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William Howard Bill Gray

February 1, 1933 — December 28, 2015

William (Bill) Howard Gray, 82, of Crab Orchard, passed away on Monday, December 28, 2015. Born February 1, 1933 at Slab Fork, WV, he was the son of the late Lacy Lee and Goldie Emeline Clark Gray. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by brothers, Henry Lee Gray, James Clark Gray, Shirley Arnold Gray; half brother, Herbert Alvin Gray and 3 half sisters, Eva Mae Terry, Lois Elenor Gray and Glida Lilly.
Bill attended a one room school on Acord Mountain and Sophia High School. He worked at Slab Fork Mine from March 8, 1951 to November 7, 1972. Bill accepted Christ as his Savior on November 17, 1996 and was baptized on April 13, 1997. He was a member of Bethel Freewill Baptist Church where he served as an usher and teacher. He served with the U.S. Army from April 15, 1953 to March 19, 1955 serving 17 months in Korea. Bill loved his family, his church family and working on his farm.
Those left to cherish his memory are his loving wife of 59 years, Maurenettia Evelyn Gray; children, Stephen Howard Gray and Linda Gray Lewis and her husband Rodney; grandchildren, Leigh Anne Korn and husband Eric and Lauren Johnson and husband Matthew. His pride and joy were his great grandchildren, Aubrionna Lunsford, Douglas Johnson, Kinsley and Kelsey Korn; brothers, Charles Gray and wife Margaret, Frank Gray and wife Gatha, John Gray and wife Beverly; sisters, Mary McMillion, Ruth Sterling and husband Dan and his farming friend, Isaac Parsons.
Funeral services will be 1:00 p.m. Thursday, December 31, 2015 in the Calfee Funeral Home Chapel with Minister Jim Brock and pastor Terry Hatcher officiating. Burial will follow in the Canaday Cemetery. Friends may visit with the family from 11:00 a.m. until service time on Thursday.
Pallbearers will be Eric Korn, Matthew Johnson, Jerry Gray, Isaac Parsons, Jr., Teddy Maxey and Paul Worley.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers memorial contributions be made to Hospice of Southern WV, P.O. Box 1472, Beckley, WV 25802

Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.
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