June 21st, 2018



March 16, 1929 – August 9, 2013

U.S. Veteran

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Obituaries » HENRY L. GRAY

GRAY, HENRY L., 84, of Dunn, N.C., and formerly of Barre City, passed away August 9 at the Betsy Johnson Hospital in Dunn. Born in Barre on March 16, 1929, he was the son of the late E. Percy and Olivia (Caccivio) Gray. Henry attended schools in Barre and East Barre and was a 1946 graduate of Plainfield High School. After his schooling he moved to Arizona where he was employed at the El Tovar Hotel and Grand Canyon from 1946 until 1948. He served his country in the U.S. Navy from 1949 to 1953; he went to the Aviation Electronics School in Millington, Tenn., from 1949 to 1950; Missile Test Base Pont Mugu, Calif., from 1950 to 1952. He was owner/operator of the TV and Appliance Store in Barre in the mid 1960s. He was employed by VT Television, Sprague Electric, Ormsby’s and the U.S. Postal Service. Henry was a Barre Town selectman from 1991 to 1997 and Vermont state representative from 1994 to 2004. Henry retired from the House of Representatives in 2004, where he was honored by Gov. James Douglas. On March 11, 1950, he married Reba Penter in Millington, Tenn. The couple moved to South Barre. They later separated. On June 4, 1970, he married Viola Copeland in the Hedding United Methodist Church in Barre. After their marriage they made their home in Barre Town until 2004, when they moved to Barre City. Among his interests were playing horseshoes, antiquing, estate sales, refinishing furniture, but most of all he enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. He was a member of the Barre American Legion Post 10, Canadian Club of Barre, Moose Lodge and the Barre Lodge of Elks 1535. Survivors include three daughters, Teresa Lusk and husband, Jim, Cheryl Gray, Kelly Welborn and husband, Leo, all of Hendersonville, Tenn.; one son, Larry Gray, and wife, Beverly, of Warrenton, Va.; two stepdaughters, Diane Paulger and Donna Copeland, both of Barre; three stepsons, Lynn Copeland and his wife, Darlene, of Plainfield, John Copeland and his wife, Sue, of East Montpelier, and David Copeland and his wife, Marilyn, of Newfane; 26 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by two brothers, Charlie Gray and wife, Brenda, of Lillington, N.C., and Ernie Gray and wife, Beverly, of Plainfield, Vt.; two sisters, Celia Winters, of Plainfield, and Gloria Mitchell, of Montpelier; as well as many nieces, nephews; and special friends Shelah and Mike Ogletree and family, of Dunn, N.C. He was predeceased by his wife, Viola Gray; two children, Joe Gray and Cynthia Buchanan; and one brother, Billy Gray.

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