Gary Clark Gray

August 15, 1939September 5, 2018

Gary Clark Gray, 79, of Cary, passed away on September 5, 2018 at BellaRose Nursing & Rehab in Garner following a long battle with Alzheimer’s Disease.

Gary was born August 15, 1939 in Huntington, West Virginia to the late Harry and Marie Gray.

Gary is survived by his loving wife, Cheri Gray; children, G.C. “Mike”, Todd, Kirsten and Tyler Nelson as well as 7 grandchildren.

A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, September 11, 2018 at 12:00 PM at Apex Funeral Home, 550 W Williams St, Apex NC 27502. The family will receive friends and guest prior to the service from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM and a reception will follow the service. A graveside service will be held at 3:00 PM at Montlawn Memorial Park Cemetery, 3201 S Wilmington St, Raleigh NC, 27603.

Memorial contributions can be made to MU Foundation, Attn Krystle Davis, 519 John Marshall Drive, Huntington WV, 25703 designated for Dr. Gary Clark Gray Scholarship.

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  • Gary is survived by his loving wife, Cheri Gray; children, G.C. “Mike”, Todd, Kirsten and Tyler Nelson as well as 7 grandchildren.

  • G.C. "Mike" Gray
  • Todd Gray
  • Tyler Gray Nelson
  • Sterling Gray
  • Sebastien Gray

  • MU Foundation, Attn Krystle Davis, 519 John Marshall Drive, Huntington WV, 25703 designated for Dr. Gary Clark Gray Scholarship


  • Visitation Tuesday, September 11, 2018
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, September 11, 2018
  • Graveside Service Tuesday, September 11, 2018

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Randy and Penny Long

October 15, 2018

Randy and I got to know Gary and Cheri (while visiting Arlene Long). Both Gary and Cheri always had smiles on their faces and a kind word. We will miss them at BellaRose.

Jay & Kelly Shambley

September 20, 2018

There was something endearing and special about Gary for his neighbors that also called Cove Creek Drive “home”. For Gary and myself, we talked often of our other home, WV!! Now, Gary is celebrating his arrival to his final home of Heaven where he now basks in the glory of his Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ—someday, I will share that “address” with him, too!! Until then, you will be missed by many!!

Buddy Duncan

September 12, 2018

I fondly remember two years of car pooling with Gary, Ty Cobb, David Huffman and myself. Gary refused to stop to let people out of the car and I spent my high school life dodging the back hinged car door on his old Mercury. Sorry to lose you Gary.

Don Ferguson

September 11, 2018

Losing this friend and brother of Sigma Alpha Epsilon is difficult to hear. Gary will always be remembered for his lively personality, big smile and booming laugh even when a joke was not understood by all of us. Especially recall the wild bridge games in Shawkey Student Union at Marshall. My sincere condolences to all of his family.

Mike Ostroth

September 11, 2018

My friend, my neighbor, and my mayor…
Thank you for 11 years of laughs, advice, and a constant smile on your face. Thank you for all those chats after work, the free psychology: (Yes, that is how I really feel) and the fact that you played your own outro music when a joked bombed. Thank you for all the driveway wine nights in the fall and the willingness to help anytime with my projects. Thank you for always looking out for the street/neighborhood and for mowing Dean’s yard and not mine when we were both out of town. (you have to admit you did buzz it a bit) Thank you for your upbeat attitude and your positive perspective on life. Thank you for being a listener when I needed it, and always supportive and understanding.
Most of all, thank you for marrying Cheri and for the two of you becoming part of our family. Our lives are better because of it.
I miss you my friend.

Becca Smith

September 10, 2018

Cheri- We always loved seeing you and Gary at The Memory Cafe of Cary. You were regular guests for us and we always loved seeing you there. I will remember the smiles Gary shared with us during the dinners and entertainment. We know this is a difficult time for you and your family and I want you to know that YOU are still welcome to attend The Memory Cafe of have lots of friends there and all the Rotarians love you. Let us know if you need anything. Much Love- Becca Smith Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club

Mike & Katie Waugh

September 10, 2018

Gary is my cousin and a treasure to the family. One of Gary’s great lines as a PhD of Psychology was “And how does that make you feel?”. A running laugh in the family. Especially when our daughter received her degree in Psychology.

His sense of humor, that booming laugh and absolute love for Cheri will always be remembered. We are so glad he is with our Heavenly Father and whole again.

William Bunch

September 9, 2018

From his smile thru his laughter he made you feel like a friend. From Jr. High through Marshall I always enjoyed being with him. A great guy !!!

Jason Duvall

September 7, 2018

I work with Cheri and only know Gary from the many stories she has shared over the last couple of years. It’s obvious that Gary’s moral compass was solid and his travels were Heavenly bound. My entire family has been deeply touched and positively impacted by the devout love Cheri and Gary share. We are forever changed because of just that alone. I expect that Gary’s clear sense of hope, joy and love will continue to embrace Cheri, Gary's family and countless others for many years to come.

Our heartfelt condolences to Cheri and all the Gray family during this time of reflection which is sure to involve much story telling.

-- Jason, Heather, Anna, Andrew and David

Ron Lambert

September 7, 2018

It was a life-long friendship that started in our West Huntington neighborhood, only grew through Huntington High experiences and so was a big part of my decision to pledge SAE at Marshall. He was there for me when I returned to Huntington from active duty in the Air Force in 1971. We picked up just like I had never been away.

I enjoyed his insights, his humor and his intellect.

He was a "True Gentleman" and I send my prayers for his family and comforting thoughts for his friends. A life well-lived...

R.I.P. old friend