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Rolland Keith Gray, 88, of Alexandria, passed away April 5, 2017, at Bethany Pointe Health Campus.
Keith was born Nov. 15, 1928, in Anderson, to Clifford O. and Edna A. (Wilson) Gray, the middle child of three children. He graduated from Anderson High School in 1947.
He entered the service as an Army Medic in 1950 and served in Korea. He was honorably discharged in 1952 and began attending Anderson College. He graduated in 1957 with a degree in biology.
While attending Anderson College and South Meridian Church of God, he met and eventually married (July 10, 1952) Juanita Braswell, who was finishing her classes in elementary education at Anderson College. They made their home in Alexandria where they faithfully attended the Alexandria Church of God. Keith gained employment at the Alexandria Junior High as an industrial arts teacher in the fall of 1960. By 1962, Keith and Juanita had four children. He continued his education and earned a master's degree in education from Ball State University in 1965.
All four children survive: son, Stephen K. (Connie) Gray; daughter, D'Ellen J. (Carlos) Parter; daughter, Sharon E. (Wayne) Priest; and son, Michael N. (Kathy) Gray. He is also survived by 12 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Keith was preceded in death by his loving spouse, Juanita Braswell Gray; and his two brothers and sisters-in-law, Robert Lewis (Barbara) Gray and Myron Eugene "Dean" (Mary) Gray.
Keith received wonderful care from the staff at Bethany Pointe during the last days of his life for which his family is extremely grateful.
Services honoring Keith's faith and life legacy will take place at 11 a.m. Monday at the Alexandria Church of God, 302 N. West St., Alexandria. The Rev. Tom Malbone will officiate. Interment with military honors will follow in Park View Cemetery in Alexandria.
Friends may call at the Owens Funeral Home in Alexandria on Sunday from 4 to 7 p.m. or at the church after 10 a.m. on Monday prior to the service.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the Alexandria Church of God through the funeral home.
Online guestbook: www.owensmemorialservices.com.
Published on April 6, 2017
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