Clarence Elliott Gray Sr., 80, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013, following complications from a fall. Born in Shallotte, he resided in Jacksonville for the past 46 years.
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Following high school and a few years playing baseball in the New York Yankees farm system, he joined the U. S. Navy where he served and protected our country during the Korean conflict. Upon his discharge, he went to work for Greyhound Bus Lines. As a driver he earned numerous awards for safety, accumulating 33 accident-free years. His proudest achievement was earning the "Silver Stripe" award for 25 accident-free years. As part of this award, one of the buses in the fleet was named in his honor and bore a placard with his name and award.
Outside of work, his life centered on his family and his church. He was a member of the Mandarin United Methodist church for more than 40 years. During this time, he led a stewardship campaign to finance the existing sanctuary, he helped establish the annual men's club Christmas tree sale, and he was instrumental in establishing Boy Scout Troop 268.
He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Ruth; five sons: Kevin Gray (Laura), Richard Gray (Jessica), C. Elliot Gray Jr., Gregory MacNaughton (Connie) and Scott MacNaughton (Cindy). He is also survived by six grandchildren: Matthew MacNaughton (Julie), Richard Gray Jr., Tyler Gray, Tonya (Joseph) Stahl, Kyle MacNaughton and Katie MacNaughton; and a great-grandson, Colton MacNaughton.
Arrangements are under the care and direction of Hardage-Giddens Funeral Home of Mandarin, 11801 San Jose Blvd. Jacksonville, FL 32223. www.hgmandarin.com (904) 288-0025.
Published in The Brunswick Beacon from Nov. 28 to Dec. 4, 2013