Luther Gene Wray “Luke” was born to the late John Wray Sr. “Curley” and Geanie Wray “Twister” on January 21st, 1945 in Lawndale, NC. Luther was the second child to his parents, Luther had one brother John Wray Jr. who preceded him in death. In Luther’s early childhood his family relocated to Cleveland, Ohio were Luther grew up and was educated in the Cleveland Public School System.
Luther was a talented boxer who received several accolades in his earlier years, he traveled to many states with his talent and even participated in The Chicago Golden Gloves in 1968. Luther loved spending time with his family, cooking, fishing and watching sports, with of course a special love for watching boxing. He would often open up his home for family and friends to come to watch the fight with him.
Luther was a dedicated employee of the City Of Cleveland’s Division of Water where his commitment to quality work was of high importance. Luther was well respected at the Harvard Yard Department of Water. Luther’s employment with the Division of Water started on August 5th, 1968 and after 37 years of hard work he retired as a Water Pipe Repair Supervisor on May 31st, 2005.
Luther was an amazing man with a very generous heart and cared for everyone he crossed paths with. Luther was a baptized believer and often said “keep Jesus in your heart, you don’t have to attend church to love the Lord” Luther was a man known to speak his mind and would help anyone he could. Luther was one to never hold a grudge against anyone for any reason at all.
Luther met his lifelong companion Charlene Allen “Frog” in 1968 and had one son Terrance Graham Allen who predeceased his father in October 2012. Luther also has a host of nieces and nephews that he loved dearly and thought of as his own children. Luther was loved by so many people, he departed this life October 23rd, 2018 @ 11:20 am. “We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.” II Corinthians 5:8.
Luther leaves to cherish in his memory, his grandson’s Christian and Cameron granddaughter Amber. His companion Charlene, all of his nieces and nephews, Mike, Deneen, Greta, Johnny, Antoinette, Vanetta, and Phillip. Also to cherish in his memory are a host of great nieces and nephews, cousins, other relatives, and many many lifelong friends.
Services will be held on Saturday, November 3, 2018, at The Gaines funeral home 9116 Union ave Wake 9:00 am services 9:30