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Originally published: 2014-04-24 14:13:25
Last modified: 2014-04-24 14:13:25

Thomas Jefferson Gray

Thomas Jefferson Gray, 70, of Rainbow Trail Road, Boone, passed away Wednesday evening, April 23, 2014 , at home.  
Born Sept. 29, 1943, in Hazard, Ky., he was a son of the late Thomas Jefferson and Ethel Lee Johnson Gray.  
Tom was a member of Howard's Creek Baptist Church. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, and made the best of every situation, even through his sickness.  
He is survived by his wife, Mary Lou Gray; four children, Jamie Carvell, Annette Bailey and husband, Marion "Bug" Bailey, Thomas Jefferson Gray and wife, Amanda, and Robert Gray; 10 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; three stepchildren, Leann Uptain and husband, Less, Robert Cicman and wife, Jean, and Greg Sweet and wife, Angela; 10 stepgrandchildren; and two brothers, Robert Gray and wife, Beverly, and Charles Gray and wife, Lou, of Indiana.  
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one sister, Reba Silvers, and two brothers, Carl and Edward Gray.  
Memorial services for Mr. Thomas Gray will be conducted Saturday afternoon, April 26, 2014, at 3 p.m. at Howard's Creek Baptist Church. Officiating will be the Rev. Chris Reynolds, Robert Cicman and Robert Gray. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 2 p.m. until 3 p.m. at Howard's Creek Baptist Church.  
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Samaritan's Purse, Operation Christmas Child, P.O. Box 3000, Boone, NC 28607. Online condolences may be shared with the Gray family at
Austin & Barnes Funeral Home & Crematory is serving the Gray family.