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“O sing unto the Lord a new song sing unto the Lord all the earth sung unto the Lord, Bless his name.” Psalm 96:1-2
In the mid hours of the evening of December 31, 2023, The Lord came, just as He promised, and received Iris Ficklin Bray unto himself so that where He is, there she may be also.
Iris Ficklin Bray was born on July 15, 1954, in Warrenton, Georgia, at the home of her parents. Her mother was assisted by a Midwife, Mrs. Clementine Rogers. She was born to the parentage of the late John Hudson and Iris Smith Ficklin. She was the sixth child of thirteen siblings. Her December 31st flight from labor to reward was recorded by the Piedmont Health Care System in Richmond County.
She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Iris, and six of her siblings, five sisters, Geraldine Ficklin, Betty Jean Ficklin, Mattie Clara Ficklin Wingfield, Annette Ficklin Ruff, and Annie Ruth Ficklin; and one brother, John Hudson Ficklin III.
Iris Joined the Millrock Baptist Church at an early age and actively served until her health failed. She was a devoted member in good standings. Her serving capacities included: Missionary Worker, Choir member, and church clerk. She was known for making her famous potato salad and her red velvet cakes.
She attended the Warren County School System, where she graduated with the class of 1974. Over the years, she was employed at Health Tex Inc., PayBack Inc., Huddle House, Mayfield Industry, Quality of Life Association for Warren County, Inc., and Wheland Foundry Distribution Center in Warrenton, Georgia.
Iris was born an excellent cook. She made potato salad and cakes for individuals all over her community. She loved to help Pauline sing God’s Goodness. She loved contributing to her community and serving God’s people. Our last very memorable moment with Iris was in her last service at church, which was the second Sunday in May. She sang so spiritually, “That’s why I got my hand in the winding chain every day of my life. I’m trusting in your name because you been good.” What an unforgettable moment!
She leaves to celebrate her life and cherish her memories: a devoted husband of ten years, Johnny C. Bray; one daughter, Felicia Michelle Ficklin; four grandchildren, Bettina(Quinten) Robertson, Desmond Ficklin, Deshawn Ficklin, and Travis Hill; five great-grandchildren; six stepchildren, Antoine (Latoya) Gilmore, Quintina Gilmore, Marquis Gilmore, Latoya Bell, Saketha (Anthony) Bray-Barnes, and Antoine Gilmore; fourteen step-grandchildren; one great-great-stepgrandchild; five sisters, Pauline (James) Wilson, Minister Emma Sinkfield, Catherine Hudson, Marlene Hudson, and Gloria (Pastor Lyndon) Heath; one brother, Douglas “Butch” (Julie) Ficklin, all of Warren County, GA; two sisters-in-law, Sharon Bray of Augusta, GA, and Patricia Roberts of Warrenton, GA; one brother-in-law, William Bray of Seattle, WA; two aunts, Sarah Smith of Brunswick, GA, and Katherine Bradley-Killeen of TX; and a host of devoted nieces, nephews, cousins, friends, and the Millrock Missionary Baptist Church Family.
Services entrusted to Dawson’s Mortuary ~98 Hopgood St. Warrenton, GA