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My condolences to Mike's family. I was good friends with his brother, Tom, back in high school, and when he passed away. I can remember visiting the family home with him on 1st Ave. I believe their Dad was a pharmacist? I seem to remember the collection of really interesting medicine bottles. Good memories. God bless you all.
Jan, we’re so sorry to hear of Mike’s passing. I am just now reading this. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
Barbara & Tommy Pinder
My favorite memory with Mike was the Lowcountry Boil we did for Kelly and Justin‘s wedding guest the next morning. It was so fun and festive and he really had his way of doing it. You put the potatoes in and you drink a beer, you put the sausage in and you drink a beer, you put the corn in and by then we were all saying it together. We were all laughing and it was so delicious. We will always remember Mike’s famous Lowcountry boil recipe and that smile that went along with it.
Erin & Vince Ramos
Mike and Jan welcomed my husband Vince and I to their lovely home in Amelia Island as guests of their son & his wife, Justin & Kelly. We spent the 4th of July hanging out on the beach, watching the fireworks and eating the local cuisine. Mike was so kind and welcoming. His warm smile made us feel like part of his family. We are so sad he is gone & he will be missed. Lots of love to Jan and the Bday family.
Katherine B. George
Best memory ever-playing in the river of the Old Mill House that Pat and Althea lived in. The whole Bray clan was there that day. I am so sorry about your loss of Mike (we called him Bubba back then). May God bless each and everyone of you and keep you safe under His wings of love,Kathy George
So sorry to hear of Mike's passing. Jan,you and the family are in our prayers
I am saddened to learn of Mike's passing. May the Good Lord provide comfort and peace at this time. Please know that you are in my prayers.
Mike became my best friend our sophomore year at Central High School. Played varsity football together, Mike was awarded Best Blocker our senior year, he would knocker your jockey strap off. Was happy to be a halfback following his blocks. Mike always had ideas, I never said no, an have so many great memories of our adventures together. Mike always brought laughter and interesting conversation. Rest In Piece my good friend. Love an prayers to family.
A classmate that I always enjoyed being around. Mike was always full of energy and ideas. A truly creative individual who would walk in a room and light up everyone with his smile, laughter and stories. He will be missed by all that knew him.
Larry and Lisa Owens
A down home kind of guy. Loved the outdoors! Enjoyed a day air boating around the Everglades! Our deepest condolences!
Larry & Julia Nowlin
Such a great friend, we send Jan and family our prayers and Hugs.
I look through tears as I write this. Perfect picture of him. I can hear him breaking into his lovely laugh, cracking a joke and getting ready to cheat at three-ball. He was very good to me and many others, and I will miss him dearly. A prince of a guy!
Michael "Mike" Everett Bray
Michael (Mike) Everett Bray, age 71 of Fernandina Beach Florida, passed away after a battle with cancer on Saturday, November 5th, 2022.
Born on April 28th, 1951 in Dublin Georgia, to the late John Bray Sr. and Grace Peppers Bray, he grew up in various locations including Thomasville, Georgia; Anderson, South Carolina; and Fernandina Beach, Florida. He graduated from Thomas County Central High School in 1969. After graduation, Mike enlisted in the United States Navy and served overseas in Vietnam until 1972. Upon returning to Fernandina Beach, he met and married the love of his life in 1978. Over the next 10 years they welcomed three children into their home.
Mike grew a successful career as a General Contractor, building custom homes and remodels for residents of Amelia Island and surrounding areas. He was a true craftsman and built his family home with his own two hands. Mike was an avid fisherman and could often be found fishing both locally and in the chilly waters of Alaska, where he visited annually for over 30 years. He was a dedicated lover of nature and was passionate about island and ocean conservation. He often enjoyed diving, boating, surfing, and cleaning up the beaches. He loved to feed his wild squirrels, swim in his pool and most of all watch football with a cold beer and a pot of hot boiled peanuts.
Mike is preceded in death by his parents and younger brother Thomas Bray of Fernandina Beach, Florida. He leaves behind his wife of 44 years, Julia (Jan) Dickens Bray of Fernandina Beach, children, Lindsay Bray (Thiago Miranda) of Apex, North Carolina, Justin Bray (Kelly Bray) of Orlando Florida, and Christin Bray (Mac Noel) of Raleigh, North Carolina. He has three grandchildren, Camilla Miranda and Hudson Miranda of Apex, North Carolina, and Sean Bray of Orlando, Florida. Mike also leaves behind his older brother John Bray Jr. (Henrietta Bray) of Fernandina Beach, Florida, and Uncle Tom Bray (Ann Bray) of Maitland, Florida. He also had several close cousins, many dear friends, multiple grand-kitties and one grand-dog.
A Celebration of Mike’s life will be held Friday November 11th, 2022, at Oxley-Heard on Atlantic Avenue in Fernandina Beach. The family will receive friends from 5:00-7:00 pm. The family requests that no flowers be sent at this time. Donations in his memory may be made out to any organization within the Amelia Island Conservation Network, such as the Amelia Tree Conservancy, Sea Turtle Watch, and any beach clean-up group.