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Blount & Curry Funeral Home-Carrollwood

3207 W Bearss Ave, Tampa, FL

OBITUARY

Rev. Dr. Duncan Laidlaw Gray

January 24, 1935October 31, 2019

Reverend Duncan L. Gray of Tampa, Florida passed away October 31, 2019 at the age of 84. Duncan is survived by his wife of 58 years, Patricia; his daughter, Jennifer Keeler (Bill) and son, Duncan Gray (LeAnne).

Duncan was a loving father and husband as well as a loyal friend. Duncan was born in Tampa, Florida on January 24, 1935. He attended and graduated from Hillsborough High School, Florida State University and Duke University. He loved school and was grateful for his teachers and mentors who always held a special place in his heart. He served God faithfully as a Methodist Minister for 40 years in Florida. He served churches in Tampa, Winter Garden and Plant City.

A Funeral Service will take place at 2pm on Tuesday, November 5, 2019 at Palma Ceia United Methodist Church located at 3723 W. Bay to Bay Blvd. Tampa, FL. 33629. Family will receive friends one hour prior.

Matthew 25:21 His master said, “Well done good and faithful servant.”

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Florida United Methodist Children’s Home at 51 Children’s Way, Deltona, Florida 32725.

Services

  • Visitation Tuesday, November 5, 2019
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, November 5, 2019

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Gilbert Jones

November 6, 2019

I was in high school when Duncan Gray was the pastor at Faith UMC in Tampa. It's been about 50 years, but his name still comes up in conversations. Other comments here mention that Duncan had a "wicked" sense of humor. I am not sure that "wicked" would adequately describe his humor, but it was memorable. He was a good guy and we are all the better for having known him. My condolences go out to his family.

Jason Mattair

November 4, 2019

Dr. Duncan Laidlaw Gray Was Born On Thursday January 24,1935 and Was Welcomed Into Jesus's Very Loving Precious Arms On Thursday October 31,2019. I Love You Very Much Always You Angel In Heaven Duncan ❤️❤️❤️❤️

Jay Ritenbaugh

November 3, 2019

I was sad to hear this news tonight. Duncan had a wicked sense of humor and a big heart. He was my first Methodist Pastor when our family transferred our membership to the Methodist denomination. His will be remembered in Plant City as the Pastor that oversaw the acquisition of the former Sun Trust Bank building and expanding the church campus to include 2 city blocks. His daughter Jennifer was our neighbor and after he retired I enjoyed seeing him when he visited her from Tampa. Peace to the Gray Family.

Phyllis Ollariu

November 3, 2019

I met Duncan when he was the associate pastor at Seminole Heights United Methodist Church and I was barely a teenager. Never before had a pastor made such an impression on me and I grew to trust and love him not only as a pastor but as a friend. My heart is very saddened to learn of Duncan‘s passing and my thoughts and prayers are with Pat, his family and friends. I am grateful to have crossed paths with Duncan and I am blessed that my spiritual journey began with him at the helm.

Marianne McConnell

November 3, 2019

What a party there must be in Heaven! He was a true servant of God. My sympathies are with you, Pat, Jennifer and Duncan. My heart grieves for you and, at the same time, is joyous for Duncan. He gave our family so much comfort and joy. God bless you all! Until we meet again, Duncan Gray! This world was a better place because of you and we will miss you.

Paula & Joe Sedita

November 2, 2019

Dear Pat, Jennifer, Duncan Jr, & spouses,
It is with sadness I send you sympathies & prayers for comfort & grace as you adjust to life without the daily presence Duncan. But I know he is happily sitting at the foot of our Lord, Jesus Christ. I wish Joe & I could be there to celebrate Duncan's life with you. We are out of the country right now.
As I reflect on the years he served at FUMC Plant City I have wonderful memories of him . He was an astute pastor & student of scripture, visionary, great & supportive boss, giver of advice & counselor and gentlemen. He had a wicked sense of humor & enjoyed a little verbal sparring, especially every Monday morning when The Judge called. And even on occasion he could show a fiery temper. This was probably due to that Scottish heritage he loved almost as much as he loved all of you! I also remember his beautiful handwriting & the notes he composed. I am honored to have
known him & worked beside him. Godspeed Duncan.
Sincerely,
Paula
Joe, JP and Elizabeth & Jeff and Meghan

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY