William Gray(1921 - 2011)

Gray, William Howard William Howard Gray passed away at home with family members on November 14, 2011. He was born January 26, 1921 in Hunington West Virginia, one of 5 sons. He graduated from Hunington high school and worked for C&O railroad in the summertime to finance his education. He attended George Washington University and then Duke University before he was called into service during World War II. He served in the Navy in the Pacific for 3 years going to Okinawa, Guam and Sipan. He returned to Duke University after the war to complete his undergraduate studies and he obtained his law degree from Duke law school. After graduation, he joined the Treasury department specializing in tax law. He then transfered to the chief counsels office in Dallas. There he met the love of his life Teel McKeehan and they married on March 23rd 1951. After 30 years with the Treasury department, serving as Deputy Cheif Council, he retired and started a second career, working with the bankrupcy court of north Texas until he was 86 years old. He was a devoted family man who always put the welfare of his family first. Strong in his beliefs, he lived by the credo of truth and honor in both his law practice and personal life. He had great compassion for the down trodden and those less fortunate. He was well read and well informed particularly about politics and the law. Tennis was a great joy, having played from age 11 until age 85. He was a member of T Bar M tennis club for 35 years. Another passion was reading the New York Times from front to back, looking up any word in the dictionary he did not know. He loved classical music and the arts, supporting the Dallas symphony orchestra and the Dallas art museum. He was an avid art collector of painting, sculpture and the Art of Wood Turners. A private, modest West Virginia gentleman, whose unique wit was a delight. A true renaissance man, he could build anything from furniture, grandfather clocks to a greenhouse. Most of all he was proud of his 3 sons, and felt he gave the world a great gift in them. "Fear not, nor grieve at my departure, you, whom I have loved so much, for my roots and yours are forever intertwined" There will be a memorial service to celebrate Bill's life on Friday November 18th at Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church located at Walnut Hill and Preston Rd. at 4:00pm. Bill is preceeded in death by his two brothers and is survived by his wife Teel, sons Scott and wife Alison, Kirk and wife Stacy and Brent and wife Jill, his brothers Bob and Jim as well as 7 grandchildren.

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Published in Dallas Morning News from Nov. 16 to Nov. 17, 2011