- August 3, 1949 - November 15, 2012
- Austintown, Texas
of Jefferson's Passing
- In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Austin Rotary Club Foundation, 301 East 8th Street, Austin, TX 78701 or Hospice Austin Christopher House, 4107 Spicewood Springs Road #100, Austin, TX 78759.
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“Dear Missy, I just read about Jeff's passing in the CLH newsletter and I wanted to send my condolences. We were out of town at the time but know we...Read More »
1 of 18 | Posted by: Suzanne Lewis - Austin, TX
I just found out that you lost your soul-mate last week. I am so sorry.
Know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. May God grant you...Read More »
2 of 18 | Posted by: Eileen Rosipal - Austin, TX
As so many, many have and will tell you , I adored Jeff. Of course, he will be so missed.
He was the bravest, funniest, dearest man I may...Read More »
3 of 18 | Posted by: Ann Pittman Morrison - Kemah, TX
“Missy, Scott, Alyssa, M.E. and family...
I am sorry for your loss. I am so glad Jeff came to Austin and to Austin High. He instantly made friends...Read More »
4 of 18 | Posted by: Lynn Pugh Remadna - Austin, TX
“My thoughts and prayers are with you and yours.
5 of 18 | Posted by: Caroline Lee - Wichita Falls, TX
“Missy and family,
Please accept my sincerest condolences. Jeff was such a good guy.
Caroline Duncan Bradshaw
6 of 18 | Posted by: Caroline Duncan Bradshaw - burnet, TX
“Dear Missy, Lissa, and Scott:
I have been thinking of you since I read of Jeff's passing. I have lived many years and known many families and...Read More »
7 of 18 | Posted by: Lisa Waller Rogers - Austin, TX
“Missy and family - I am saddened to learn of Jeff's passing. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
We worked closely together as he served in...Read More »
8 of 18 | Posted by: Danny Ingram - Austin, TX
“Missy and family -
We are so saddened to learn of Jeff's passing, and yet so thankful that we had the opportunity to spend time with him through...Read More »
9 of 18 | Posted by: Liz and Sam Stathakis
“Missy, I just heard about Jeff's passing and wanted you to know that some of us "old" camp people are thinking of you both. You were one of camps...Read More »
10 of 18 | Posted by: Sally Graham Peterson - luffton, SC
“Missy, M. E. , Scott and Lissa:
Missy...remember your answer when I told you that I wanted to ask Jeff how I would know he found Emily in heaven? As...Read More »
11 of 18 | Posted by: Roxan Coffman - Austin, TX
“Dear Missy and Gray Family Members,
I was saddened to learn of Jeff’s passing in the paper today. But when I read about all of the good...Read More »
12 of 18 | Posted by: August Petersen - Austin, TX
“My heart goes out to your friends and family. Love and Light to your family during this trying time. Stay Strong!
Abby & Brandon Poole
13 of 18 | Posted by: Abby Brown - Fort Collins, CO
“Missy and Gray Family:
Learned of Jeff's passing this morning and may God Bless your family now and as time heals your grief. Remember Jeff coming...Read More »
14 of 18 | Posted by: Jim Geary - Jackson, MS - Friend
I'm so sorry to hear about Jeff - you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
with deepest sympathy and sincerest regards
...Read More »
15 of 18 | Posted by: Kimberly Cox Mueller - McQueeney, TX
I can't tell you how sad we are to hear about Jeff! He was always one of the most fun, kind and all around great guys!
Our thoughts...Read More »
16 of 18 | Posted by: Sharon Ammann - Seguin, TX
“Jeff, it was an honor growing up under you and among your family. You ran a fun ship...each memory I recall puts a smile on my face. You will forever...Read More »
17 of 18 | Posted by: Travis Stein - Dallas, TX
You'll be missed. As I told Scott, I always looked at you two as the best example among our set of what a father-son relationship should be...Read More »
18 of 18 | Posted by: Edward Gray - Austin, TX - friend
Jefferson Scott Gray of Austin, Texas passed away on November 15, 2012 from complications of a 22 year journey with Multiple Sclerosis.
Jeff was born on August 3, 1949 in St. Louis, Missouri to Mary Virginia (Thweatt) and John Herbert Gray and grew up in Wichita Falls, Texas. His family moved to Austin in 1965 and he graduated from Austin High School in 1967. Jeff remained a "Loyal Forever" Maroon throughout his life. He served as President of the Football Booster Club and "The Voice of the Maroons" as announcer of House Park Football and Girls Basketball. Jeff was honored as Austin High's Distinguished Alumni in 2009.
Jeff spent thirteen childhood summers at Camp Longhorn in Burnet, Texas, where he will forever be remembered as "Fun Day Gray". The friendships formed there were lifelong, most especially the one with his wife of 39 years, Missy. Both he and Missy were honored with the Camp Longhorn Attawaytogo Alumni Award in 2005.
Jeff graduated from The University of Texas in 1972 where he was a member of Kappa Sigma Fraternity, serving as Grand Treasurer, and the Silver Spurs. After college he was employed for many years as a commercial loan officer with American Bank and First City Bank and as comptroller at CSI. The final sixteen years of his career were spent as Executive Vice President of the Texas Chemical Council until retirement in 2006.
Jeff learned from his father's example the importance of community involvement and was a dedicated civic leader in Austin throughout his life. He served as Chairman of the Board of Camp Fire Boys and Girls, where he received the highest national volunteer award. He was Chairman of the Board of the Austin American Cancer Society and was active on the building committee at St. Austin Catholic Church. He was a member of the Downtown Austin Rotary Club where he served on the Board of Directors, as well as Foundation Chair, and Scholarship Committee Chair. He was especially proud of his thirty two years of perfect attendance at Rotary.
Jeff was preceded in death by his parents, Tweet and John Gray, father-in-law Dr. Robert McCrary, brother-in-law Donald McCrary and niece Courtney McCrary. He is survived by his wife, Mary Elizabeth "Missy" McCrary Gray, their children and spouses, Lissa Anderson, Michael Anderson, Scott Gray and Lynelle Keil-Gray of Austin, Texas, Mary Elizabeth Gray of Denver, Colorado, and grandchildren Gray Anderson, George Anderson and Piper Gray of Austin, Texas. He is also survived by his mother-in-law Mary Elizabeth "Deets" McCrary of Hot Springs, Arkansas, brother John Gray and wife Sandy and sister Gale Gray of Austin, Texas, and brothers-in law Dr. Rob McCrary and wife Stella of Hot Springs, Arkansas, Dr. Bryant McCrary and wife Margaret of Gulfport, Mississippi, Tom McCrary and wife Valerie of Dallas, Texas and Michael McCrary of Hot Springs, Arkansas. He is also survived by twenty three nieces and nephews and four cousins.
He was a genuinely kind, gentle, and selfless soul. He instilled in his children his strong morals, compassionate warmth, and love of family. He could always put a smile on your face with one of his MANY jokes or with his favorite: "That's what I'm talkin' about!"
Serving as pallbearers are lifelong friends Ken Hines, Jimmy Holland, Terry Parker, Jim Scott, Monty Scott, Tudey Teten, Rex Thornton, Hale Umstattd and Rob Westerkom.
The family would like to express their appreciation and thanks to caregivers David Patterson, Jonathan Mann and Kevin Minark.
Visitation will be held from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 18, 2012 at Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home. A celebration of Jeff's life will be held at St. Austin Catholic Church on Monday, November 19, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. with interment to follow at Austin Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Austin Rotary Club Foundation, 301 East 8th Street, Austin, TX 78701 or Hospice Austin Christopher House, 4107 Spicewood Springs Road #100, Austin, TX 78759.