Paul Allen Gray, “Pap,” 103, died at Moore Regional Hospital in Pinehurst Tuesday, July 31, 2012.
Born Nov. 15, 1908 in rural Anson County to Wilburn Beecher Gray and Jessie Forte Gray, Gray attended schools in the county. During World War II, he was a member of the US Army 509th Heavy Maintenance Company Field Artillery stationed in Hawaii and the Philippine Islands. After the war, he spent several years as a service station owner and farmer before he began employment with the Anson County Health Department from which he retired. He was the manager and a key producer for many years with the Anson County Farmers Market.
Gray’s wife of 69 years, Marjorie Reynolds Gray, died in June 2011. He is survived by his sons, Paul Allen Gray Jr. of Wilmington, Beecher Reynolds (Sue) Gray of Durham and John Duncan Gray of Chapel Hill; his grandchildren, Matthew Justin (Nikiann) Gray of Raleigh, William Patrick Gray of Sanford, and Reynolds Olivia Gray of Raleigh; and a great-granddaughter, Carys Riley Gray of Raleigh.
A service to celebrate the life of Paul Gray will be 11 a.m. Aug. 11 at the First Baptist Church, 309 Lee Ave., Wadesboro.
Memorial gifts to the Marjorie Reynolds Gray nursing scholarship can be made to the UNC Chapel Hill School of Nursing, CB 7460, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7460.
The arrangements are in care of Leavitt Funeral Home.
Online condolences may be made at www.leavittfuneralhomewadesboro.com.