He was called into service in October 1941 and began his service with the USAF at Hickam Field, Hawaii. He was at Hickam Field when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for meritorious achievement in ground operations against the enemy and ended his overseas service on Tinian Island and was there when the Enola Gay took off to bomb Japan. He retired from the USAF Reserve as a Lt. Colonel on October 24, 1977. He began his career with the Real Estate Investment Department of The Travelers Insurance Company in Orlando, Florida in 1946 serving in Portland, Oregon and Atlanta, Georgia.
Two sisters predeceased him, Irene Dowding of Palmyra, Nebraska and Doris Cunningham of Lincoln, Nebraska. He is survived by his wife, Margaret Anne Beasley Gray, his three children: David Hall Gray and wife Deborah Dever, his daughter Anne Beasley Gray McHugh and husband Robert Christopher McHugh, and his son Russell Anderson Gray and wife Genie Ison. Seven grandchildren survive him: Elizabeth Marshall Gray Constantine and husband Walter Constantine, Alice Beasley Gray, Deborah Hayden Gray, Robert Christopher McHugh, Jr., Margaret Anne McHugh, Abigail Gray McHugh, and Isabella Anne Gray.
He was a member of Trinity Presbyterian Church, Cherokee Town and Country Club, Pearl Harbor Survivors Association, American Institute of Real Estate Appraisers, and Sons of the American Revolution. The family extends special thanks to the medical staff of Piedmont Healthcare and The Jewish Home for their loving and professional care.
A memorial service is scheduled for Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at 2 o'clock at Trinity Presbyterian Church. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in memory of Mr. Gray to Trinity Presbyterian Church, 3003 Howell Mill Rd., NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30327, or The William Breman Jewish Home, 3150 Howell Mill Rd., NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30327. Online condolences may be made at www.hmpattersonspringhill.com.