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OBIT: Dr. Jack Gray, Jr.

Jack Gray, Jr., DVM, aged 90, a long-time Mission, Texas, resident and well-known Rio Grande Valley veterinarian, died Friday, Jan. 20, 2012, at his home in New Braunfels, Texas.

He is survived by his wife, Sharon Virden Gray; two daughters, Suzanne Gray of Houston and Jacqueline Gray Kizzia (Scott) of Centerville.  He is also survived by three sons, Bruce Gray, DVM, (Suzanne) of Mission, James Kent Gray, MD, (Jan) of Tyler, and David Gray of San Antonio; step-son, Justin Grubbs (Amy) of San Antonio; and step-daughter, Monica Grubbs Giuffre (Jason) of Friendswood.  Grandchildren include Jason Gray (Carrie) of Eagle River, Alaska, Paul Gray of Austin, Rebecca Gray of Dallas, Bethany Gray of Tyler, Von Gray, MD, (Allison) of San Antonio, Ryan Gray, MD, (Sarah) of Wichita Falls, Landon Gray of Glendale, California, Allen Jarzombek of Galveston, Brice Jarzombek of Centerville, Russell Kizzia and Kim Kizzia of Baltimore, Maryland,  Reagan Grubbs and Catherine Grubbs of San Antonio, and Aiden Giuffre and Will Giuffre of Friendswood.  Great-grandchildren include Linnea and Aven Gray of Eagle River, Alaska and Jackson Gray of Wichita Falls.

Jack was preceded in death by his parents, Jack Gray, Sr., and Velma Gray; his sister, Dorothy Gray; his brother, Bill Gray; and first wife, Verna Beaver Gray.

Jack was a graduate of Mission High School Class of 1939 and Texas A&M University Class of 1943.  He was a veteran of the United States Army Veterinary Corp stationed in San Francisco during World War II and Korean War.

He was a long-time member of the First United Methodist Church, Mission, and more recently a member of Bracken United Methodist Church, San Antonio.  He also belonged to the Kiwanis Club, and was a lifelong member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Texas and Rio Grande Valley Veterinary Associations, and served on the board of Mission Regional Medical Center in Mission, Texas for 25 years.  He belonged to the New Braunfels Men’s Garden Club, the New Braunfels Civil War Roundtable, and the Weekly Wise Men, a group of friends in Mission determined to solve city and world problems.

Dr. Gray had numerous interests.  He enjoyed traveling, sports, reading non-fiction books, studying financial markets, politics, tending his citrus and papaya trees, and teaching grandkids how to grow tomatoes, flip hotcakes, and make root-beer floats.  His family was the center of his life.

A memorial service was held Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012, at 2 p.m. at Bracken United Methodist Church, 20377 FM 2252, San Antonio, Texas, and a memorial service will be held at First United Methodist Church, 1101 Doherty, Mission, Texas, on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012 at 1 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hope Hospice, 611 North Walnut Ave, New Braunfels, TX  78130; First United Methodist Church of Mission; or a charity of your choice.

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