Lloyd B. Gray Sr., 81, of Jefferson Street, Byrnedale, died Friday, Nov. 11, 2011 at the DuBois Nursing Home after a lengthy illness.
He was born Sept. 11, 1930 in Sheffield, son of Lloyd Byron “Chizzy” Gray and Jane (Wilt) Gray, deceased. He was born in Sheffield, raised in Weedville, lived 23 years in Rhode Island and returned to Bennetts Valley in 1972.
A graduate of Bennetts Valley High School Class of 1950, he served in the U.S. Navy from 1952 to 1959 attaining the Rank of First Class Ship Fitter. He had visited 31 foreign Ports in his Navy career aboard the USS Bristol and the USS Yellowstone.
He worked in the local coal mines in his younger years and as a metal worker, fabricator and welder for most of his life. He was employed by CG Brunckow in Rhode Island for 15 years and retired from Quality Components of Daguscahonda in 1992 after 14 years. He was a member of the Bennetts Valley American Legion.
He is survived by one son, Lloyd B. and his wife Pam Gray Jr. of Byrnedale,; three grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; one brother, Paul R. and his wife Nadine Gray of Washington; and one sister, Connie Bellas of DuBois.
He was predeceased by his parents; two brothers, Orlin and Zane Gray; and four sisters, June Aiu, Ada Leasgang, Alice Roussell and Pearl Rezsutek.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m., Monday, Nov. 14, 2011 at the Ralph M. Geer Funeral Home, Penfield, with Pastor Luther Nelson, Jr. officiating.
Visitation will be Sunday, Nov. 13, 201l from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. and Monday, Nov. 14, 2011 from 10-11 a.m. at the funeral home.
Military honors will be accorded by the Bennetts Valley Legion Post 978 Burial Detail.
Interment will be at Mt. Zion Cemetery, Weedville.