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Originally published: 2012-08-20 11:37:56
Last modified: 2012-08-20 11:37:56

Arlard Aubry Gray

Arlard "Al" Aubry Gray, 87, of Newland, passed away on Monday, August 6, 2012, at Cannon Memorial Hospital.

He was born Thursday, August 6, 1925, a son of the late Samuel and Mildred Marshall Gray.

Gray was a member of the United States Navy and served during WWII.

He worked as a carpenter and enjoyed gardening, raising pumpkins, baseball cards, bird feeding, playing cards, fishing and loved watching baseball.

Along with his parents, Gray was preceded in death by his wife, Ola Mae Benfield Gray; four brothers; and one sister.

Gray has left to cherish his memory his daughter and son-in-law, Carol and Michael Hamby of Newland; granddaughters, Carrie Hamby and Michelle Hamby, both of Newland; special child in his life, Ashley Clark; son, Robert Gray of New Hampshire; daughter, Debbie Gray of New Hampshire; brothers, Chester Gray, Ervin Gray, Wilbur Gray, all of New Hampshire.

Funeral services for Gray were conducted 8 p.m. Thursday, August 9, 2012, at the Grandfather Chapel with the Rev. Barry Sheppard officiating. The family received friends 6 p.m. until the service hour. Interment was 11 a.m. Friday, August 10, 2012, in the Fork Mountain Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Blindness Foundation, 4600 Marriott Dr. Suite 340 Raleigh, N.C. 28612, or to the N.C. School for the Blind, 31 Ashe Avenue Raleigh, N.C. 27606

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Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home of Newland is serving the Gray family.

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