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Gary Alan ACTON

June 4, 1950November 20, 2021

Gary A. Acton June 4, 1950 - November 20, 2021

Gary A. Acton, 71, died Nov. 20, 2021. He was a Vietnam Veteran, 1970 - 1972 where he received a Bronze Star for Heroism and Valor. Gary returned to St. Louis, Missouri and completed his Master of Economics at University of Missouri in St. Louis. He spent the next 35 years of service working for Federal Express. His passion was travel and motorcycles. He was an advocate for motorcycle safety and long-term member of the Southern Cross MC. Gary was also a canine buff who adopted multiple dogs throughout his life.

He is the son of the late Walter and Gertrude Acton. He leaves two sons, Ryan Acton and wife Cynthia of League City, TX; Travis Acton and wife Andrea of Germantown, TN; four grandchildren: Skylar, Dylan, Lance, and Cameron; one brother, Stephen R. Acton of St. Louis, Missouri.

Gary loved life and lived to the fullest. He will be missed by his family. We will celebrate Gary’s life with a Military burial service in West TN State Veterans Cemetery at 4000 Forest Hill Irene Rd, Memphis, TN on December 7th at 1 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations can also be made in Gary’s name to the Humane Society of Memphis and Shelby County; 935 Farm Rd, Memphis, TN 38134


No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.


Gary Alan ACTON

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Regina Stone

November 29, 2021

I have always held our friendship as a precious treasure. We have laughed, we have mourned, we have plotted (smile) and we have celebrated together. You were there for me when my daddy died to make sure I had pallbearers. You made sure I had mace when his house was broken into. Like your nickname, you were a ghost in the background making things happen and making sure that things were taken care of, but never wanting the recognition. The world is much emptier without you here, my friend, but I know we'll see each other again. In the meantime, you are missed.

Jeff Crites

November 29, 2021

Appreciated working with Gary at FedEx, the advice, and our discussions about our veteran stuff and motorcycles. You will be missed. Rest in peace my friend, fellow rider, and brother-in-arms. Salute!

LaSher Jones

November 29, 2021

I will sincerely miss Gary. He often came by my desk and we would talk about taxes and more recently the passing of my niece and my taking her two children in my home. He ALWAYS shared words of encouragement and offered to help how ever needed and whenever needed. I affectionately called him "Dad". I will sincerely miss Gary. Rest Well My Friend

Kim Bellis

November 24, 2021

Condolences to the family at this difficult time. Gary and I passed in life together some 20 years ago when we rode motorcycles with the Wolf Pack Riding Club. Road many miles together and was a great person. He will be missed.

Bob Evans

November 24, 2021

Gary was a true friend, I will always have very fond memories and never forget how good of a person he was.

Michael Estes

November 23, 2021

I loved talking to Gary. Front the first time I met him; he made me feel welcome. “Ghost” is one of the wisest men I had the pleasure of knowing. He was always ready to listen and his advise was always spot on. You will be missed Brother!

Sanford Woode

November 23, 2021

Gary and I were in the same motorcycle club for a number of years. He was very instrumental in organizing events and treasury work. Every man has a gift of service His was organization and empathy. I gave him his nickname or road name of Ghost because he was always on point in his job and was often quiet in the performance of his responsibilities. As a Veteran he served his country. As a Brother of mine said "there are damned few good ones left".
The world lost another with Ghost.

T F Lambert

November 23, 2021

I am so sorry for your loss. Gary and I worked together at FedEx for a few years. He helped me a lot and I learned a great deal from him. A really great guy who was well respected.