of Marshall, AR
September 1, 1932 - March 12, 2020
Ellison Bruce Gray, age 87 of Marshall, Arkansas passed from this life on Thursday, March 12th, 2020 at his home. He was born in Searcy County, Arkansas on September 1st, 1932 to John M. Gray and Jane Griffin Gray.Bruce was of the Baptist faith and loved his Lord and Savior. He retired from Aermotor where he worked as a machinist. He was an avid gardener. His abundant produce and straight rows were a testament to his skills. He also enjoyed bird watching and listening to bluegrass music. Bruce loved and lived to fish. His quiet and strong presence will be greatly missed by those closest to him.Survivors include two sons, Darrell (Sherron) Gray of Conway and Rusty (Norma) Gray, also of Conway; six grandchildren, Amanda (Jason) Alley, Matthew (Pam) Gray, Stephanie (Chris) Chunn, April (Timmy) Garrett, Jonathan (Jessie) Gray and Stephen (Kessie) Gray; ten great-grandchildren, Elias, Gigi, Augustus, Magnolia, Ashtyn, Alexandre, Mykel, Embrilyce, Amadeus and Adiya; and one sister, Bobbie Shaw of St. Louis, MO. Bruce is preceded in death by his parents, John and Jane Gray; his wife, Mardell Hogue Gray who passed away in 2018; and siblings, Leda Treat, Argie Treat, Shirley Gray, Jewell Gray, Willie Gray and Rufus Gray.Funeral services for Bruce will be 1:00 PM Tuesday, March 17th, 2020 at Roller-Coffman Funeral Home in Marshall, Arkansas with Bro. Eddie Ragsdale officiating. Visitation will be 12:00 PM till 1:00 PM preceding the service. Burial will be in Canaan Cemetery where Bruce will be laid to rest beside his wife, Mardell. Friends and family will serve as bearers.
Mr Bruce was a very enjoyable man. I looked forward to seeing him each Sunday. He sat behind us a church and would always stop and shake hands with us and talk to our granddaughters. They liked him too. He asked me how much much I would take for them (they are 2 and 5). I told him a quarter and he just smiled. We will really miss seeing his smile every sunday. God bless your family.
Rusty and family Mark and I extend our deepest sympathies to you during this time. Prayers of comfort, wisdom, and strength are going up for you guys. Love to you Virginia Benton
He was one of the quietest and calm people that I've ever met. The world would be a much better place if there were more just like him. Prayers for all his family and friends.
Mike and I are very sorry for uncle Bruce's passing. We loved going to visit him every summer as kids. He was a very sweet, kind, and loving uncle. He will be greatly missed.
My prayers are with his boys and family. Bruce was such a special person.
Gary and I are so sorry to learn of the passing of Bruce He was a kind gentle soul that we admired and respected so much Our condolences to his family