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John H. GrayJohn Howard Gray, age 91, formerly of Marion, died at 6:15 a.m. Saturday, May 26th, 2001, at Pinecrest Nursing Home in Mt. Morris, Illinois. Private burial was in East Lawn Memorial Gardens in Energy, Illinois. Memorials for Mr. Gray may be sent to: Pinecrest Manor, Wing 4, 414 South Wesley Avenue, Mt. Morris, IL, 61054. Mr. Gray was born February 10, 1910 in Simpson, IL, the son of William E. & Lula P. (Whiteside) Gray. They preceded him in death. He married Dorothy Hazel Chamness on July 13, 1931. They were married 69 years. John taught school for 7 years. He retired in 1973 after 32 years at the Texaco Company in Lockport, Illinois. John & Dorothy spent 28 years in Naples, Florida. She died November 3, 2000. John returned to Mt. Morris, IL to Pinecrest Manor in November, 2000. Johns survivors include one son and daughter-in-law, Edward R. & Ruth Ann Gray; one daughter and son-in-law, Shirley A. & Dennis L. Hoffmeister; four grandchildren, Kathy Gray-Abers, Brian E. Gray, Kimberly Beattie, and Dean Hoffmeister; three great-grandchildren, Courtney Cassens, MacKenzie Bettie, and Hanna Jo Abers; and four sisters-in-law, Ruby Gray, Leota Phemister, Golda Matthews and Evelyn Chamness. A memorial service for John H. & Dorothy H. Gray will be held on August 25, 2001 at 2:00 P.M. at the Third Baptist Church, 1102 E. Boulevard Street in Marion, Illinois.
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