James Albert Gray, 82, of Shelbyville, died Wednesday, March 5, 2014, at the Masonic Home of Shelbyville. Born in Louisville, he was the son of the late David Clarence Gray, Jr., and Inez Bewley Gray. He served his country in the United States Marine Corps, with the rank of Lieutenant. Graduating from Georgetown College, he earned his Masters Degree from the University of Kentucky and his Rank 1 from Western Kentucky University. Teaching and coaching for over 36 years at Waggoner High School, Durrett High School, and Thomas Jefferson High School in the Jefferson County Public School system, and in Jeffersonville, Indiana, he coached football, cross country, and track. He was elected to the Legends Club and was inducted into the Metro Area Athletic Directors' High School Hall of Fame. While coaching at Thomas Jefferson, his team won the state championship. He raised angus cattle on his Shelby County farm, and was a member and past president of the Great Meadows Cattle Association, and a member of the American Angus Association. A member and Trustee of the Christiansburg Baptist Church, his memberships also included the First Families of Kentucky. Collecting antiques and gardening were among his favorite hobbies. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, David Clarence Gray III. Survivors include his wife, Lucille Fry Gray of Shelbyville; his daughter, Michele McBrayer and her husband, Frank, of Waco, Ky.; his brother, Michael Gray of Holland, Ohio; his sisters, Marguerite Rhodes of Louisville, Alois Lewis and her husband, Jim, of Louisville; Mary David Myles and her husband, Edmund, of Shelbyville; and Barbara Ann Rolph of Louisville; and his two grandchildren, Wes McBrayer and Ben McBrayer. Memorial services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday, the 11th day of March, at the Christiansburg Baptist Church, with Rev. Herbert Slaughter and Rev. Nat Northington officiating. Private interment will be in the Grove Hill Cemetery, Shelbyville. Visitation will follow the service at the church on Tuesday, March 11, at the Christiansburg Baptist Church. Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to Christiansburg Baptist Church. Arrangements are under the direction of the Hall-Taylor Funeral Home of Shelbyville and online condolences may be expressed at www.halltaylorfuneralhomes.com.
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Published in The Sentinel-News from Mar. 10 to Mar. 17, 2014