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Tanine E. Bray


Sunrise: November 12, 1952

Sunset: January 15, 2024

Tanine E. Bray, also known as “Tee,” was born November 11, 1952, in Brooklyn, N.Y. to the late Helen E. Bray. Tanine loved to work with her hands. She found joy in painting rooms and could patch a hole better than some men she knew. She held a long-time position beside her mother at a toy factory in New York. Little did the factory workers know the items they were painting would one day be considered antiques. Items like the 1975 Star Trek piggy banks.

In 1992, she moved her children to Portsmouth, VA to become a caretaker for her ill mother. Tee held jobs at QVC, Moseberth’s Fried Chicken, and the Portsmouth and Norfolk Quick Shop locations. Although Tee worked hard to care for her mother, she found time to assist in the care of her friend Thelma Lane. She loved to spend time with family and friends. She enjoyed playing board games such as Trouble, Monopoly, and Solitaire.

Tanine was supportive to her children, crazy about her grandchildren and those close to her. She accepted them for who they were. She made sure to be the first to call and sing Happy Birthday to them on their special day. She also loved pets and had several cats and dogs throughout her lifetime. Even when she was sick and memory lapsed, she remembered to often ask about her great-granddog Hazel. Although she had never seen a dolphin outside of a movie or magazine she was fascinated by the wonderful sea creature.

Tee was a die-hard Red Skins (Commanders) fan. She was adamant enough to teach herself how to crochet and knit. She made hats and scarves for friends and loved ones. She took time and enjoyed showing friends difficult crochet patterns. She enjoyed putting puzzles together and shooting pool. One of the fondest memories her grandson, Matthew, has of her is her patiently taking the time to show him how to hold a pool stick.

Tanine was predeceased by two brothers, Charles Bray and Kenneth Bray; two sisters, Elaine Brooks and Eunice Merryman; and her beloved life partner, Ricky Bonner.

Tanine will be missed by special friends. She leaves five children to cherish her memories, her son George I. Bray (New York); three daughters, Tanine H. Harley (Matthew D. Harley), Teresa A. Bray (Angel Walker); and Deanna E. Bray and her youngest son, Kirk E. Bray (Nickila Morgan-Bray) and her precious 12 grandchildren.

Viewing Monday, January 29, 2024 2:00pm - 6:00pm Metropolitan Funeral Service 5605 Portsmouth Blvd. Portsmouth, VA 23701 Service COME IN PERSON OR WATCH LIVE ONLINE Tuesday, January 30, 2024 11:00am Metropolitan Funeral Service Portsmouth Chapel Interment Olive Branch Cemetery Cpl J M Williams Avenue Portsmouth, VA 23701

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    Mary Simms says

    We Love You and miss you sooooo much Ms.Tee! Rest up my girl!!!!!!

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    Laquita says

    May you forever rest in peace Ms Tee. You have such a beautiful soul which I will never forget.

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    Regina Walker Allen says

    You were my best friend and will still be my friend myself and my kids will miss you I don’t think there will ever be anyone who can replace you we had so much fun together I love 💞💞💞 you may you RIP Bff

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    Michaela Walker says

    I you mama Tee I’m going to always remember that smile, your kind heart, the love that you gave me and my family, and of course your dance moves. To the family I love you all and if you all need anything even if it’s just a shoulder I’m here.

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