George Gray Jr.

February 5, 1929October 19, 2018

A strong Christian man who loved the Lord best describes George Gray Jr., 89 who passed away peacefully on October 19, 2018.

George was born February 5, 1929 in Jefferson County, TN to the late George and Flora (Rainwater) Gray. George retired from Ford Motor Company in Cleveland, Ohio after 31 years of service. He was a member of the Freewill Baptist Church and was a faithful servant of the Lord. His family will always remember him as a loving husband, father and grandfather. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife of sixty-nine years, Stella Dockery Gray of Cherryville, NC; children, Jeffery Lyn Gray and wife, Sharmie of Gastonia, NC, Janice Ann Franz and husband, Charles of Cherryville, NC and Deborah Zamaria of Grand Prairie, TX; four grandchildren and two step-grandchildren; several great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.

George was preceded in death by eight siblings.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, October 21, 2018 at 4:00 PM at Dallas Funeral Home in Dallas, NC. Reverend Kevin Crumbley will offer words of encouragement to the family. A graveside committal will be held on Monday, October 22, 2018 at 1:00 PM at Resthaven Memorial Gardens in Dandridge, TN with Reverend Gary Gass presiding.

The family will receive friends from 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM prior to the service at the funeral home in Dallas.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital at

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Dallas Funeral Home is honored to serve the Gray family during this difficult time.


  • Stella Dockery Gray, Wife
  • Jeffery Lyn Gray and wife, Sharmie, Son
  • Janice Ann Franz and husband, Charles, Daughter
  • Deborah Zamaria, Daughter
  • Four grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, several great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren


  • Receiving of Friends Sunday, October 21, 2018
  • Celebration of Life Sunday, October 21, 2018
  • Graveside Service Monday, October 22, 2018

George Gray Jr.

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Alice Shaffer

October 24, 2018

We will miss you....thank you for your Christian testimony.

Rick Taylor

October 22, 2018

Many memories of worship and service. Heaven is richer still. God bless and keep all of the family.

Dave and Dee (Durst) Copley

October 21, 2018

Stella and family, So sorry to hear of George's passing. He was such a good friend to both of our father's, (Calvin & Ray). Oh, what a day they must be having, though they are much missed here. Prayers for you and your family at this difficult time.

Ken Baines

October 20, 2018

I first met George , in 1969 at Unity Free Will Baptist . Everyone seem to know George and Stella . George was a great man of God and a blessing to our church. We will miss you here but you are finally home.

Bev Smith

October 19, 2018

I remember when I first started going to Unity down on Dearborn. George and Stella always made me feel welcomed.
I missed them when they moved away as thought of them all the time. It was so nice to catch them visiting.
George loved the Lord that much you just knew. Not from anything her said but just the way he lived his life. He always had a smile or hug for me.
Heaven gained a sweet man of God and I know he's just basking in the love of Jesus.

Debbie Taylor

October 19, 2018

George, I hope you and Dad are having the reunion of a lifetime! So many memories of our families serving together at Unity FWB in Cleveland. You and Stella were such good friends, oysters at the house, laughing till we cried, helping Mom with my wedding reception. So many memories, I think of you and your family with such fond memories. I am so glad for another meeting place! You were loved.