John H. Wray, Sr.

October 17, 1948 - August 7, 2016

10/17/1948 - 08/07/2016

Past Services

Sunday August 14, 2016
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Additional Information:

Spring Branch Community Church, 1500 N Great Neck Rd, Va Beach, Va 23454

John Wray, of Virginia Beach, passed away peacefully on Sunday, August 7th, at the age of 67, after a year-long battle with cancer. He was born on October 17th, 1948, in Hopewell, Virginia. He was predeceased by his mother, Pearl Wray; and father, John Dick Wray. John is survived by his wife, Susan, his brothers, Steve and Mark, his four children, John, Jr, Kelly ( Tina ), Jordan and Sarah, and six grandchildren.
John served in the US Navy upon graduating from First Colonial High School’s first graduating class of 1967. He worked in appliance sales for 38 years, with a well-respected reputation everywhere he went. John loved spending time with his family, including his two Westies, Hailey and Cooper, country music, watching his favorite Nascar driver, Jeff Gordon, the Washington Redskins, and his beloved Atlanta Braves. GO HOKIES! GO DUKES! He was a great husband, father, brother, and friend, and will be deeply missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him.
There will be a Memorial Service on Sunday, August 14th, at 4PM, at Spring Branch Community Church, 1500 N Great Neck Rd, Va Beach, Va 23454 . Burial will be private at a later date.
A reception will immediately follow at the home of David and Stephanie Batten, 908 General Stuart Dr, Va Beach, Va 23454. In keeping with John’s bright spirit, please dress comfortably for the service and outdoor reception to follow. Bright colors appreciated!
Please consider making a contribution to John’s Memorial Fund:
Altmeyer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be shared with the family at

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John, Tracie, Chris and Kelsey Lipscomb
7 years ago

Wray Family, you are in our thoughts and prayers!!!

Jeff Ainslie
7 years ago

I met John almost 20 years ago and instantly knew he possessed the qualities of someone that you know will be a friend for many years to come. He had that magical charisma and energy that enabled him to engage others and motivate them to accomplish anything, anywhere, anytime.

When he saw an opportunity to help someone in need or create a solution that would benefit a worthy cause, he jumped in completely and usually headed up the endeavor, ensuring success through commitment and leadership.

There are just a few special people you meet in life that have the desire and ability to change the world, and John was one of those few. It is easy to understand how proud his family is to have had such a wonderful patriarch. We will miss him, his energy, his passion and his smile, but we will all be better people because he took time to shared a part of his life with us, and helped us realize how important it is to always be caring, kind and generous.

Vicki Miller
7 years ago

I met John on an appliance training class when I worked at Huskeys’ about 13 years ago. He had such an outgoing fun personality and was a great guy! My prayers are with you Susan & your family.

Stuart jones
7 years ago

There nothing that any could say about John that would too good for man such John.
As you know I prayed with John on many occasions and I am assured of Johns salvation .
As I told John God had prepared his for such a time as this. I cherish my many years of friendship with that great friend and brother in Christ.

Terri and Scott Darnell
7 years ago

Peace to the entire Wray family. A wonderful man and a terrible loss.

Wanda Wilson
7 years ago

I can close my eyes and see John on his golf cart with his two little doggies. I know that he was deeply loved and will be missed. God Bless your family during this difficult chapter in your lives.