Virgil Gray


November 14, 2016 - 12:00 AM

Virgil Lee Gray, 98, Yates Center, passed away Thursday evening, Nov. 10, 2016, at his home.
He was born Aug. 11, 1918, in Iola, the son of Albert and Anna (Weide) Gray.
As a child the family lived in Allen and Wilson counties but mostly in Woodson County.
On June 14, 1941, Virgil and Pauline Beal were married in Iola. They made their home with his parents in the Big Sandy neighborhood until 1944 when they moved to the current home in Yates Center, where they celebrated the birth of their only child, Gary Lee.
In his early years Virgil worked at various jobs and in the 1940s he purchased a truck and was an owner-operator of his trucking business. He later was an over-the-road trucker out of Wichita for several years. In the early 1960s he sold his trucks and semi-retired. He and Pauline spent a number of winters in south Texas. Virgil enjoyed investing and was talented at it.
His wife, Pauline, preceded him in death on Feb. 4, 2012, following more than 70 years of marriage.
He was also preceded by his parents; his daughter-in-law, Debbie Gray; three brothers, Dan, Clifford, and Harold Gray; and two sisters, Lois Humble and Helen Dixon.
He leaves his son, Gary Gray, Yates Center; three grandchildren, Travis Gray and wife Gerri, Iola, Corey Gray and wife Cari, Iola, and Justin Gray and wife Heather, El Dorado; five great-grandchildren, Trevor, Amber, Jordan, Logan, and Meadow; three great-great-grandchildren; other relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be at 2 o’clock this afternoon at Campbell Funeral Home in Yates Center. Burial will follow in Yates Center Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Harry Hynes Hospice in care of the funeral home.

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