Wray Ellis Brewer, Jr.

Wray Ellis Brewer, Jr.

Wray Ellis Brewer, Jr.

October 29, 1942 – July 10, 2024

WENDELL – Wray Ellis Brewer, Jr., 81, transitioned from this life to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Wednesday, July 10, 2024.  He was born October 29, 1942, in Wake County, NC, to the late Wray Ellis Brewer, Sr. and Gertrude Hocutt Brewer. Wray proudly served his country as a member of the National Guard. He had a distinguished career, starting at NC State University and later becoming a successful businessman. Wray was the proud owner and operator of Brewer’s Supermarket and Brewer Machine and Tool Inc., where he worked with his son David. His dedication to his work was matched only by his commitment to his family and community. In his leisure time, Wray could be found visiting his friends at McDonald’s or Perry’s, where lively conversations always filled the room.

Wray is survived by his loving wife, Sue Brewer; son, David (April) Brewer; grandchildren, Katelyn (Josh) Schroeder and Sara (Tyler) Mitchell; cousins, Beverly Smith, Kim Russell, and River Russell; and his therapy cats, Sophie and Simone.

A visitation will be held from 6 – 7:30 pm, Friday, July 12, 2024, at Strickland Funeral Home and Crematory. A graveside service will be held at 11:00 am, Saturday, July 13, 2024, at Corinth Baptist Church Cemetery, 13450 State Hwy 96, Zebulon, NC 27597.

Flowers or memorial donations are welcomed. If choosing to send donations, please consider a donation to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital (https://www.stjude.org/donate/donate-to-st-jude.html?sc_icid=wtg-mm-btn-donate-now).

Arrangements are entrusted to Strickland Funeral Home & Crematory, 211 W. Third Street, Wendell, NC 27591.  www.stricklandfuneral.com


  • FRANCIS N CHAMPION Posted July 11, 2024 3:52 pm

    So very sorry to hear of Wray’s passing. Sincere sympathy to Sue and all his family. He was a member of CHHS class of 1961, this is the third one that has passed this year..

  • Corinth Holders High School Class of 1960 Posted July 11, 2024 8:44 pm

    The graduating class of 1960 extends their heartfelt condolences and sympathy to the Brewer Family. Wray was a good man and was a personable class member as a following grade to our graduation. He was known for his kindness and sincere care for others. May you find strength and peace for the days ahead without Wray’s presence. We all will miss him.

  • Tammy Woody Pearce Posted July 13, 2024 12:53 am

    My condolences to the Brewer family. I shopped at his grocery store for many years. I missed it dearly when it closed.
    Prayers for peace and comfort for each of you.

  • Worth & Gail Hinton Brown Posted July 15, 2024 4:01 pm

    Praying for his family.

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