May 14, 58,
Donald Milton Gray passed away suddenly on Thursday, May 14, 2020 as he was beginning his day on the family farm.
Donald was born in Wayne County on July 13, 1961 to Roland M. (Bud) Gray and Joanne Edwards Gray of LaGrange. A lifelong farmer and trusted friend and neighbor of the New Hope Community, Donald would work from sun up to sun down, demonstrating a strong work ethic. Many of Donald’s happiest times were spent atop one of his tractors on the family farm.
For over 42 years, Donald served as a firefighter with the New Hope Fire Department and as their chief for 10 of those years. Serving his community was a family tradition and was an important part of Donald’s life. Donald also enjoyed riding his Harley. Most importantly to Donald was his family. Donald worked so hard to make sure his wife and children were well taken care of. Donald was the best Poppy who will be truly missed.
Donald will lie in state at New Hope Fire Department on Sunday, May 17, 2020 from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. for family and friends. A private service for the family will be held on Monday, May 18, 2020 at Park East Church of God with Pastor Wesley Jarman and Pastor Michael Hamm officiating. A graveside service will be held on the family farm on Monday at 2:30 p.m. where fireman honors will be rendered.
In addition to his parents, Donald is survived by his wife of 38 years, Sam Gray; son, Jason Gray; daughter, Jessica Gray Gurley and husband Chad; grandchildren, Reagan Hope Gurley and William Gray Gurley; brother and sister-in-law, Dwight and Sherry Gray; and nephews, Jonathon and Jacob Gray. He is also survived by his uncle and aunt, Kim and Rhonda Gray; mother-in-law, Jeanette Smith; sister-in-law, Cathy Smith; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Michael and Amy Smith; and several nieces, nephews and cousins he loved very much.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials in Donald’s memory be given to New Hope Fire Department, 583 Mark Edwards Road, LaGrange, NC 28551 or to Park East Church of God, 3913 McLain Street, Goldsboro, NC 27534.
“Let the farmer forevermore be honored in his calling; for they who labor in the earth are the chosen people of God.” Thomas Jefferson
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.seymourfuneralhome.com.