Pennington "Penny" Wray, 81, returned to his heavenly home on July 25, 2019, following a short-term illness. His devotion to his family and his firm belief in God supported him in his struggle and ultimately gave him peace.
Penny was the son of Pennington and Julia Wray of Wake Forest- Lenoir County, North Carolina. He was an oil distributor for the Asheville Oil Company for numerous years. Avid story-teller and jack of all trades, he was often found in Pawpaw's workshop showing off his carpentry skills. Penny also served in both the United States Army and the United States Air force. He was a prominent member of the Free masons and Shriners. He served as Past Master of the Hickory Masonic lodge #343; he was a member of the York Rite Commandry #17 in Hickory, NC. He served as past president of Catawba County Shrine Club where he also was a member of the Oasis Shrine temple (Charlotte, NC), Oasis temple Gator Patrol and Hillbilly Shrine Clan #13. Penny was also the Co-Owner of Wray & Huffman Properties, LLC. He was also a member of the Lick Creek Baptist Church of Green Sulphur, WV.
Pennington was part of a large and loving family. He is preceded in death by the late Pennington and Julia Wray (father and mother), John and Phil Wray (brothers), Carolyn Brooks (sister), Debbie Brewer (daughter), Laiken Miller (great-granddaughter) and Jacob Lane (cousin). He is survived by his loving wife of 20 years; Bonnie, (sons) Harry Wray and Darrell Blair, (daughter) Melody Harless, (grandchildren) Hunter Wray, Kaila "Katy did" Reid, Luke Brewer, Matthew Harless, Lauren Miller and husband Logan Miller, Austin Blair, Haylee Blair, Lexie Blair, Mia Blair and Johnny Jones. (Sister and Brother-in-law) James and Connie Gwinn, (best friend) Larry Huffman and wife Brenda Huffman, nieces & nephews and many brothers of both the Freemasons and Shriners.
A memorial service will be 2:00 p.m., Sunday, July 28, 2019 at Wallace & Wallace Chapel, Rainelle with Pastor Dan Spencer officiating.
Memorial service will be held Tuesday, July 30, 2019 at 6:00 PM at The Hickory Masonic Lodge in Hickory, NC.
To send flowers or a remembrance gift to the family of Pennington "Penny" Carson Wray please forward to the Hickory Masonic Lodge.
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Harry James Wray
Jul 29, 2019
I would like to thank all for the many calls and messages I have received over the last couple of days it is evident that my father was well thought of made many friends in his life. I think of all the brothers from the blue lodge to the Shriners. That well pay their respects and perform in the Masonic funeral. Myself and my father had several things going for us. We were both Vets POP Army and USAF. Myself USN/USMC We both entered in the Blue lodge seeking skill and Wisdom we didn't even tell each other about our travels untill one day I had called POP with some problem for him to fix and I said POP IV got to leave IV got some things IV got to do at the masons lodge in Charleston. He said w...hat? There you have it so you brothers know who came down to make sure all was on the level. Again both proud of each other I like my father went directly into the chairs. I went to War he came down when I hit the deck. Know the 3rd thing we had in common we were 2 handsome men we had the admiration if many.Read more
Jason & Kellie Reep
Jul 28, 2019
We were very sorry to hear this and you are in our thoughts and prayers Bonnie
Bill Fralin
Jul 26, 2019
Sorry about to here about Penny I will miss his friendship and phone calls and the. good times we had over the years.We will be in prayer for you all in the days ahead. I want you to know Penny loved Bonnie &family;