The Charlotte Observer (Sunday) - - Obituaries -

CHAR­LOTTE — J. L. “Buck” Gray went to his eter­nal home on New Year’s day morn­ing, Jan­uary 1, 2019. Buck was born in Chowan County, North Carolina to the late Al­bert Lee Gray and Mil­dred Ches­son Gray. He was pre­ceded in death by his wife of 52 years, Libby Cooke Gray. Buck is sur­vived by his daugh­ter, Beth Gray, son Lee Gray, grand­sons, Wil­son and War­ren Gray, sis­ter, Jane Lay­den, and nu­mer­ous won­der­ful nieces and neph­ews.

Buck was a fam­ily man who gave thought to his wife, chil­dren, and grand­chil­dren in ev­ery­thing that he did. He re­ally liked his wife’s cook­ing, took spe­cial care to see that Beth ( his men­tally hand­i­capped daugh­ter) was taken care of, and spent time coach­ing and teach­ing his son Lee in var­i­ous sports grow­ing up. He was an hon­est and fair man who took his re­spon­si­bil­i­ties se­ri­ously.

Grow­ing up on a farm, Buck learned the mean­ing of hard work early in life. This would serve him well later when he served in the U. S. Army. In the Army he was a drill sergeant state­side, and served in Ger­many as a cryp­tog­ra­pher. Af­ter the mil­i­tary, Buck went to North Carolina State Univer­sity on the G. I. Bill. In 1957 he re­ceived his civil en­gi­neer­ing de­gree. As an en­gi­neer, he helped to de­sign part of I- 95 down in Ge­or­gia, and later used his en­gi­neer­ing knowl­edge in sales for Armco Steel and the Pow­ers Reg­u­la­tor Com­pany (which sold pneu­matic tube sys­tems). Buck fin­ished out the last half of his ca­reer work­ing as a fi­nan­cial plan­ner for what is now the Mass Mu­tual Fi­nan­cial Group.

Faith was very im­por­tant to Buck and he par­tic­i­pated in the life of Prov­i­dence Bap­tist Church con­sis­tently. Go­ing to church on Sun­days was a mat­ter of course for the en­tire fam­ily. At Prov­i­dence he served many years as a Sun­day School teacher and on the board of dea­cons.

Buck loved the out­doors. He had sev­eral out­door hob­bies such as hunt­ing grouse and quail with his bird dogs, and fly fish­ing for trout in the moun­tains of North Carolina and Vir­ginia. He also took a fly fish­ing trip to Colorado ev­ery Septem­ber for over 20 years. Buck was a mem­ber of the Wolfpack Club and loved at­tend­ing N.C. State sport­ing events such as foot­ball and bas­ket­ball. He held sea­son tick­ets to N.C. State home foot­ball games for over 50 years. Later in life, Buck and his wife Libby also trav­eled to places such as China, Rus­sia, Aus­tralia, New Zealand, France, Italy, and Eng­land.

The fam­ily would like to es­pe­cially thank Charles Wa­ters and Ge­orge Wal­ters for their friend­ship and par­tic­u­lar care for Buck in the last few years of his life with­out Libby; and also that one last per­fect day at the moun­tains. The fam­ily would also like to thank many of the kind nurses and staff at the As­bury Care Cen­ter in Alder­s­gate.

A memo­rial ser­vice to re­mem­ber and cel­e­brate Buck Gray’s life will be held at Prov­i­dence Bap­tist Church on Mon­day, Jan­uary 7, 2019 at 11: 00 AM.

In lieu of f low­ers the fam­ily re­quests that do­na­tions be made to Prov­i­dence Bap­tist Church, 4921 Ran­dolph Road, Char­lotte, NC 28211 and des­ig­nated to one of the fol­low­ing ar­eas - The Be­reave­ment Min­istry, the Libby Gray Memo­rial Li­brary, or the Spe­cial Ed­u­ca­tion Adult Sun­day School Class.

Ar­range­ments are in the care of Ken­neth Poe Fu­neral & Cre­ma­tion Ser­vice, 1321 Berke­ley Ave., Char­lotte, NC 28204; (704) 641-7606. On­line con­do­lences can be shared at www. ken­neth­poe­ser­vices. com.

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