Rev. Earl R. Gray (1924 - 2012)

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Rev. Earl R. Gray was born in Morristown, N.Y. on May 26, 1924 to William and Lois (Reid) Gray. Earl showed an early interest in airplanes that remained constant through out his life. World War II was in full swing and upon high school graduation, duty called and he entered the Air Force. As the war came to an end, Earl met and married the love of his life, Jean M. Mitchell on Sept. 10, 1949. In 1964 duty called again, this time to a Higher Power. He relocated from Syracuse, N.Y. with his devoted wife and four children to Bangor, Maine to begin his new life serving the Lord as an ordained minister. In Maine, their family became complete with the addition of their fifth child.

Reverend Earl R. Gray had numerous parishes through out Maine including: Hampden, Orrington, Kingfield, Strong, Salem, So. Portland, Buxton, and Kezer Falls. Rev. Gray especially enjoyed presiding at wedding ceremonies.

Rev. Gray was predeceased by his father, William Gray, mother, Lois Eliza Reid Gray, three brothers Everett, Donald and Dalton Gray and his eldest daughter, Cindy Brown. Rev. Gray is survived by his devoted wife of 62 years, Jean M. Gray, His son Earl R. Gray Jr., his son Barry and wife Yvette Gray; daughter, Holly Bean and partner Rick Swett, daughter Helen and her husband Bruce Symonds. Grandchildren include: Jennifer Underdown, Lloyd Gray Roberts, John William Gray, Joseph Gray, Crystal Gray, Linda Gray, Stacey Gray, Amos Bean, Aaron Bean and Ashley Symonds. Great Grandchildren include: Jonah Gray, Aidan Kai Bean, Mason Bean, Eli Gray and Samuel James Underdown; a beloved sister and her husband, Francis and Walter Klock, and many beloved nephews.

Dad, may you be flying airplanes in heaven!

In lieu of flowers, donations may be mad to the CRVNA Hospice Program, 30 Pillsbury St., Concord, NH 03301.

The family would like to extend their deepest thanks to the Epsom Health Care Center for the wonderful care they provided our father. Words cannot describe our gratitude about the loving and compassionate care your entire staff gave our father! You all are truly one of gods many blessings here on earth. Thank you for everything you have done for our father and this family. We would like to extend the same gratitude to "Hospice." for their loving care as well.



Visiting hours will be held on Wednesday, July 11, from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Waters Funeral Home, 50 South Main St., Concord, NH.



Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, July 12, at 10 a.m. at the Bow Mill United Methodist Church, 505 South St., Bow NH 03304.



Burial and military honors will follow at the NH State Veterans Cemetery at 1 p.m.
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Waters Funeral Home - Concord
50 S MAIN ST
Concord, NH 03301
(603) 225-5707
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Published in The Concord Monitor on July 10, 2012
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