Henry Bramlette Gray III
1929 - 2021
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Henry Bramlette Gray, III

Henry Bramlette Gray, III was born in Birmingham on January 29, 1929 and died in Eufaula on January 19, 2021. He was preceded in death by his parents Henry B. Gray, Jr., Dorothy Rodan Davis Gray, and one sister, Dorothy Gray Krusen of Birmingham. He was a graduate of the Yale School of Engineering, the Auburn School of Agriculture, and the Army War College.

Following graduation from Auburn, he moved to Eufaula and married Mary Adams Gray of Eufaula. Together they operated Gray Acres--a cattle and timber farm-- for fifty years. He served as president of the Barbour County Cattlemen's Association and president of the Alabama Cattlemen's Association. In 1977, he was inducted into the Alabama Livestock Hall of Fame.

He served thirty years in the Alabama National Guard and obtained the rank of Major General. He received the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal, and the Distinguished Service Medal of Alabama.

He served in Governor Wallace's cabinet for three terms: nine years as Administrator of the Alcoholic Beverage Control, and two years as the State Adjutant General where he commanded all National Guard units in Alabama.

He served five years on the State Ethics Commission and one year as the chairman.

He joined the Eufaula Kiwanis Club in 1954 and remained an active member until his death. He served as club president, as Governor of the Alabama District of Kiwanis International, and as chairman of the International Committee on Boys and Girls Works. He was a George Hixon fellow.

He was chairman of the group that organized and founded the Lakeside School in 1968. He served as president of the board of trustees for five years and chairman of the trustees of the endowment fund for twenty-five years.

He served as president of the United Way of Eufaula, president of the Eufaula/Barbour County Chamber of Commerce, chairman of Eufaula's Zoning Board of Adjustment, a member of the board of directors of Friends of Fendall Hall, and director of Compass Bank of Eufaula, and as president of the Alabama-Florida Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

He was a member of the First United Methodist Church for over sixty years. He served as chairman of stewardship, chairman of the finance committee, the administrative board, the staff parish relations committee, and the board of trustees. He taught Sunday school for twenty years.

He is survived by his wife of sixty-three years, Mary Adams Gray; two sons, Henry B. Gray IV and his wife Karen of Knoxville, TN and John Adams Gray and his wife Elizabeth of Eufaula; one daughter, Dorothy Gray Berndt and her husband Greg of Yakima, WA; and his six grandchildren, John Adams Gray, Jr., Henry Bramlette Gray, V, Neely Frances Gray, Mary Catherine Gray, Hannah Gray Berndt and William Noble Berndt.

A celebration of life service will be held on Saturday, January 23, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at the Eufaula First United Methodist Church. Visitation will be held at 10:00 prior to the service. Dr. Alan Cassady will officiate and Chapman Funeral Home directing. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to Eufaula First United Methodist Church Building Fund or to the Lakeside School.


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Published in The Eufaula Tribune on Jan. 24, 2021.
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January 25, 2021
Our sincere condolences from the Kiwanis Club of Homewood - Mountain Brook club. He was a true credit to the Alabama District.
Colean Black
Acquaintance
January 25, 2021

this is from tom lindsey and bob methvin the next door neighbors.
our family loved The general.
we all have fond memories of him.
i remember borrowing tools from him. cutting his grass which i did a terrible job of and thankfully did not get to do it again.
i remember going over on christmas morning each christmas to see the presents.

going down to the bottom of the hill to bring up the grays wounded dog.
miss mary running thru our back yard with boniculers chasing a rare bird.

and so much morer
the gray were like part of our family.

the general was their leader.

what a great life he lived.

always doing the right thing.

so involved in the church and the community and trying to make the world a better place for all..

we loved him and will miss him.
tom methvin
Neighbor
January 24, 2021
Such an honorable, trustworthy man. My deepest condolences to the family.
Sarah Allen
Friend
January 22, 2021
Our sincerest condolences to the Gray Family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Travis, Susan, Summer, and Hayden Smith.
Travis Smith
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January 22, 2021
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January 22, 2021
My sincerest condolences to Ms. Mary, Henry, John, Dottie and their families. Mr. Henry was a fine man.
Mike Woodham
Friend
January 22, 2021
A finer gentleman you will never meet. I especially enjoyed my fellowship with Mr. Henry Gray when we were both involved with the Boy Scouts of America.
Randy Sherrill
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January 22, 2021
All honor to the name of this great and wonderful servant leader to so many people, specifically the Alabama Army National and the great citizens of the city of Eufaula! God and Country, sir! Rest easy.

- LTC Chris Amos, former member of 1103 CSSB, ALARNG, Eufaula, AL.
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January 21, 2021
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