HOME GOING SERVICE
ELDER BEAUFORD CRAY
SUNRISE April 30, 1927 SUNSET April 28, 2009
Wednesday May 6, 2009
Prince of Peace Temple
Church of God in Christ
669 Kensington Ave.
Buffalo, NY 14215
Elder Michael Payton
Pastor Vernal L Harris
Bishop James R Wright Sr.
A LONG AND DISTINGUSHED LIFE
Beauford Cray was born April 30, 1927 in Baxley, Georgia, to Leslie and Ruby Cray. He was the fifth child of eight children: John (Deceased), Carzell (Deceased), Leadley (Deceased), Geraldine (deceased), Joel (Eva Jean), and Gene (Arelela).
He attended Appling County public schools in Baxley, Georgia. Beauford enlisted in the US Navy Reserve and was later promoted to Petty Officer. During World War II Petty Officer Cray received numerous medals of bravery and achievement. He retired from the US Navy after over twenty years of service.
Beauford was baptized at an early age at Rachel Baptist Church in Baxley, Georgia. His love for Christ lead him to become involved in outreach ministries. In addition, he became actively involved in community service outreach with the Community Action Organization in Buffalo, NY. Among many accomplishments, he was responsible for the erection of the community flag pole at East Ferry and Humbolt.
He was a member of New Zion Baptist Church where he organized the first choir and was ordained as a deacon.
Beauford was ordained at Faith Temple Church of God in Christ August 22, 1996, under the leadership of Elder Michael Payton in the first jurisdiction with Presiding Bishop Leroy R. Anderson.
He was also a member of Maranatha Church of God in Christ where he was the Associate Elder and Assistant Pastor under the leadership of Elder James Henderson.
Elder Beauford Cray, until his departure was a member of Prince of Peace Temple Church of God in Christ.
Beauford leaves to cherish his memory a loving wife Ruth Solomon Cray. Six children: Larry (Ruby), Zebedee (Deceased), Leslie, James, Honyetta, and Gina (Kevin).
Two brothers, Joel (Eva Jean), and Gene (Arelela).
Nine Grand Children, five Great Grand Children and one God Daughter and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.
SOME SAY IT’S EASY,
SOME SAY IT’S HARD,
BUT I HAVE’NT FIGURED IT OUT YET.
SO, FOR NOW I’LL JUST TELL THE LORD THANK YOU
FOR BLESSING ME WITH ONE OF HEAVENS GIANTS.
LOVE, YOUR WIFE, RUTHIE
I miss us hanging out & doing things together
I miss all the great times
You were a great, grandfather
You were always there.
I’ll always keep you
In my heart
Your memory will last 4 ever
Always remember I love you
Until we meet again
Lawrence your Grandson
You never know when you have someone good until their gone
And the good always leave us 1st but we know you’re somewhere safe and you’ll always have a special place in my heart
I love you grandpa