Virgil R Gray

19 janvier , 192310 mai , 2019

Virgil R. Gray Jr., 96, of Bradenton, FL, died May 10, 2019. Survivors include his beloved wife of 45 years, May Jo DeNardo Gray, daughters Zita Gray, Celia Prince (Jane) and Lucy Segerson (Ed), and son Keith Gray.

Dr. Gray was a veteran of the Korean War and was a licensed pilot. He taught Theater Arts at Mars Hill University, retiring in 1985. He was an enthusiastic train collector and enjoyed traveling and photography.

No services are scheduled at this time.

The family is being served by Robert Toale and Sons Funeral Home at Manasota Memorial Park.


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Virgil R Gray

Martha Hill Moore

29 mai , 2019

Doc was my mentor during my years at Mars Hill. He was an exacting task master and demanded only the best from all of us. I learned more from that one man - not just theatre - than a lifetime of teachers. Evenings spent in Doc and May Jo's kitchen playing hearts or spades, listening to big band and show tune albums, and drinking "tea" or "lemonade" are among my fondest memories.

My favorite memory of Doc (and I have tons) is this: I had worked long hours on a 3D model for my set design final. There were only two of us in class. We had to design the sets for "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" (one of Doc's favorites) and it was a beast. Doc's critique of my work was cutting. I had really struggled and his words cut me like a knife. I ran out of the shop and hid in the bathroom for about an hour bawling my eyes out. When I went back to the shop, Doc was gone but there was a note, written in red sharpie on the floor of my set model, that said, "I'm sorry. It's really not that bad." and beside it was a single Hershey's Kiss.

My heart goes out to the family. He was a good man. He was honest, genuine, and a kind soul.

Much love,
Martha Hill (Moore) MHC class of 80