OBITUARY

Denver David Gray

October 24, 1917September 7, 2013

Denver David Gray, the son of Abbye Hall and Fred Gray of Palmyra, Nebraska was born October 24, 1917 and died September 7, 2013 at the William Breman Jewish Home, Atlanta, Georgia at age 95. He grew up in eastern Otoe County of Nebraska and graduated from the University of Nebraska earning both a BA and an MA from the College of Human Relations and Natural Sciences. He was called into service in October 1941 and began his service with the USAF at Hickam Field, Hawaii. He was at Hickam Field when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for meritorious achievement in ground operations against the enemy and ended his overseas service on Tinian Island and was there when the Enola Gay took off to bomb Japan. He retired from the USAF Reserve as a Lt. Colonel on October 24, 1977. He began his career with the Real Estate Investment Department of The Travelers Insurance Company in Orlando, Florida in 1946 serving in Portland, Oregon and Atlanta, Georgia. Two sisters predeceased him, Irene Dowding of Palmyra, Nebraska and Doris Cunningham of Lincoln, Nebraska. He is survived by his wife, Margaret Anne Beasley Gray, his three children: David Hall Gray and wife Deborah Dever, his daughter Anne Beasley Gray McHugh and husband Robert Christopher McHugh, and his son Russell Anderson Gray and wife Genie Ison. Seven grandchildren survive him: Elizabeth Marshall Gray Constantine and husband Walter Constantine, Alice Beasley Gray, Deborah Hayden Gray, Robert Christopher McHugh, Jr., Margaret Anne McHugh, Abigail Gray McHugh, and Isabella Anne Gray. He was a member of Trinity Presbyterian Church, Cherokee Town and Country Club, Pearl Harbor Survivors Association, American Institute of Real Estate Appraisers, and Sons of the American Revolution. The family extends special thanks to the medical staff of Piedmont Healthcare and The Jewish Home for their loving and professional care. A memorial service is scheduled for Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at 2 o’clock at Trinity Presbyterian Church. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in memory of Mr. Gray to Trinity Presbyterian Church, 3003 Howell Mill Rd., NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30327, or The William Breman Jewish Home, 3150 Howell Mill Rd., NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30327.

Services

  • Memorial service Wednesday, September 11, 2013
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December 17, 2013

On Behalf of the Dorothy Benson Adult Day Center. We offer our deepest sympathies to the family. We loved Mr. Gray who was truly a wonderful gentleman.

Bane Ashley

November 29, 2013

Denver: 'Won't ever be able to see the UN/Lincoln campus, or a Husker football or baseball game, without thinking so very fondly of you. /// I'll especially miss sending our family journal to you each year ... and getting your postcard reply. /// It was an honor to be your friend for so many decades. /// Great and good people make the world and those around them better -- you did that for nearly a century. Great and good people go to a great and good place -- that's where you are now. /// Put in a good word for me and save me a place.

September 16, 2013

David & Russell,

Sorry about the loss of your dad. Thinking about the Grays and the Devers during this sad time.

Oran Woodall

September 13, 2013

Please know that Denver was remembered today at SAR. There were many comments from long time members. As you know, we celebrate his service to all...particularly our country. How many brave persons can we honor who were at Pearl Harbor on that fateful day? God Bless each of you. Harold L. Brooks, Chaplain, Atlanta Chapter SAR

Rita Fink

September 13, 2013

I still cannot believe that Denver was 95. What an incredible life he led. I had met him through Republican politics and he talked me into running for the Atlanta School Board. Though I hadn't seen him in a number of years I always thought highly of him. May he rest in peace and receive his blessings.

September 11, 2013

Dear Bob Anne,
You and Den were an important part of our lives in the 60's. Roby and I send our sympathy and love to you and the family. Olive Robinson

Ronnie Karlin

September 11, 2013

My heart goes out to all of you.

With love,
Ronnie Karlin

Tim and Jennifer Gustafson

September 11, 2013

David, Ann and Russell,

Denver's life is one we should each strive to emulate.

I cannot dream of a life better than your father's...

One hell of an American. More importantly, an unrecognized teacher to us all...

Tim Gustafson

September 11, 2013

David, Ann and Russell,

Denver's life is one we should each strive to emulate.

I cannot dream of a life better than your father's...

One hell of an American. More importantly, an unrecognized teacher to us all...

September 11, 2013

Love and prayers to the Gray family and friends.

Jack Adamson