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Jay Lowell Gray

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HENDERSONVILLE-Jay Lowell Gray, 88, of Carolina Village, died peacefully on Friday, May 1, 2015, at CV Medical Center. He was born in McDonough County, Illinois on September 18, 1926, to the late J. Howard Gray and Letha Eliza Havens.
Jay graduated from Bradley University in 1948 at Peoria, Illinois. Jay started with Carrier Corp. and became affiliated later with Air Comfort Corp. in Broadview, Ill.
A company in Indiana was acquired and he was promoted to Exec. V-Pres. in charge of the Indiana Division. When a new building was built in Merrillville, Indiana, it was dedicated as The Jay L. Gray Building. Jay met and married Shirley Marie Powell, his former secretary. Jay was affiliated with Theta Xi Fraternity, a life member of ASHRAE, Masonic T.J. Pickett Lodge in Bushnell, Ill and Shriners International. Retiring to North Carolina in 1987, they lived in Brevard, Mills River, Etowah and most recently, Carolina Village. Together, they ran the Blair House Gifts & Accessories for 8 years on 25N with their little dog, Abby.
He is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Shirley; one sister, Dana Speer and two nieces.
A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00pm on Saturday, May 23 at Grace Lutheran Church in Hendersonville, with Pastor Ken Langsdorf officiating. There will be a reception following the service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Grace Lutheran Church, 1245 W. 6th Ave. W, Hendersonville, NC 28739 or Carolina Village Endowment Fund, 600 Carolina Village Rd., Hendersonville, NC 28792.
Published in The Times-News on May 21, 2015
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