Fray, Delores Sutphin

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Delores Sutphin Fray, ”Dee”, 91, of Willis, Passed away on July 25, 2021. She was born September 22, 1929, to the late Dewitte Tyson, and Ida Sutphin.

Delores was a graduate of Radford Women’s College, now Radford University. She was a mathematics major where she went on to do her graduate studies at Baylor and UVA. After college, she went on to work in the Langley Airforce Base and the Edwards Airforce Base In California in the early 1950s. She then went to be a Systems analyst at the NSAF Pentagon until she retired and moved back to Willis, VA.

Dee loved children and she invested in their educations. She doted on her nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was an avid bird watcher and gardener. She was a historian and her wealth of knowledge of the Mt. Hebron Church & School, The Buffalo Mt. neighborhood, Burks Fork Communities, and the Adams Branch neighborhood, was immeasurable, and we thank her for preserving that history.

Dee was preceded in death by her husband, William Bruce Fray; sister, Peggy Sutphin Terrell; brother-in-law, William Hassell Vass; and nephew, Doug Roller. She is survived by her sister, Mava Sutphin Vass; sister-in-law, Nelson Fray Haskell, brother-in-law, William Dabney Terrell IV; nieces and nephews, Ann Terrell Christian (Lawrence “Chris”), William Dabney Terrell V (Nancy), Elizabeth Foster Terrell, Charles DeWitte Terrell, Timothy Westmoreland Terrell (Kimberly), David Roller, Katherine Roller; grandnieces, Rachel Amanda Katherine Christian, Sydney Chambers Christian Pratt (Cole); neighbors and cousins, Perry and Becky Price, Abigale Price Poff, Benjamin Price, Kayla Harris, Joyce Sutphin Price; along with animals, Augustus “Gus” (dog), Blue Eyes (cat), and Lilly (Dog).

A funeral service will be held on Saturday, July 31, 2021, at 11 am, at Gardner Funeral Home. Interment will follow in Mt. Hebron Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends Friday, July 30, 2021, at Gardner Funeral Home from 6PM-8PM.