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Wayne Franklin Gray

March 13, 1950 - September 19, 2017

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Renaissance Funeral Home & Cremation Tribute Center
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Saturday, September 23, 2017
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1:00 PM to 2:00 PM

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Wayne Franklin Gray, 67, passed away Tuesday at Transitions Life Care in Raleigh, where he was surrounded by family.

Wayne was a wonderful husband and friend to many people.
Wayne was born in Alexandria, VA, and moved to Raleigh in the early 1980’s. He was preceded in death by his parents Hazel and Ellen Kearnes, brother Ronald Kearnes, and mother-in-law Sally Morgenstern. He is survived by his loving wife Karin, niece Kimberly Hicks, nephew Jacob Gambino and many other family members.

Wayne served 6 years in the United States Navy as a combat medic. He attended the Medical College of Virginia and University of North Carolina where he received BS and Master’s degrees in Physical Therapy, Counseling and Science. Wayne was in private practice for 25 years and developed special bonds with his patients. He most recently worked as Physical Therapy Department Supervisor at Central Regional Hospital in Butner, NC. He was a member of the National Association of Christian Physical Therapists.

Wayne was known for his beautiful singing and guitar playing. His love of nature included hiking and motorcycling in the Blue Ridge Mountains where he said he felt at peace.

In lieu of flowers, if you wish to make a donation please direct them to Duke Cancer Institute, 710 W. Main Street, Suite 200, Durham, NC 27701.

A memorial service will be held at Renaissance Funeral Home 7615 Six Forks Road in Raleigh on Saturday September 23rd at 1 PM with a reception following.
Posted by:
Terri Hinton
Posted on:
July 19, 2018
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Terri Hinton
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July 19, 2018
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Terri Hinton
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July 19, 2018
I was a patient of Wayne's for almost 4 years. He was kind, caring and an excellent physical therapist. And above all a wonderful person. He shared a lot of wisdom I will always remember.
Sincerely,
Terri Hinton
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Amy Edwards
Posted on:
September 24, 2017
Condolences to the family.
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michele morgenstern
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September 22, 2017
Karin,
We love you and we are thinking of you! Emily said that even though she didn't know Wayne really well, she told me last night she remembered when you all come up here ( 4 or 5 years ago) and how good Wayne could sing and that he gave great hugs. I can remember him always wanting to play around with anything electronic just to know how it works and then Brent wouldn't have any idea of to get it to work the way he remember...haha. It was comical.
Love, Michele and Emily
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Monica S.
Posted on:
September 22, 2017
Wayne and I worked together at the state psych hospital. We took care of the medically ill patients. He was incredibly passionate about taking care of patients. He was meticulous in his analysis, and would talk at length in meetings about the very specialized needs of the people he was helping. He would smile and laugh with me about the frustrations of the day. He was always upbeat when I called him, always willing to help and do extra. He put patients first. In an industry of challenging work where people sometimes complain and get angry, Wayne didn't, not with his colleagues or patients. He seemed to love his work and we loved him. My thoughts are with his family.
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Minsa Varghese
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September 22, 2017
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September 22, 2017
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September 21, 2017
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September 21, 2017
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September 21, 2017
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Lewis Wells
Posted on:
September 21, 2017
Karin and family,
I am so sorry for your loss. I had the good fortune to sit next to Wayne recently at my Idaho adventure send off. I knew him to not be feeling well but he was funny and thoughtful and I am glad that I got to spend some time visiting with him.
In prayer,
Lewis
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