Auston Hawkins Gray Sr.

November 19, 1925October 31, 2018

Auston Hawkins Gray, Sr., born on November 19,1925 in Colbert, Georgia, died October 31, 2018. He is remembered mostly for his hearty, infectious laughter and his funloving spirit. He came from humble beginnings and upon graduating from high school, enlisted in the Navy where he served at the Pacific front in Peleliu. After the war, he graduated from University of Georgia where he met his bride Lillian Roxanna Gillen. He graduated with a degree in business and married in 1948. He enjoyed a long career in sales. Although his vocation required frequent travel, he always put family first. He was a hands-on dad full of joy and laughter with a healthy measure of tough love. He was preceded in death by their daughter, Lisa Roxanna Pippenger. and his wife, Lillian. He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Auston H. Gray, Jr., M.D. and Karen Gray of Sumter, SC; daughters and sons-in-law, Suzanne and Doug Fleming of Columbia, SC, Melanie and Barry Gonzalez of Tarpon Springs, FL; grandchildren Andy Fleming, Ginger Fleming Van Vooren, Tony Pritchett, Anne Marie Pritchett, Brian Gray, Benjamin Gray and Emily Gray; great-grandchildren, Charlotte Gray, Carter Van Vooren, Lilly Pritchett, Austin Fleming, Rhys Du Toit, Hudson Pritchett, Rowan Du Toit, Ryland Du Toit, Lanier Pritchett. The family will receive friends and relatives on Sunday, November 4 from 2:00-3:00 at Eternal Hills Memory Gardens, 3700 Stone Mountain Highway, Snellville, GA 30039. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in memory of Auston Gray to Lighthouse Hospice Group, 110 Oak Park Drive, Unit C, Irmo, SC 29063 (803) 781-1935.


  • Visitation Sunday, November 4, 2018
  • Funeral Service Sunday, November 4, 2018

Auston Hawkins Gray Sr.

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Stephanie Tedder

November 3, 2018

My condolences to the family. I remember uncle Auston from my youth and the reunions we used to have. It has been a while but such a loving man.
Stephanie Tedder and family
(Jim Bell Jr's daughter)