Medal for his conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force near and around Olympic stadium on Oct. 3-4, 1993, in Mogadishu, Somali.
Jeff is survived by wife, Sherry Blackman Bray of Whiteville; mother, Martha Lindsay of Asheboro; brother, John Bray and wife Nora of Raleigh; sister, Stephanie Lindsay of Asheboro; nephews, Cooper and Jack Bray of Raleigh; grandmother, Mary Emma Bray of Staley; and his beloved English bulldogs, Hefner and Miss Daisy.
He was preceded in death by father, Johnny Bray; dad, Melvin Lindsay; and grandfather, Wren Bray.
A memorial service to celebrate and honor Jeff was held Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016, at First Presbyterian Church, Asheboro, NC. A graveside service was held at Arlington National Cemetery on 30 Dec 2016.