DR. Everett R. Gray
1927 - 2018
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Dr. Everett Gray or "Reese", as his siblings lovingly called him, was born May 27, 1927, in Tohula, Mississippi, to the union of Oliver, and Hattie (Lee) Gray. His mother passed away when he was only 6 months old, leaving his Grandmother, Mary Gray, to raise him. At the age of 17, Everett decided that it was time to see the world. He left Mississippi, and moved to Chicago, Illinois and not many years later, met and married the love of his life, Marion London. To this union 6 children were born. During this time, Everett worked many odd jobs, one in particular, a restaurant in downtown Chicago, where he portrayed himself as a native of Jamaica, employed as the dishwasher. He held the job for 5 months, until his boss hired a true native of Jamaica. He decided to end his employment, before he was found out. Those who knew him, knew of his hilarious sense of humor! After saving his money, he became a business owner, with his very own Cleaners/Taylor Shop, on North St. in the Chicago Loop. It was during this time that God began to shift him in another direction, spoke to him, and placed a calling on his life to preach the Word. He began his studies at The Moody Bible Institute, Chicago, IL. Everett acquired many titles. After his completion of Seminary College, he became ordained, and received his license. He organized and was Pastor of the Union Baptist Church, in Robbins, IL., all while raising children, but having a very devoted, and understanding help meet, Marion. He went on to be the Founder of St. Mary Baptist Church, on the northside, Chicago. Everett was a man truly favored by God, and moved even further in the Ministry, by receiving his Bachelor of Theology Degree, from the Indiana Christian University, Indianapolis, IN., July of 1969. That same year, he was called to be the Pastor of St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church, here in Gary. He served as Pastor for nearly 37 years. Everett continued to trust in God, and was blessed to receive his First Doctorate of Divinity Degree, from GMORE International Theological Institute of America. His second Honorary Doctorate of Divinity, from McKinley Theological Seminary Inc., June of 1980. On March 14, 1982, he lost his faithful, devoted wife of 34 yrs., Marion, to bone cancer. His heart ached, but God kept him strong. He later married Mis JoAnn Franklin Johnson. To this union, one son born, Lehman. (JoAnn, preceded Everett in death passing away in 2016). Everett wore many many hats. He was the Dean of the Northern Indiana Missionary Baptist Educational District Association. Not long after, he served as President of the same organization. He was President of the Baptist Minister's Conference of Gary, and Vicinity. Director of Foreign Missions of The Original General Missionary State Convention of Indiana Inc. He was the Mediator Counselor for the City Court of Gary, and Judge Deidre L. Monroe. Lastly, he was chosen, by the Heritage Registry of "Who's Who", and received The Proclamation of Excellence Award. Dr. Gray was one of many siblings! He had five brothers: Oliver, Cleaster, Jessie, Samuel, and RJ., all preceding him in death. Eight sisters, three who has preceded him in death: Carrie (Cicero) Jenkins, Hattie (Clarence) Brownlow, and Mary Strong. One daughter, Gladys Gray, his oldest girl, also preceded him in death. He leaves to Cherish His Loving Memory, Six children: James (Janet) Gray, of Crown Pt., IN, Carolyn (Ronnie) Taylor of Gary, IN; Augustine (Arnold) Larry, of Detroit, MI; August (Yvonne) Gray of Los Angeles, CA; Annette (Lamont) Baynes of Graham, NC; and Lehman Gray of Harvey, IL; 21 grandchildren, 45 great grandchildren, and 8 great great grandchildren, 5 sisters Olivia (John) Baker, Geneva (Cecil) Calvert both of Chicago, IL; Beatrice Hobbs, of Compton, CA; Rubertha Ford of Carson, CA; and Gertrude Gray of Torrance, CA; his family at the Gary Manor Apts., and a host of nephews, nieces, and many many friends. Visitation Wednesday, May 9, 2018 from 9 to 11:00am with funeral services to follow at 11:00am all services at the Jerusalem M.B. Church, 1741 Fillmore St. Rev. I. Culver Jr., Officiating. Interment at Evergreen Cemetery.

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Published in Post-Tribune on May 6, 2018.
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June 7, 2018
Rest In peace grandpa Gray
May 31, 2018
Just found out about my grandfather's passing. Although I didn't spend much time with him throughout my life, on the few occasions I did, he had much wisdom and knowledge that he shared with me.

Rest in peace.
Christopher Gray
May 29, 2018
God bless you grandpa Gray....
Shirley Lee
May 10, 2018
Tamilla "Tammi" Calloway
May 7, 2018
Please keep our families in your prayers we I learned that my grandfather Reverend Everette Gray earned his wings on April 30, 2018, at Methodist Hospital in Gary, Indiana. Reverend Gray went to heaven to be with our almighty God & healer Jehovah Rapha.

In loving memory of my grandfather Reverend Everette Gray a well known entrepreneur and senior pastor of St. Paul Baptist Church in Gary, Indiana. Our grandfather was an inspiring legend in our families and showed us a family oriented lifestyle of prayer, business ownership and wisdom in action his personality was incredibly enlightening and faithful.
Today, we have hundreds of cousins, aunts and uncles in Facebook related to Reverend Everette Gray of whom retired after our families started their own families. I praise God that our grandfather always communicated with our families and earnestly arranged family reunions in hopes of keeping us altogether in the name of Jesus Christ. Reverend Everette Gray was always in the background working in favor for his families as well as people in different communities and across The United States of America his stewardship was unforgettable. I live in Washington State when I was involved in a non-fault auto accident my grandfather managed to track me down at Harborview Medical Hospital in Seattle Washington by connecting with other family members in-turn spoke with the surgeon's co-workers and prayed with me in the hospital over the telephone. I experienced a sense of VIP and I knew that my grandfather was confidentially important most of all as it was evident that he served the most high God. We will never forget our grandfather's tremendous devotion and employment as a senior pastor in Indiana State as well as family restorer we love you dearly grandpa Gray rest in peace.
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Suzette Mason-Ortiz
May 8, 2018
I can still hear his magnificent baritone voice, captivating the entire congregation at St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church during altar call: "O God our help in ages past, our hope for years to come; our shelter from the stormy blast, O our eternal home." And at some point near the end of a sermon, we were sometimes blessed with his singing: "In times like these, we need an anchor." Indeed, in times like these, we still need our Rev. Gray - a true servant of Jesus Christ, Our Light, Joy and Hope. I shall miss my mentor and friend dearly, as much for his powerful solemnity as for his outrageous sense of humor. His light was bright and, did not our hearts burn when he spake, and opened up the scriptures to us? Rest in peace, dear Man of God.
Dr. Carlton Long
May 7, 2018
I know I learn a lot talking to him. We laughed and even very serious talks. Shared books we read. Shared the gospel. Lived life. Such an inspiration. Heaven a reservation made for prepared people and he was one. See you in glory. Much love to family especially my sister in Christ Carolyn and husband Ron. Continue the good fight for we too have a reservation. Be blessed. Pastor Stephanie and Pastor Emmett Willis.
May 7, 2018
I extend my condolences and prayers to the family. So many memories of him and the legacy that he left behind. Humorous he was and full of wisdom. Longevity of life God blessed him. He is resting now, he has finished his course. Just remember we will see him again.
Frances Bridges Resto
May 7, 2018
To the family of Dr Everett R Gray
Words cannot express our sincere condolences of the passing of Dr Gray.
While presiding at St Paul Missionary Baptist Church. He was full of life, love,humor and embrace everyone that he met. And to those who never gotten the opportunity to have meet him well, you missed a real treat a down to earth Man of God. The wisdom God bestowed on this Man. Just real
In the beginners class as we talked the next thing that he said was. `` That I am human and I have made some mistakes. Let me say that again. Dr. Gray said that I am human I have made some mistakes.
No one is perfect. NO One and everyone has religion but , an ounce of salvation. As he would say take inventory of your life ! There will NEVER be another
Dr Everett R Gray And the song I / we loved to hear him sing was. BECAUSE HE LIVES I CAN FACE TOMMORROW

To the Family continue to Embrace, Laugh, Live, Love, Preach as your Father has. MarySmith and Family Gary Ind.
Mary Smith
May 6, 2018
What a life well lived! He surely was a good stewart of the amazing life God gave to him. Dear family keep all of the precious memories of your loved one close to your hearts. Rest well Dr. Gray.
The Scott Family
May 6, 2018
May the God of all comfort strengthen the family during this time of deep sorrow. Those who pass on, God keeps in his memory because they are precious in his eyes. My sincerest condolences. (Psalms 116:15
Ann B.
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