David Oliver Gray
September 19, 1945 to May 4, 2021
David Oliver Gray went to be with the Lord on May 4, 2021.
He died peacefully in his home at the age of 75, with his wife by his side in Newalla, Oklahoma.
He was born September 19, 1945 in Atoka, Oklahoma. The son of Carl Oliver Gray and Mildred Hankins Gray. Preceded in death by his parents and sister Jeannette Raines. David Gray graduated from Capitol Hill High School In 1964 and went on to serve in the US Navy in the Vietnam War. He received the Academic Award at the Naval Training Center. He later was awarded the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal and the National Defense Service Medal. After returning from his Military Service, David started his career at GE and retired as Manager of BTI. He served as a Post Commander at the Little Axe American Legion Post 274. He also served as Board Member & President of the Little Axe School Board for 24 years. As well as, a member of the Little Axe Chamber of Commerce.
David served the Lord Faithfully at Hilltop Baptist Church as a Trustee and Parliamentarian.
Survived by the Love of His Life Vickie Goddard Gray. “Aka” Ethel, which he nicknamed her from the song “Don’t Look Ethel”. They were happily married for 54 years. Also survived by his son Luke Oliver Gray, daughter in law Brenna Kay Gray and two grandsons Chance Oliver Gray and Ty Gaige Gray.
Sisters In law- Karen Sibley and her husband Hobie, Darla Blackwell and her husband Claude.
Nieces Kari Anderson-Diershaw and Tricia Lowman.
Nephews Scott Childers, Kent Blackwell, Jeremy Blackwell, Terry Adams, Cory Goddard
Also survived by many Great Nieces, nephews’, cousins’ and friends.
David was a great mentor to many that needed a nudge to get back on the right path.
Everyone who crossed his path walked away all the better for having done so. To David, strangers were friends, friends were family and his family was everything. David loved being outdoors whether it was hunting, fishing, raising cattle, riding horses or teaching the kids target practice.
There are NO words to describe David's wit and humor, fast on the draw, and he often left you speechless. He always had a story to tell and wisdom to give even if you weren’t looking for it.
He will be Greatly missed by all that had the pleasure to know him.
The Family offers a special thanks to the VA nurses and doctors for all the excellent care.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to:
Little Axe American Legion
2020 156th Ave NE
Norman, OK 73026
Contributions can also be made in David's name to:
Hilltop Baptist Church
11710 E. Stella Rd.
Norman, OK 73026
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