Arthur “Duane” Gray of St. James, Missouri was born August 6, 1950 in Waynesville, Missouri to Arthur Ausburn “Lefty” and Marjorie Janiece McGath Gray and passed away Monday, September 7, 2020 at the age of 70 years.
He married Deborah Louise Wallace on December 20, 1969 at the First Assembly of God Church in St. James, Missouri.
Duane grew up in Cuba, Missouri where his father managed Dr. Mosby’s 1000 acre farm. He attended two one room schools, Vine Hill and Pleasant Ridge. In his fourth grade year he was one of the first to attend the Cuba Elementary.
Duane’s fondest childhood memory is one of growing up on the farm and riding his favorite horse, “Huckleberry” which was an Appaloosa stallion.
He graduated from Cuba High School in 1968. While in high school, Duane enjoyed attending the weekly youth group meetings at the First Assembly of God Church in St. James, Missouri where he met Deborah.
In 1970 he attended United Electronics Institute in Louisville, Kentucky and became an electronics technician. He was offered a job at Schwitzer before he completed his schooling for electronics technician. He was employed with this company for 22 years as a press operator and a receiving lay-out inspector.
He drove a school bus for Rolla Public Schools for the next 10 years which inspired a collection of “Hot Wheels” school buses.
In 2002, he joined the Phelps County Sheriff’s Department as a transport jailer later to become a transport deputy. In 2005, along with his job at the Sheriff’s Department, he began working for Phelps County Regional Medical Center as a public safety officer.
Duane has been a faithful member of the First Assembly of God Church for over 50 years where he worked in children’s ministry along with his wife Deborah, bus ministry, the sound booth, church security, greeting, and a host of other positions in the church.
All that knew Duane knew that he was best known for his “gift of gab.”
He was preceded in death by his parents, Lefty and Marjorie Gray; and sister, Lauretta Adams.
He is survived by his wife, Deborah of St. James, Missouri; two sons, Anthony “Tony” Duane Gray and wife Erin of St. James, Missouri and Christopher Heath Gray and wife Angie of Sedalia, Missouri; nine grandchildren, Todd, Dillon, Chandler, Lauren, Rebekah, Bailey, Addison, Chloe, and Elliot; two brothers, Steve Gray and wife Linda of St. James, Missouri and Mark Gray and wife Roxana of St. James, Missouri; other relatives and friends.
Visitation was held from 5-8 p.m. on Wednesday, September 9, 2020 at the First Assembly of God Church in St. James, Missouri.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, September 10, 2020 at the First Assembly of God Church in St. James, Missouri with Rev. Mick Thrasher officiating.
Pallbearers were Todd Gray, Dillon Gray, Chandler Gray, Jake Gray, Matt Wick and Josh Gray. Honorary pallbearers were Steve Gray, Mark Gray and Billy Nesbitt.
Arrangements under the direction of Jones Funeral Home in St. James, Missouri.