Joseph Barry Wray, Jr. was born on December 9, 1970. He passed away suddenly on Friday, March 4, 2022. Joe grew up in Rocky Mount, Virginia. After attending Virginia Commonwealth University, he transferred to Radford University and was certified to teach. He moved to Charlottesville, Virginia and taught Art for seven years. It was there that he met Laurie, the love of his life. They moved to Nags Head, NC in 2000 and he became a very successful Realtor/Broker and ran his company, Wray Realty.
Joe loved life and lived each day to the fullest. His motto was Live on Vacation. And he did. He was a talented artist and photographer. He loved deep sea and surf fishing. He loved kayaking and biking. He loved music and cooking. He was an avid collector, a passion he shared with his brother.
Joe is survived by his best friend and soul mate of 29 years, Laurie Hager, his devoted parents, Barry and Nelda Wray, and his best friend and brother, Brad, Leigh Ann and Mallory, Laurie’s family, and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends in Franklin County and the Outer Banks and their beloved cat, Turbo, all of whom he loved dearly.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to the SPCA or to your favorite charity. A memorial service will be held at Flora Funeral Chapel, 3:00 p.m. Saturday, March 12, 2022 with Rev. Anthony Budzik and Sheila Garman (cousin) officiating. His family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at Flora Funeral Service and Cremation Center, Rocky Mount.