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.