William "Buddy" Louis Gray

September 7, 1947April 14, 2019

William “Buddy” Gray

Mr. William L. “Buddy” Gray, our precious husband, father, brother and friend, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Sunday, April 14 th after a short battle with cancer. Buddy grew up in Chesapeake, VA. on September 7, 1947 to Ruth Beane Gray and Joseph Benjamin Gray, both deceased. Buddy had a sincere passion for the lost and lovingly influenced many to know his God. He is survived by his loving wife, Linda Turner Stoneman Gray, his special son, Brian, stepson, Scott Stoneman (Amy), and step granddaughter, Aubrie. He leaves behind two sisters, Wilma Gray Edwards (his twin), Wanda Turner(Larry), two brothers, Joseph “Bennie” Gray (Susan) Dempsey Gray, special brother-in-law, Bunny Turner. A memorial service will be conducted at 7:00 PM on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at Collins Funeral Home with Pastor Raymond Moorefield officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 5:30 to 7:00 PM prior to the service. The family request memorials to be made to Mountain Valley Hospice and Palliative Care, 730 East Church Street, Suite 13, Martinsville, VA. 24112. Online condolences at Collins Funeral Home at Bassett, VA. is respectfully serving the Gray Family.


  • Mountain Valley Hospice & Palliative Care


  • Visitation Wednesday, April 17, 2019
  • Memorial Service Wednesday, April 17, 2019

William "Buddy" Louis Gray

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David Warren

April 19, 2019

To the family of Buddy, my name is David Warren and I was a high school friend who played music with him.
I thought a lot of Buddy. We had some good times together.
My thoughts are with Buddy’s family. May you find comfort in friends and family and the good memories you shared.

Douglas Shumate

April 18, 2019

Paddling rivers with Buddy was such a pleasure. Memories include paddling on high water on the New River in WV, warming his coffee cup with a propane torch when we were camping, and him giving his testimony when we had stopped for a break on the Dan River one cold winter day. I am so glad to have many hours of paddling and camping with Buddy back in those days.

Kathy Rea

April 17, 2019

Linda, words escape me. I have known you & Buddy most of my life. Buddy and my step-dad (Gordy) used to go hunting & fishing quite frequently. And, then, there was Bassett Printing......where he worked with my Mom (Pearl). Every time I saw Buddy, he always asked me if I had put coloring on my hair. Because, in the summer, my hair would be just about as blonde as his. (The pool & the sunshine were my natural lighteners.)
Linda, I will NEVER forget when you told me that you had met Buddy!!!!! You were so excited!!!! And, I was so excited for you!!!!! I was like.....I know him!!
Linda, I am sending up special prayers.....especially for you & Brian. Just take comfort in knowing that Buddy is dancing with the angels, until we all meet again.
I love you!!!! And, if you need anything, just let me know!!!!! I'll be there!!!

Penny Nora Gray

April 16, 2019

We send our sympathy to Wanda and Buddy's wife and children. I remember Buddy's father, my Uncle Joe so well. My Mom, Melissa, is Joe's brother David Paul's wife. She remembers Buddy, his siblings and mother Ruth with great fondness. We send love and prayers to all of our extended family.

Diane Whitlock

April 16, 2019

Knew Buddy as a teenager. Knew the whole family. Buddy and his friend, Tommy, used to come to our house and play their guitars and sing. Along with Wilma, they came to many parties at our house on Church Street Extension and we all had a great time! From the obituary, I can see that Buddy turned out to be a good man. I know he will be missed.

Frances Hylton

April 15, 2019

Linda and family, you all are in my thoughts and prayers, I’m so sorry to hear of this dear mans passing!
I have so many fond memories of time spent with him...camping, kayaking (he’s to blame for my addiction to that) bible study, morning devotions at work, many lunches cooked by him for our little work group as well as our shared passion for all things natural. He was an amazing man with a heart of gold and he will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
Love and prayers....Peanut