Tribute: James Gray

James Gray, 86, departed this life September 11

James Gray, Campbell, Ohio - obit

CAMPBELL, Ohio – James Gray, 86, of Campbell, departed this life Sunday, September 11, 2016 at 11:03 a.m. at his residence.

He was born July 11, 1930 in Campbell, Ohio the son of Willie and Fannie Burton Gray.

Mr. Gray was employed with Youngstown State University Police Department from 1972-1996 (24 yrs.) as a Lieutenant, before retiring in 1996. He also served as a Sergeant with the Mahoning County Sheriff’s Department from 1966-1972 and was Owner/Operator of Gray’s Plastering from 1950-1966.

He was a member of Gospel Temple Baptist Church, where he was a Trustee. He also belonged to the NAACP, former President of the Young Men’s Welfare League and the 50/50 Role Model Club and was very active in politics and enjoyed mentoring young adults.

He married Frances “Frankie” Gray February 18, 1950, she died March 20, 2009.

He leaves to mourn two sons, Bruce Eric (Yvonne) Gray and Douglas T. (Charlotte) Gray Sr. both of Campbell; two grandchildren, Douglas T. (Kami) Gray II and Eric D. (Rayuana) Gray both of Campbell; three great grandchildren and a host of relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers and two sisters.

Funeral Services will be held Saturday, September 17, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at the Gospel Temple Baptist Church.

Calling Hours will be held one hour prior to service, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Burial will take place at Tod Homestead Cemetery.

Arrangements of comfort were handled by the Sterling-McCullough Williams Funeral Home.

A television tribute will air Friday, September 16 at the following approximate times:
6:41 a.m. WYTV, 8:41 a.m. MyYTV, 9:58 a.m. on FOX, 12:25 p.m. WKBN, 6:58 p.m. on MyYTV and 10:37 p.m. FOX.

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