Dr. Willard Allyn Gray

April 21, 1925November 19, 2012

Dr. Willard A. Gray, 87, a long-time resident of Cartersville, GA, passed away on Monday, November 19, 2012, following a brief illness.

He ran a successful chiropractic practice in Cartersville for 60 years. Dr. Gray was a member of the Elks Club, Kiwanis Club, and Sam Jones Memorial Methodist Church, where he served as an usher. He served in the Army Air Corps during WWII. He is survived by his wife, Martha; and three daughters, Dawn Gray, Debbo Gray and Sunny Carver; as well as a brother, Dr. Winfred Gray, and son-in-law, Major General Douglas L. Carver. Also surviving are his grandchildren: Brooke Christmas, Laura Fulmer, Jesse Williams-Hines, Gillam Campbell, and Carolyn Williams; five great-grandchildren: Aidan Christmas, Lorelei Christmas, Madeline Fulmer, Maddox Fulmer, and Willa Hines. Dr. Gray was preceded in death by his sisters; Patti Gray Platt, Sue Gray, and an infant son; Douglas A. Gray.

Dr. Gray is remembered as a loving husband, father and grandfather. He and Martha would have celebrated 66 years of marriage on December 25th. He also cultivated deep friendships during his lifetime. Some of his favorite pastimes included burning fires in his outdoor chimney while listening to Willie Nelson records. His was a life well lived. Dr. Gray was loved and admired by so many people in Cartersville and beyond. A graveside memorial service for Dr. Gray was conducted Thursday, November 29, 2012 at 11 a.m. at Sunset Hill Memorial Gardens with Chaplain Doug Carver and the Rev. Tommy Green officiating. Military rites were provided by the American Legion Shanklin-Attaway Post 5 Honor Guard.

In lieu of flowers the family respectfully requests that memorial contributions be made to Heartland Hospice 20 Collins Dr., Suite A, Cartersville, GA 30120. Daniel’s Funeral Home of Rome has charge of the funeral arrangements.


  • Graveside Service Thursday, November 29, 2012

Dr. Willard Allyn Gray

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Lauri Blackwell

December 14, 2013

I am so sad to hear of Dr. Gray's passing. He was always kind, generous and honest. He was my mother's doctors for years before I began going to him. He will be greatly missed. He had a heart of gold!

Deana Griffin-Hanson

April 17, 2013

To Martha, Dawn Debo and Sunny. This is Deana Griffin (now Hanson). My mother let me know about Willard and was very sad to hear it. I think of you all so often and remember all of you so fondly. Please let me know how I can reach you. Would love to see all of you. Love Deana.

April 15, 2013

Martha and girls...I have thought of you so often over the years...I looked you up on the web and was sad to learn of Willard's passing....I will try to call you.
Deana has a daughter, Caroyn, now 17....she will spend all of May on Amelia Island with us....after watching the Masters yesterday, I was determined to find you....your family was so special to Bill and me and I will always remember you with great fondness ....God Bless you all....Carolyn Oxley Grafton...

Ernie McArthur

February 1, 2013

It was a blessing to have known Dr. Gray. A visit to his office was always more than just going to the doctor. I will always cherish the times he and I sat and talked about old cars or gardening or just whatever! Everything about going to see Dr. Gray was a comfort to me and I thank GOD that I had those opportunities to be around such a good man as he. My thoughts are and prayers are with his family and his many, many friends!

Gwen Tappin

January 1, 2013

I am so sad to hear of Uncle EE going home to heaven. When I called today and found the phone disconnected, I knew something had happened. He was my daughter Ashley's godfather and we loved him dearly. I spoke to him just a couple of months ago and am so sorry to not know until now of his passing. My thoughts and prayers to Mimi and all the family. Gwen Tappin

Darlene Mines

December 28, 2012

I was a patient of Dr. Gray and am so saddened to have just learned about his passing. He was genuinely pleasant and always made an effort to work his patients in. I just always enjoyed chatting with him. God bless your family during the weeks and months ahead. You should be proud of all the lives your dad touched.

Patricia West Byars

December 1, 2012

Dr. Gray you will be missed you helped our family's with your special care and kindness May God be with the Gray family so sorrow for your lost

Candice Boyd Jones

November 30, 2012

Thank you Dr. Gray for helping my grandfather Bobby Boyd and father Tony Boyd with there back issues for many years. I will miss your kind spirit and I always enjoyed talking with you and waiting on you and your beloved wife when I served tables at the Country Club. Deepest sympathy to your family. You will be greatly missed by this community! We will never forget you. Thank you for your services. God Bless you and your family always.
~Candice Boyd Jones~

juan ashworth

November 29, 2012

we consider ourselves blessed to even hav known such a great intelligent man as Dr. Gray,not only was he the best chiropractor,he was a friend and a great inspiration to our lives,he was always positive towards life and made you feel special with his caring ways,he was a all natural healing Dr.,and loved to use his knowledge and abilities to make people feel their best,,,we will miss him and always cherish the wonderful memmories we hav of him,,he was a great loss to this world and his family,,but even a better gain to the heavens above,,,i know he is putting a smile on someones face,,,sincerely,Juan Ashworth and Kirstie Atchley,,,,,,

Irene Wheeler

November 28, 2012

20 years ago when I first met Dr. Gray I said I will give u $1000 to help me. He just smile and said I'm going to help u but it sure wont coast u that much. He helped me so much that day and for many years after that. He would always say I'm just a phone call away if u need anything. I loved going and getting adjustments and he always made time to talk to me about when he was young and how much he loved his family. When ever I would drive a different car or truck he would always walk me out to look at it. I will always have a gray spot in my heart for him. I'm very sorry for the family's loss