Richard Gray

Richard Kent Gray, 73, passed away at his home in Calhoun City on January 20, 2021. Born February 4, 1947, in Adamsville, TN, he was the son of Joe Harding and  Loretta Duke Gray. He graduated from Central High School in Savannah, TN in 1964, and furthered his education at Mississippi State University, receiving his Bachelor’s Degree in Business and Industry in 1969. 

He retired after a long and successful career as an Industrial Engineer at Kellwood Company and Calhoun Apparel. In 1966, he married the former Pat Harvey. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Calhoun City. He loved to be outdoors either hunting, fishing, or playing golf. 

He was a charter member of Pine Hills Country Club in Derma, as well as Big Buck Hunting Club. He was an avid Mississippi State Bulldog fan, and member of the Bulldog Club. Above all, he enjoyed spending time with his family, and loved attending the sporting events of his children and grandchildren. He believed faith in God gives meaning and purpose to human life. His parents taught him to be accountable, responsible, and respectful of other people, and he greatly wanted his children to learn these principles of life. He was loved and highly respected by his community, and his memory will be cherished forever in their hearts.

He leaves behind his wife of 54 years, Pat Harvey Gray; daughter, Tracy Gray (Johnny) Park, Pontotoc; sons, Jeff (Paige) Gray, Calhoun City; Joel (Cathy Jo) Gray , Starkville, and Jared (Ashley) Gray, Pontotoc; sister, Joann Gray (David) Jackes, Helena, AL; grandchildren, Tyler (Jesslyn) Gray, Tanner (Candace) Rimmer, Joseph Gray, Sarah Victoria Philpot, Jude Gray, Patrick Gray, Ava Gray, Greta Gray, and his great-grandchildren, Cade and Beau Gray.  He was preceded in death by his parents, and brothers, Tony and David Gray. 

His graveside service was Saturday at Pinecrest Memorial Gardens in Calhoun City with Bro. Jeff Harmon officiating and with interment following. Pallbearers were his five grandsons, and his nephews, Mike and Preston Gray, and David Aldridge. 

Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, LeBonheur Children’s Hospital, and St. Joseph’s Indian School. 

Pryor Funeral Home has the honor in serving the Gray family. Expressions of sympathy may be left for the family at www.pryorfuneralhome.com