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Robert Gray Sr.

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Robert Gray Sr. Obituary
GRAY Robert Lee, Sr., 96, of Lexington, KY, died Thu, May 1, 2014 at The Willows at Hamburg. Born January 19, 1918 in Louisville, KY to the late John Hue and Belle Crawford Gray. He was a graduate of DuPont Manual High School and the J.B. Speed Engineering School at the University of Louisville. In 1941, after graduation, he and his new bride, Mary Louise Potts Gray, moved from Louisville to Ashland, KY to join Ashland Oil & Refining Company's Marine Division. Bob was involved in the Operation and Management of the marine group as well as the design and construction of towboats, tankers and barges, building Ashland's fleet into the largest private fleet on the inland waterways and lakes. Bob worked for Ashland for 45 years and consulted for several years after retirement. Bob is predeceased by his parents; his brother, John Jr.; and his sister, Mary Wheeler (Murray). In addition to his wife Louise, with whom he celebrated 72 years of marriage, he is survived by a sister, Betty DeWitt (Gardner); three children, Robert Jr. (Patty Ann); Jane Kerns (Ken); and John II (Patty); seven grandchildren, Jessica (Eric), Amanda (Charles), Meredith (Chris), Brent (Katy), Sarah (Daniel), Natalie (Adam) and Derek; ten great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Bob and Louise were active and long time members of the First United Methodist Church in Ashland (65 yrs.). Bob was also very active in his community, at their church, with the Kiwanis Club, Habitat for Humanity, and the Kentucky Highland Museum. Bob was a loving and devoted husband, a caring and wonderful father, and an extraordinary grandfather. Most of his friends and associates always said he was a true southern gentleman. He believed in a loving God, being generous to others, his family and all our travels together, and cheering for his beloved U of L Cardinals. He will be missed greatly. A memorial service and eulogy will be conducted 10:30am Mon at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Harrods-burg Rd. in Lexington, KY, by Rev. William Ray Jennings. Burial will take place 1pm Mon at Cave Hill Cemetery in Louisville, KY. Visitation will be held 3-5pm Sun at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The First United Methodist Church, 1811 Carter Ave., Ashland, KY 41101 or the Boy Scouts of America, in Louisville's Lincoln Trail District, 12001 Sycamore Station Pl., Louisville, KY 40299.

Published in Lexington Herald-Leader on May 3, 2014
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