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JOHN GRAY Obituary

GRAY, John Stewart "Johnny," 83, of Richmond, died March 15, 2013 in Richmond, Va. He is survived by his loving wife, Patricia Parker Gray; his two daughters and their spouses, Nancy Pugh (Victor), Kelly Longstreet (Joey); and his son, Stewart Gray; as well as his grandchildren, Gray Pugh, Seth Pugh, Isaac Longstreet, Noble Longstreet, Chelsea Gray, Quinn Gray, Skylar Gray and Blayze Gray. He is also survived by two stepdaughters, their spouses and children, Jennifer Hux (Ernie), Allison Starr (Mike), Rachel Hux, Ben Hux and Adam Starr. Other survivors are his former wife and the mother of his children, Anne Jones Gray; and three nieces, Cary Kelly (Kevin), Susan Chambers (Ty) and Elizabeth Gray, who are the daughters of his deceased brother, Dr. Zach T. Gray III, his only sibling. He was predeceased by his parents, Zach T. Gray Jr. and Eleanor Morris Gray. Johnny graduated from Virginia Military Institute with a B.S. degree in civil engineering in 1952 and was commissioned in the Marine Corps at graduation. He served in Korea, as well as other assignments, and attained the rank of captain. After the armistice date in Korea, he was selected and extended his tour there to coach the First Marine Division baseball team in the Far East Command league. He left active duty and accepted a position with the DuPont Company as a project engineer in 1956. In 1968, he started his own manufacturers' representative agency, J. S. Gray Company Inc., operating out of Richmond for the next 36 years. He retired in 2004. His company specialized in providing equipment and systems for corrosion control and air and water pollution control in industrial facilities, water/wastewater treatment plants and military operations. He was an early advocate and innovator in the use of fiberglass and graphite reinforced plastics for industrial applications. During his working career, he served as the chairman of the Tidewater Section of the National Association of Corrosion Engineers, board member of the American Institute of Plant Engineers, 36-year member of the Manufacturers Agents National Association, long time member of the Technical Association of the Pulp & Paper Industry and the American Society of Civil Engineers. He was a member of the Richmond Engineers Club. He was also an active member of VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars). He was a past president of the Bon Air Rotary Club and the Bon Air Community Association. He also served on the Vestry at St. Michael's Episcopal Church. At the time of his death, he was a member of St. Giles Presbyterian Church. He was a former member of Willow Oaks Country Club and Robious Sports & Fitness Center. Johnny was a devoted supporter of VMI and VMI sports for over 60 years and he was a four-year monogram winner on the VMI baseball team. In later years, he was an avid tennis player for about 30 years in Richmond suburban league activities. There will be a memorial service at St. Giles Presbyterian Church, 5200 Grove Ave., Richmond, Va. 23226, at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 23, 2013. At a later date, there will be a private interment at the Virginia Veterans Cemetery in Amelia. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the VMI Keydet Club, P.O. Box 932, Lexington, Va. 24450, or St. Giles Presbyterian Church, 5200 Grove Ave., Richmond, Va. 23226.

This obituary was originally published in the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
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Published online on March 20, 2013 courtesy of Richmond Times-Dispatch.

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