He was born on July 30, 1955 in Lebanon, Missouri, the son of Truel and Nadine (Trumbo) Bray.
Bill grew up in Mtn. Grove and graduated from Mtn. Grove High School in 1973.
He was united in marriage to Dolly Parmenter in 1976 and to this union two daughters were born, Michelle and Christy. In 1987 he married Kathy Williamson Chernowsky and gained three more daughters, Kim, Kelly and Jodi.
Bill was preceded in death by his dad, Truel Bray.
He is survived by his wife, Kathy; his mother, Nadine Bray; five daughters, Michelle Tollison and husband Cody, Christy Esely and husband Leo, Kim Chernowsky Schuh, Kelly Chernowsky Cottrell, and Jodi Chernowsky Greenfield and husband Cody; a brother, John Bray and wife Judy; a niece, Courtney Hensley and husband Tyler; 16 grandchildren, Blake Miller, Nathaniel Miller and wife Jesse, Amanda Sinning, Erin Conway, Brianna Moray, Dyllon Mathews, Zachary Mathews, Yasmine Moray, Jeramiah Moray, Alex Esely, Bowdy Schuh, Brooke Schuh, Abby Cottrell, Austin Cottrell, Wyatt Greenfield and Taylor Greenfield. He will be dearly missed by all those who knew and loved him.
Funeral services were held at 10:30am, Wednesday, February 22, 2017, at the funeral chapel with Darian Boykin officiating. Pallbearers were Blake Miller, Nathaniel Miller, Dyllon Mathews, Zachary Mathews, Cody Greenfield, Donnie Schuh and Austin Cottrell. Honorary pallbearers were Doug Shannon and Wayne Bohnenkamp. Interment was in Hillcrest Cemetery in Mtn. Grove, under the direction of Elliott-Gentry-Carder Funeral Home of Cabool, Missouri. Online condolences may be made at www.egcfuneralhome.com.