Dewey J. Gray

  • Born: August 31, 1938
  • Died: March 29, 2015
  • Location: Columbia, Tennessee

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320 West 7th Street
Columbia, TN 38401
Tel. (931) 388-4711

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Dewey Jackson Gray, age 76, passed from this earth to a wonderful place of rest on March 29, 2015. He is survived by Sylvia Hobbs Gray, his beloved wife of 52 years. They made their home in the Culleoka community.

Funeral services will be held Friday, April 3, at 11:00 A.M. at Graymere Church of Christ with John Vaughan, Wendell Robinson, and Andrew Phillips officiating. Burial will follow in Friendship Cemetery. The family will visit with friends from 4:00 to 8:00 PM on Thursday, April 2, at Oakes and Nichols Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to Missions at Graymere Church of Christ which may be sent to Jonathan Winchester, 1320 Trotwood Ave, Columbia, TN. 38401 or to the Culleoka Alumni Scholarship Association which may be sent to Judy Hickman, 3057 Culleoka Highway, Culleoka, TN. 38451. Condolences may be extended online at

Dewey loved the Lord and was an active member of Graymere Church of Christ. Through the years he had served as a Sunday school teacher, song leader and deacon. He served as a teacher of "young worship" at Concord Road Church of Christ in Brentwood for many years. He was especially talented in working with and inspiring children and young adults.

Dewey was a much loved father, grandfather and husband. He coached basketball, softball, and baseball and was a great motivator. He served as Scout Master of Troop #92 in Nashville and accompanied this troop on many trips, including one of his favorites to Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico. The scouts loved him and continue to tell many wonderful stories about him.

Dewey received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Tennessee Technological University and a M.S. from the University of Tennessee in Engineering Administration. He owned and operated Gray and Associates-Engineers LLC. His professional memberships include NFPA National Fire Protection Association, SBCCI Southern Building Code Congress International, ASHEA American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-conditioning Engineers. Dewey was a registered Professional Engineer in the states of Tennessee, Kentucky, Alabama, Florida, Missouri, North Carolina, South Carolina, Mississippi and Georgia. His expertise included instrument process and control, industrial power distribution, commercial and institutional power, pollution control, conveying systems and drive applications.

In addition to his wife, Dewey is survived by two children, Greg Gray (Kim) of Hendersonville, TN., and Gwen Ragan (Todd) of Dickson, TN. and five grandchildren—Wilson Mathis Ragan, Sara Elaine Ragan, Brinly Anna Gray, Sadie Grace Gray, and Bennett Thomas Ragan. Dewey loved his family and cherished time with them. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by two brothers—Euriel Lee Gray, and Doris Eugene Gray and a sister Willie Bea Derryberry and Princess, his beloved canine companion. He was the son of the late Basil Augustus Gray and Janie Ethlene Lynn Gray.

Active pallbearers will be Scotty Gray, Bobby Gray, Mark Gray, Andy Gray, Gary Gray, James Gray, Kevin Kizer, and Caleb Benefield,. Honorary pallbearers are Earl Price, Bob Gwaltney, John Hooker, John Chunn, Michael Stewart, Buddy Rogers, Ray Johnson, Charles Duval, Jim Allen and members of the Robinson-Wortman Sunday School class.


Condolence & Memory Journal

So sorry to hear of Dewey's death. Our prayers are with you, Sylvia and your family

Posted by Barbara Dial - Brentwood, TN   April 03, 2015


I have always considered myself fortunate that I was Dewey's
He loved God, his wife, children, & his grandchildren.
Due to illness we can't be there.... but you are in thoughts & prayers.

Posted by Virginia Gray Bedwell - Niece   April 03, 2015

I have wonderful fond memories of Dewey and I know he will be deeply missed by the family and all who knew him. My deepest sympathy and prayers are with you.

Posted by Kathryn Holder - Winchester, TN - friend   April 02, 2015

So sorry to hear of your loss. I did not know he was sick. Dewey and I had many great conversations over the years both personal and professional. I shall miss those conversations.
May GOD grant you peace and comfort thru this difficult time.

Posted by Charlie Fox - Nashville, TN - business aquaintenance   April 01, 2015

I can not express how sorry I am to hear of Dewey's passing. He was a good man and will be missed. My heart holds a special place for your family.If I can be of comfort in any way, please let me know. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. Diane

Posted by Diane Stone - Columbia, TN - Family Friend   April 01, 2015

I'm very sorry for your loss. I wish you and your family the best during these times. With the warmest of regards,

Nate Blommer and family

Posted by Nathan - Coal Valley, IL - Work with Greg Gray   April 01, 2015