Boyd Wilbur Gray
December 24, 1927 – November 5, 2020
Boyd Wilbur Gray, 92 of Ridgeway, Va., died on Thursday, November 5, at his home. Mr. Gray was born on December 24, 1927 in Macon, NC to the late Lillian (Robertson) Gray and Stafford Washington "Bud" Gray. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sisters, Dorothy Gray King of Norlina, NC, Margaret Ownbey of Bristol, VA, and a brother, Ben Gray of Martinsville, VA.
After serving in the military, Gray invested in a service station but soon relocated from Macon, NC to the Martinsville area to work for Southern Discount Financial Lenders. Eventually, he became the financial manager of Baptist Lumber Company before becoming the regional manager for Spruance Southern, developing high end stains used by furniture manufacturers in Bassett, Martinsville, Galax, and the Piedmont Triad.
He was a member of First Baptist Church of Martinsville, where he served as a deacon and loved his Sunday School. He was a longtime member of the Fontaine Ruritan Club, the Volunteer Fire Department, a Scout leader, a Memorial Hospital Volunteer and a friend to the many neighborhood kids of Marrowbone Heights.
He served on the USS Glynn in the U.S. Navy at the close of World War II, and was an avid gardener, golfer and fisherman throughout his life. Many neighbors loved to visit his garden, as it made him happy to share his harvest.
Mr. Gray is survived by his wife of over 68 years, Jean Mulchi Gray of the home; a son, Jeff Gray of Thomasville, NC, and a daughter, Dr. Sherri Gray Lewis and son-in-law, Kevin, of Ridgeway; three grandchildren, Dustin Marshall, Anna Gray Lewis, and Ellie Lewis; two great-grandchildren Justice Marshall and Kylee Marshall, and many beloved brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews.
Memorial donations may be made to First Baptist Church, 23 Starling Avenue, Martinsville, VA 24112. The family will receive friends from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. at McKee-Stone Funeral Home on Friday, November 13. The graveside funeral service will be conducted on Saturday, November 14 at 1:00 p.m. at Mountain View Cemetery in Ridgeway, VA. Attendees are asked to follow all COVID 19 precautions as outlined by the CDC and by our state.
- Stafford Washington (Bud) Gray, Father (deceased)
- Lillian Robertson Gray, Mother (deceased)
- Jean Mulchi Gray, Wife
- Jeff Gray, Son
- Sherri Gray Lewis (Kevin Gray), Daughter
- Dustin Marshall, Grandson
- Anna Gray Lewis, Granddaughter
- Ellie Lewis, Granddaughter
- Justice Marshall, Great Grandson
- Kylee Marshall, Great Granddaughter
- Dorothy Gray King, Sister (deceased)
- Margaret Ownbey, Sister (deceased)
- Ben Gray, Brother (deceased)
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First Baptist Church of Martinsville
23 Starling Avenue, Martinsville, Virginia 24112
Friday, November 13, 2020
Saturday, November 14, 2020
Boyd Wilbur Gray
Cindy Brodie Schenker
November 18, 2020
Boyd was my Dad's BEST Friend! I cannot remember a time when Boyd was not at our home or playing golf with my Dad. He was an AMAZING FRIEND, husband and Dad to his children. THANK you for all the wonderful memories. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you!
Lynn Adkins Moreau
November 14, 2020
I grew up in Marrowbone Heights in the house next to Boyd and Jean and Jeff for the first 10 years of my life. Many happy memories still come to mind. Boyd loved his family so much and he loved his neighbors. Always smiling, he enjoyed his yard work and cheerfully cared for Jean. He was the epitome of a fine man.
Thankful for a life well-lived. Sending love and sympathy to Jean and Jeff and Sherri.
November 8, 2020
My deceased father, Stanford McGhee, and Boyd were good friends years ago, and I worked with Jean at DuPont. I remember them both fondly and send my condolences to Jean and her family.
November 6, 2020
Boyd was a great friend to my father and often reminded me how he missed their days working together as Ruritans. He was always such a kind man who wanted to help others in any way he could. He was a proud family man and often talked about his love for his family. He made many friends along his way at the Fontaine Ruritan Club and was loved by so many of our bingo players. We will all share in your pain as you go through this time of grief. My prayers are with Jean and all the family. May God give you comfort in the many beautiful memories he has left you with.
November 6, 2020
Roger and I are so sorry for your loss. Mr. Gray and the whole Gray family have been like my family just about my entire life. I have so many memories and I will miss seeing him when I come to Ridgeway. I will miss bringing him sourdough bread from Cracker Barrel. I love you ,Mrs Gray,Sherri,Jeff, Kevin, Anna and Ellie!
November 6, 2020
I have known Boyd as a fellow member of the Fontaine Ruritan Club and a friend for years. His good nature and friendly way was a favorite with the bingo players at the club. I always looked forward to the ocra he planted coming in so I could get a couple of jars of his pickled ocra. It was the best.
I true friend and a great man that never stopped serving his country, community, and fellow man. I will miss him as will many others.