Funeral services for Mr. Gray will be held Sunday, June 1, 2014 at 3 p.m. in the Partlow Funeral Chapel with visitation Saturday, May 31, 2014 from 3-8 p.m. and again Sunday from noon until services. Elder Garry "Buster" Drennon and Elder Michael Drennon will officiate, and interment will follow at the Bentley Family Cemetery.
Mr. Gray, age 72, of Lebanon, passed away Thursday, May 29, 2014 at St. Thomas West Hospital.
He was preceded in death by his parents, James Edward "Pud" and Edna Elizabeth Gray; and brother, Glen Allen Gray.
He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Elaine Steed Gray; son, Gary W. (Lea Anne) Gray; brother, Richard (Gloria) Gray; grandchildren, Melanie (Cameron) Bradshaw, Gary Brandon Gray, Sawyer (Fencepost) Filson, Justin Collier Gray, Brittney Rodgers, Piper Bailey; great-grandchildren, Cason and Addilyn Gray; devoted pet Chip; and several nieces; and nephews.
Mr. Gray was a member of Laguardo Baptist Church and attended Town Creek Old Fashion Missionary Baptist Church. He was a retired captain from the Lebanon Fire Department and an equipment operator and farmer.
Pallbearers will be David Fox, Jim Gannaway, Allen Gray, Ashley Gray, Charles (Shorty) Hunt, Stephen Massey, Donnie Steed, Roger Steed and Wayne Steed. Honorary pallbearers will be Thurman Bennett, Cameron Bradshaw, Ray Dill, Jason Drennon, Elijah Eatherly, Joshua Eatherly, Phillip Eatherly, Sawyer Filson, Brandon Gray, Cason Gray, Justin Gray, Royce Gregory, Jimmy Hailey, Tommy Poole, Ronnie Thompson, James Rhea Williams, Blake Bass, Brandon Bass and Jason Turner.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Vanderbilt Children's Hospital.
Partlow Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements, 615-444-7007, obit line 615-444-7700, partlowchapel.com.