It was a job Pray thoroughly loved and put his heart into, Paul Richardson, a fellow pastor and friend, told the AJC on Thursday. Pray planned for church services weeks and even months in advance, while continuing to improve his musical talents, Richardson said.
“It’s one of those rare personalities. He was very present in whatever he was doing,” Richardson said. “He was always in the moment. Because of that, he was able to give his best to every moment.”
Pray was also athletically gifted, earning all-state honors as a high school football player in Arkansas. He later turned to cycling, and the route he was on Wednesday was one he often rode, Richardson said. It required him to ride along U.S. 41 about two miles.
“That was a comfort to his dad, knowing that he was doing what he loved,” Richardson said.