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Carla J. Bray

Birth Date: August 10, 1962
Death Date: March 14, 2019

Carla surrendered in her fight against Leiomyosarcoma (LMS) on March 14, 2019.
Born at Middlesex, England in 1962 to her missionary parents, Dr. Carl Philip Slate and Patricia Anne Slate now living in Memphis. Moving to the U.S. at age ten, Carla graduated from Harding High School in 1980 and soon after gravitated to the restaurant industry. Laboring 32 years with Perkins & Marie Callender’s, LLC headquartered in Memphis, TN. Carla was a highly regarded member of the Micros Restaurant Advisory Council and spent the majority of her years in the IT department with the last ten years as Senior Manager of Restaurant Automation. Carla’s brilliant smile and positive spirit were known throughout the 400 plus stores in the Perkins family. Left to mourn her are her parents, her husband of 26 years, Mark Bray, two daughters, Kathleen Bray, Rachel Bray, a son, Jacob Bray – all of Memphis, stepson, Mark Bray (Dana) and two step- granddaughters Celia and Delaney of Athens, GA. In addition, Carla is survived by her sister Karen Guin (Travis) of Savannah, TN and Carl Slate (Kim) of Collierville, TN. Carla’s extended family includes her beloved aunts, uncles, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews numbering over 100.
The family will receive friends on Friday, March 22 from 4:30-7:30 p.m. with a Rosary to follow.
The Funeral Mass will be held at St. Therese Little Flower 1644 Jackson Ave. Memphis, TN 38107 on Saturday, March 23 at 11:00 a.m.
If you wish to honor Carla’s memory, we recommend her favorite philanthropies: Give Kids the World, Up Til’ Dawn (St. Jude) or West Cancer Clinic

Visitation with Rosary
March 22, 2019
4:30 pm
- 7:30 pm
Memorial Park Funeral Home
5668 Poplar Ave. Memphis, TN 38119
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Funeral Mass
March 23, 2019
11:00 am
St. Theresa Little Flower Catholic Church
1644 Jackson Avenue Memphis, TN 38107-5053
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  1. Deepest Condolences

    Written by: Bobbi Fuhr

    Carla is already so missed! She was always such a joy to talk to… no matter what issue we were facing, Carla was ALWAYS willing to help. Her work ethic and positive attitude are simply unprecedented. When Perkins New Ulm burned down, Carla was one of my first phone calls. She said “Well, I don’t know how we’re going to recover the information from your computers, but we’re going to and we’ll get through this, together.” And that was how you felt in every conversation with Carla. She was with you, and together, we’d get through it. What a huge loss for everyone that knew her. My deepest condolences to her family.

  2. Dear family, my condolences to you. May these promises from the Scriptures help you endure the loss of Carla, for Jehovah is the God of all comfort. “Do not be anxious…..but in everything by prayer and supplication along with thanksgiving, let your petitions be made known to God; and the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and your mental powers by means of Christ Jesus.” Isaiah 26:4; 2 Corinthians 1:3-4; Philippians 4:6-7 NWT. Peace, and many happy memories of Carla be with you.

  3. Marie Callender’s Store 89 send their thoughts and prayers to the Bray family. Carla’s kindness and care for all will be remembered by all of us who were lucky enough to have ever spoken to her. May God Bless you all.

  4. Thank you

    Written by: Christine Stear

    Bray Family,
    Thank you for sharing Carla with us, we are forever grateful for the many contributions she made to each of our lives. May God give you peace and comfort, rest assured, we will see her again.
    Prayers to all of you,

  5. Carla Bray

    Written by: Mal and Jean Mauney

    Our love and sympathy to Pat and Philip Slate and to the Bray family.

  6. Dear Mark, Kathleen, Rachel, Jacob and extended family,

    Deepest sympathy and you all stay in my prayers. For our 32 years together at Perkins, I have admired the way Carla lived her life and the light she brought to others. She was truly an amazing woman. Cannot find the words to express the sorrow for your loss.

  7. Thoughts and prayers go out to your family. Carla, you will be greatly missed.
    GOD Bless.

    Robert Ripp & Family Kearney, NE (Perkins Northcott)

  8. I had the privilege of working with Carla since 2005 when I working for Micros. Carla was one of the nicest and smartest people I ever met.

    I send my thoughts, prayers, and condolences to her family, friends and to the entire PRKMC family.

  9. A shining star in heaven!

    Written by: Todd Danielsen

    Mark & Family-
    My thoughts and prayers are with you during this very difficult time. Carla was full of life and always lit up the room! I have had the pleasure to work with her at Perkins where she truly gave 100% at all hours of the day to support our team. Carla’s passing leaves a big hole in our organization and our team will miss her dearly!

  10. Carla,
    The thoughts and prayers of the Sausen Family go out to your family.
    You will be deeply missed by your Perkins Family!
    Be At Peace!

  11. Carla your vivacious voice and willingness to always help when I call will forever play over in my head. I will remember with such fondness dancing on the streets of Universal at one of the many Perkins conferences we attended.

  12. So sorry for your loss. I’m very grateful to have met and worked with you, Carla. You always made the day brighter.

  13. Dear Carla you will be missed sooo much by your family and friends and the entire Perkins community. My heart aches.

  14. I am sorry for your loss.
    Please accept my condolences.
    God has promised that you will have the chance to see your loved one again.
    John 5:28,29
    Look to God for comfort in your time of sorrow.
    2 Corinthians 1:3,4

  15. My sincerest condolences for your loss. May you find comfort and strength from knowing that during such difficult times (Psalm 34:18).

  16. Carla Bray Memories

    Written by: Bobbie Mellard

    My prayers gon out to Mark and their children. Carla was a wonderful person with such a great outlook on life. Hope that your wonderful memories of life with Carla will make your smile.

  17. Truly sorry for your loss. May you find comfort from knowing that during such difficult times God is close to you (Psalm 34:18).

  18. Missing you already

    Written by: Kim Smith

    So sorry for your loss. Carla was the most vivacious and brilliant woman I have had the pleasure of knowing. She will be missed greatly.

  19. I would like to express my deepest condolences to the family may the God of all comfort strengthen and comfort you during this difficult time 2 Corinthians 1:3,4

  20. I am so very sorry for your loss. I went to Harding with her and have wonderful, sweet memories. May God hold you in his arms. Prayers for the family.

  21. Praying for you.

    Written by: Renee Topham

    I am so heart-broken over your loss. Carla was the epitome of a woman who did it all and with such a beautiful, fun spirit. She was an inspiration both professionally and as a mother. God bless and comfort your family.

  22. So very sorry for your loss. Please take comfort in knowing that the bible gives us hope that we can see our loved ones again…John 5:28,29

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