John L. "Johnny" GRAY
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Veterans Funeral Care
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Clearwater, FL
GRAY, John "Johnny" L.

John "Johnny" L. Gray, 87, of Boca Raton, FL, funeral service is 11:00 AM, Thursday, May 29, 2014 at the South Florida National Cemetery, 6501 State Route 7, Lake Worth, FL 33449 with military honor being provided by the US Army Funeral Honor Guard. Please arrive at the cemetery between 10:30 AM and the service time. A native of West Palm Beach, FL, Johnny was born on December 11, 1926 and passed away at the Hospice by the Sea in Boca Raton on May 21, 2014. John was a "All State" Baseball, Basketball and Football player at West Palm Beach High School and a graduate of Rollin's College in Winter Park, FL and a US Army Veteran of World War II. He also was a professional major league baseball pitcher from 1954 till 1958 playing for the Yankees Athletics, Phillies and the Indians, winning a pennant ring in 1956. After his baseball career, he became a avid golfer, making 18 "Hole-In-Ones" as a long term Palm Beach County resident. Johnny is survived by his companion, Ida Desch and many, many loving friends. Please send all floral arrangements directly to the cemetery, prior to services. Veterans Funeral Care 727-524-9202

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Published by The Palm Beach Post from May 28 to May 29, 2014.
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Never met Johnny... but heartfelt prayers to his family from mine. From one Palm Beach County ex-ballplayer to another! God Bless Johnny... hope the fields up there are greener than green.
Doug Carpenter
May 30, 2014
I was lucky enough to have seen Johnny play with my hometown Indianapolis Indians
in 1956.

Later as an adult he honored my request for an autograph.

May God bless you and the Gray family.
Mike Dugan
May 29, 2014
I enjoyed playing golf with John. He was a great golfer and pitcher.

In sympathy,

Gene
Gene Callaway
May 28, 2014
Dear Ida and friends:
This is a sad day for me on the heels of Hal's death two years ago. They were roommates, avid golfers, confidents and much more. Hal and John had a special friendship that now continues as they are together again.
God bless,
Judy Gray
May 28, 2014
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