David Carl Gray went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Friday, April 8, 2023, after a brief illness.
A Celebration of Carl’s Life will be 10:00 am Wednesday, April 12, 2023, from The Church at Shiloh with Rev. John Wells officiating. Visitation will be Tuesday, April 11, 2023, from 5:00pm until 7:00pm at Ott and Lee Funeral Home in Brandon and again on Wednesday at the church from 9:00am until 10:00am. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Pallbearers will be Dave Boyce, Keith Coghlan, Vincent Gray, David McKay, Justin Stroh, Cliff White, Devin Boydston, and Josh Odom. Jay Boydston will serve as honorary pallbearer.
Born October 17, 1959, in Rankin County to RC and Willie Mae Gray, Carl was a lifelong resident of Pelahatchie Ms. He was a member of The Church at Shiloh, formerly known as Shiloh Methodist Church, of which his ancestors were founding members. His lifelong love of Shiloh and his church family were well known to all those who knew and loved him. Carl was graduated with honors from East Rankin Academy and furthered his education at Hinds Junior College. He began his career working for the state of Mississippi, but soon realized he had another calling in life. A natural craftsman, he followed his passion of working with his hands into the field of construction, eventually joining the glazers union where he excelled and earned the title of Journeyman Glazer and served as acting President of the Mississippi chapter for one term. After his marriage to Francine Fields Gray in 2005, they began Perkins Metro Glass Company where he held the title of President until his death.
His is preceded in death by his parents RC and Willie Mae Gray, and his brother, Glenn Gray. He is survived by his loving wife, Francine, their son Joshua Odom (Rachel), his sisters Judy Gray White, Janet Gray Townsend (Eugene), and many nieces and nephews whom he loved as his own.
Known to many as a problem solver, storyteller, and always one to lend a helping hand, Carl is leaving a legacy in his community that will not soon be forgotten. In lieu of flowers, gifts can be made to a cancer charity of your choice.