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Joseph Tanner Wray

May 19, 1997 ~ February 23, 2018 (age 20)

Joseph Tanner Wray, age 20, of Lawrenceburg, TN passed away Friday, February 23, 2018 at UT Medical Center in Knoxville, TN.  He was a native of Lawrenceburg, Tennessee, a 2015 graduate of Lawrence County High School, a Junior at The University of Tennessee Knoxville where he was majoring in Honors Aerospace Engineering.  Tanner was a referee for intramural sports, a member of the Phi Delta Chapter of the Chi Phi Fraternity, the UTK Honors Program, and Ignite.

Tanner was an exceptional young man who always put forth 100% effort in everything he did.  He was an energetic, intelligent and precious person.  His favorite quote was "The sky is not the limit."  He strived for and achieved excellence in every facet of life.  Tanner was a Christian and a very kind-hearted young man.  Tanner was a positive influence on all who knew him, and he will be greatly missed.  Although we only had him for 20 short years, he was a blessing and made this world a better place.  Earth's loss is truly Heaven's gain.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Jackie and Gail Wray; and his grandfather, Rex Long.

He is survived by

Mother and Step-Father -
Amy Schisler (Bobby), Lawrenceburg, TN

Father -
Keith Wray, Lawrenceburg, TN

Brother -
Steven Wray, Lawrenceburg, TN

Sister -
Staci Lee Wray, Lawrenceburg, TN

Brother -
Tyler Cox, Vancouver, WA

Sister -
Kelbie Schisler, Lawrenceburg, TN

Maternal Grandmother -
Susie Long, Waynesboro, TN

Step-Grandparents -
Donald & Franny Schisler, Leoma, TN

Nieces and Nephews -
Braylee, Hayden, Carter, and Sami

Several Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, Friends and his Fraternity Brothers

Those serving as pallbearers -
Dan Hathaway
Lucas Grinnell
Robert Beaulieu
Hunter Curtis
A. J. Long
Connor Kelley

Arrangements are being handled by Neal Funeral Home, 231 N. Military Avenue, Lawrenceburg, Tennessee.  The family will receive friends from 3:00 PM to 8:00 PM Thursday, March 01, 2018 at First Baptist Church of Lawrenceburg. Funeral services will be conducted at First Baptist Church of Lawrenceburg at 2:00 PM Friday, March 02, 2018, with Rodney Livingston, Joe Parrish, Daniel Hathaway and Andy Long officiating.  Tanner will lie in state at the church from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM.  Interment will follow at Lawrence County Memorial Gardens in Lawrenceburg, TN. 

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