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Hondo Funeral Home, Inc.
Thursday June 6th, 2019
5:00pm - 7:00pm

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Friday June 7th, 2019

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Friday June 7th, 2019

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James Wilson Gray

On June 2, 2019, James Wilson Gray began paving the roads to heaven for the family and friends he left on earth. Born June 16, 1935 in Lytle, Texas to William McMurrian Gray and Gladys Velma McNeil Gray. "Jimbo" had a career of 45 years with Austin Bridge where he left his mark throughout the state of Texas and then retired. After a short break, he decided to go back to work closer to home with Dean Word Construction and dedicated another 12 years of service and commitment to our travel and safety before his final retirement. He prided himself on his ability to grow to the role of Superintendent in his career with only a high school education. 

On December 7, 1984 he married his beloved wife, Joyce, at their home in Hondo, Texas. They have had 34 wonderful years together, building a legacy of their joined family ties, strong memories, values and faith. They enjoyed traveling together, taking family vacations, celebrating occasions with friends, and even spending time at home with their dog Amigo.

He leaves behind his wife: Joyce A. Gray; his children: David (Linda) Gray and Linda Carol (Mark) Ayotte; and stepdaughters: Karen (Terry) Ryan and Kristy (Marvin) Ivy. In addition, he will be missed by his remaining sister: Mary Nell Hall, brother: Henry A. (Billie) Gray, and brother-in-law: William C. Bartley, as well as his 8 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren, multiple nieces and nephews, and many friends. 

James was known by many names: Jim, Jimmy, Jimbo, Dad, Daddy, Papa, pawpaw, papi, and more. No matter what he was called, he will be missed by all who knew him. "Jim" was well known for his knowledge, confidence and selflessness; his drive to do what is right and take care of his family and friends. He left an impact with everyone he met. Rest assured that he is at peace, hunting and fishing with his brother: William Preston Gray (as they did when they were children); and enjoying family time with those that predeceased him: his parents; his siblings: Gladys Pauline Howell, Willie Dee Bartley, and Mack Olen Gray; his stepson: Stephen Lutz; and his brothers-in-law: Howard Melvin Howell and Zane Bruce Hall.

To celebrate James' 83 years on earth, Hondo Funeral Home will host a visitation in their chapel on Thursday, June 6, 2019 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. In addition, a service will be held in the funeral home chapel on Friday, June 7, 2019 beginning at 10:00 am to be followed by a burial at Holy Cross Cemetery in D'Hanis.

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It was a true pleasure to have Jimbo bring his experience and dedication to bear on the projects he ran for us. He was a dedicated and capable man of integrity who always watched out for those that worked under his direction. He willingly shared his knowledge and experience of construction with all those around him. He was, a teacher. He taught a lot of Students, Roadbuilders, and Inspectors. I will miss his sence of humor.

Forrest R. Word Jun 6 2019 12:00 AM

Uncle Jimmy, you were an amazing man. You were so loved and you will be missed.

Kimberly Ward Jun 5 2019 12:00 AM

A Sweet Comfort Basket was ordered on June 5, 2019

Expression of Sympathy Jun 5 2019 12:00 AM

You will be missed by one and all here at Dean Word Company. You were a great employee and friend to so many of us. May God bless you and all your loved ones.

Pamela Howington Jun 4 2019 12:00 AM

This old goat wasnt just a valuable mentor to all of us but one of my dearest friends. If there was every an example of someones bark being worse than its bark, its Jimbo Grey. I retired from the Bridge Company after 51 years and every time I saw him it was always Hey Cat . I heard it so often that I still greet people that way. He was a real character. He and I had more than a few adventures, some I have related to others and some that only he and I will ever know about. Nothing sinister, just things that meant a lot to me. He always made you feel better when you left him than when you got there. Ill miss him more than youll ever know. You were lucky to be his kin. RE

Randall English Jun 4 2019 12:00 AM

A Lifting Light was sent on June 4, 2019

Barbara and Family: Jeff, Carmen, Brannon, Alicia & James, Hollie & S L, Brittany & Stetson. Love you Jim!

Expression of Sympathy Jun 4 2019 12:00 AM

Blessings to the family during this difficult time.

Lyne Jun 3 2019 12:00 AM

James "Jimbo" Gray was my Daddy for my 54 years of life. He was a tall, good looking man if I say so myself. He worked hard and expected the same from everyone. His word was "the Law" and you could always count on him. As a young woman I didn't always make great decisions, but he LOVED me, guided me and always shared his wisdom and advice. He took care of me so many times, and also my son Joe. I miss him. He was so blessed, well we both were when he married his beautiful wife Joyce Gray. God blessed us tremendously when he met her and then when they married. Blessed with additional family, two new sisters Karen and Kristy, and another brother Stephen our family grew.

Linda Carol Gray Ayotte Jun 3 2019 12:00 AM

We are so sad for your loss. We will miss Jimmy so much.
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Nancy Einhorn Jun 3 2019 12:00 AM

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