Joe E. Pray

Licensed Funeral Director, Creationeer

“Celebrate the memories of the deceased as you draw family and friends around you. Be involved in life, but don’t be afraid to ask for help from others.”

Joe, a Michigan Funeral Directors Association 40-year Licensee Award winner, grew up in Charlotte, at the funeral home/residence across the street from where now lives. Joe started out washing cars and mowing the lawns, eventually becoming a licensed Funeral Director in 1979. He attended Michigan State University, and graduated from Wayne State University. Joe is grateful for the ability and opportunity to create meaningful life celebrations to help families in the community heal from the loss of a loved one. He’s served as Charlotte Chamber of Commerce President, United Way Chairman, Chairman and Founder of CharlotteRising, a volunteer for Hayes Green Beach Hospital, and as AL!VE volunteer for Sparrow/Eaton, and Chairman of the Charlotte Airport Advisory Board.

Along with his life Lori, Joe loves spending time with his sons and grandchildren. His favorite family activities involve trips to the family cottage in northern Michigan, taking care of the family’s antique car collection, flying airplanes, and barefoot waterskiing.