CROSSETT — Clyde Edward Gray, 85, passed away peacefully at his home in Crossett, Ark. on Monday, January 20, 2014. He was born June 1, 1928 to Joseph and Bertha Gray of Pine Bluff, Ark., and was the youngest of four children.
After graduating from Pine Bluff High School in 1946, Clyde served in the military with the U.S. Marine Corps at Camp Pendleton, Calif. In 1950 he married Johnnye Lake, also of Pine Bluff, and re-enlisted with the U.S. Army’s 4th Infantry Artillery Division.
After a tour of duty in occupied Germany, he completed his military career in 1964 at Ft. Benning, Ga. at the rank of master sergeant before returning home to Arkansas to continue raising his family. Clyde concluded a U.S. Postal Service career in 1983 as a postal carrier and was well respected by many of those he befriended on his walking routes. He was also known in the community for his cabinet making and carpentry skills and was actively involved in the community volunteering much of his time with The First United Methodist Church of Pine Bluff and the Little League Baseball organization.
Clyde is survived by his wife, Johnnye; four sons and their wives, Glenn (Reba) Gray, Brian (Mimi) Gray, Charles (Susan) Gray, and Robert (Laura) Gray; eight grandchildren, Ashley Gray, Mark Gray, Jodie Gray, Casey Gray, Madison Gray, Parker Gray, Patrick Gray, and Amanda Gray; and a sister, Edna May (Skippy) Ursery. Clyde was preceded in death by his parents; a brother Joseph W. Gray; and a sister, Mildred Reno.
Funeral services will be held graveside at Graceland Cemetery in Pine Bluff on Wednesday, January 22, 2014, at 1:00 p.m., with Dr. Russell Moore of First United Methodist Church of Crossett, Ark. officiating. The family will receive friends at Robinson’s from 11:30 a.m to 12:30 p.m., prior to the serice. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Crossett, the First United Methodist Church of Pine Bluff, or Hospice Home Care of Arkansas (Monticello). Online register: ralphrobinsonandson.com.