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July 16, 1939 ~ January 4, 2019 (age 79)
Obituary & Services
Henry Eugene Gray, born July 16, 1939 in Sunbury, NC to the late John and Bernice Gray, passed away January 04, 2019.
Carrying his love and spirit onward are his loving wife Alta Gray, daughters Rhonda Gray with her intended Michael Finch, Gina Smith with her husband Pat Smith, four granddaughters Emma Flynn with her husband Matthew Flynn, Abby Caldwell with Kyle Miller, Hannah Selders with Nicholas Acosta, and Olivia Selders.
A loving and committed husband, father, grandfather, and friend, Eugene Gray brought his playful spirit and contagious laughter to every occasion.
Eugene’s trust and faith in the Lord influenced how he lived every second of his life. A friend to all, he never met a stranger, a true southern gentleman he saw the good in everyone, a deep thinker he knew how to be strong but gentle. He committed his life to his community, friends, and family. Through his service as a Mason, Shriner, and the Chief of Longwood’s Citizen’s on Patrol, his attention to detail and giving heart touched many.
Eugene has been holding the love of his life, Alta’s hand from the time they met. Beginning first grade together, Alta and Eugene we’re high school sweethearts, married in 1959 and have been by each other’s side ever since.
He leaves his all encompassing love and sense of joy with all of us.
“We cannot always know what effect a person’s goodness has on the world, but we always know what effect it has had on us, and this is the memory we hold in our hearts forever.”
The family will receive friends on Friday, January 11, 2019 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Collison Family Funeral Home. Funeral Services will be held in the chapel of Collison Family Funeral Home on Saturday, January 12, 2019 at 2:00 PM. Internment will be held at Glen Haven Memorial Park.