Luke Byron Gray

September 14, 1971February 28, 2018
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Luke Byron Gray 46, passed suddenly on Wednesday, February 28, 2018. Luke was easy to love and he had a life time of friends. Luke had a giving spirit and a passion for helping others. He is preceded in death by his grandparents John and Patsy Homolish and Champ and Elinor Gray, Great-grandmother, Ora Brown. He is survived by his parents; Sandra and Don Lindsey and Fred and Wendy Gray; his Fiancé Buffy Renae Freeman; Brother John Gray and his Fiancé Misty Jones. Aunts Reveley McGrady and Rebecca Cox. Cousins; Benjamin Rock Daniels, Catherine Romens, Byron Cox, Tracy Taylor and Will Grubbs. The family would like to thank and acknowledge Luke’s Fiancé Buffy for her years of love and dedication. Special friends, John Lorrance and Doug Huffman and many others for their love and care. The family will receive friends on Sunday, March 4, 2018 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm with a memorial service to follow at Berry Highland Memorial. In lieu of flowers the family asked that donations be made to Luke’s favorite charity, Second Harvest Food Bank, 136 Harvest Lane, Maryville, TN. 37801. Family and friends will be able to leave their condolences at


  • Visitation Sunday, March 4, 2018
  • Memorial Service Sunday, March 4, 2018

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Maseena Battles

March 6, 2018

I have many great memories of Luke. One of my favorites is from 2009 at our annual girls’ lake retreat on Douglas. We had taken my friend’s pontoon boat out for a sunset cruise and when we got out into the open water the boat broke down. It was pitch black and we had no power, no lights…not even a spotlight. We were sitting ducks. I happened to think of Luke and called to see if he was at his lake house. He rescued us in under 30 minutes. He probably would never have found us but he had those big headlights on his boat. We guided him to us via cell phone. He was our hero!

“Cool hand” Luke was one of the smartest people I’ve ever known. He was a loyal friend and integral part of my tribe for the past 23 years. My heart is broken that his time on earth has ended, but he will live on through the happy memories we have of him. Your friend Bean will miss you forever, Luke.

My sincere condolences to Sandy & Don, Fred & Wendy, John, and Buffy.

Jennifer Dyer Herrick

March 4, 2018

I went to elementary and high school with Luke. Our paths probably intersected in more ways than I remember from the early days. I was just looking at his football picture from Alice Bell and I probably cheered for his team, without realizing it! I always remember how sweet and kind he was. Just a really gentle spirit and he always made you feel important and respected. I also have this memory that he lived down the street from us as well. So very sorry for your loss!

Jennifer Dyer Herrick, Houston, Texas
Alice Bell Elementary
Central High School, Class of 1989

John Paul

March 4, 2018

I just hope Luke knew that I loved him. My heart is broken, but I feel selfish, I pray he is in a better place and smiling down on us.

Lois Symington

March 3, 2018

Luke was a brave and kind man, and I'm glad I was able to meet and help him even a little. In spite of all the trials he had getting through every day, he always had a smile on his face. My deepest condolences to his family and friends as you go through this sad time.

Cathy Brandfast

March 2, 2018

Buffy and I were working on the Halloween decorations for work and Luke came along. It was the first time we met. True to Buffy's description, he was full of suggestions and great idea's. Quiet but when he spoke, it was something worth being said. Bless his heart, he was a trooper, I was blathering on the whole time. I still wonder to myself if he got in the van and said "thank God, I thought she'd never shut up!" I must not have been too bad, he let me come to the house and paint with Buffy. LOL Good guy, wish I could have known him for longer.