Felix R. Bray, merchant at Lone Elm and member of the firm of Bray & Co., was born in Henderson County in 1847, a son of John and Minerva Ann (Walker) Bray. The father is of English descent, born in Randolph County, N.C., in 1820. He immigrated to Decatur County, Tenn., in 1837., After his marriage, which occurred in 1842, came to Henderson County to the Tenth District. engaging in agricultural pursuits for a number of years. In 1882 he became a citizen of Lone Elm, since which time he has been hotel keeping. His wife was born in North Carolina, 1827, and has borne six children: William H.; Nancy J., wife of C. P. Dennison; Felix R., Curry, and Askew and Alice, twins. The subject of this sketch received his education in his native county. December 25, 1867, he married Miss Kittie Fuller, daughter of James H. and Eleanor Fuller. Mrs. Bray was born in the county in 1849, and by this union has nine children: Demonia, Sidney M., Eleanor, Millie, Katie, Lizzie, Artie, James H. and an infant son. In 1873 Mr. Bray established a general store at Lone Elm, in which business he has since been engaged, carrying a first-class and large stock of goods. By his attention to business, courtesy to patrons, and ability he has succeeded In establishing an extensive and profitable trade. He is a Republican, gave his first vote for U. S. Grant in 1868; is a Mason, belonging to Lodge No. 467, Chapter and Council Mason of Lexington. He and Mrs. Bray are devoted member of the Primitive Baptist Church.

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