LOGAN, W.Va. — Joseph Marshall Gray, age 49, passed away at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Huntington, Sunday, September 18, 2011. He faded peacefully after a lingering battle with cancer.
Born May 14, 1962, in Logan, he was a son of Fredrick Zane and Carol Smith Gray.
Joe was a 1980 graduate of Logan High School. He attended West Virginia University and later earned a degree in computer programming and accounting from the University of Charleston. He graduated with honors while earning his Master’s Degree from Marshall University.
On November 28, 2003, Joe married Laura Leigh Mullins Gray at Mud Fork, where they resided with their beloved golden retriever, Csonka. He worked at Guyan Service Company where he served as Treasurer and CFO for his family’s business.
Joe was a member of the Rotary Club, a Shriner and a 32nd degree Scottish Rite Mason, Commander of the Logan Commandery, a member of the Aracoma Lodge No. 99 and the High Priest of Logan Chapter No. 41. He was a passionate supporter of academics and athletics at Logan High School and West Virginia University. He will always be remembered for his generosity, kindness, loyalty and contagious sense of humor. Joe’s Christian character and love of life will forever be branded on the hearts of all who knew him.
Survivors include his loving wife, Laura; parents, Zane and Carol Gray; brothers, Michael (Kit) Gray and Steven (Deborah) Gray; father and mother-in-law, Roger S. and Marlene Joy Ellis; sister-in-law, Marla Jo Deskins; nieces and nephews, Kelli Vance, Charity (Sam) Rossi, Christie Gray, Timothy (Beth) Gray, Jessica (Robbie) Adkins, Britneigh Marcum and Danielle Deskins. His grandnieces and grandnephews were Nicholas James Scites II, Zoe Janelle Marcum, Jordan, Jillian and Parker Vance, Gavin and Darnian Rossi, Austin and Karlee Gray, Erick Meadows and the late Brodie Joe Marcum. Joe was Godfather to three very loved children, Kaitlyn and Erin Stone and Luke Spurlock. A fondness was always in his heart for dear friend, Connie Adams.
Viewing will be held at the Verdunville Church of God on Thursday, September 22, from 5-6 p.m. for family and pallbearers and for friends from 6-9 p.m.
Services will be at the same location at 1 p.m. Friday, September 23, with internment at Highland Memorial Gardens immediately following the service. Rev. Bill McDonald will be conducting the funeral service assisted by Rev. Michael Hartwell.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Joe Gray Memorial Scholarship Fund at Logan Bank & Trust.
Pallbearers will be Mike Stone, Pete Spurlock, Scott Ellis, B.J. Eplin, Matthew Parsons, Tim Murphy, Mike Browning, Gary Sizemore, Teddy Murray, Scott Stone and Doug Comstock.
Condolence may be left at www.jamesfh.com
James Funeral Home of Aracoma is in charge of the arrangements.