Mr. Bobby Joe Gray, age 85 of Jonesboro, passed away Wednesday, May 6, 2020 surrounded by his family following a period of declining heart health. He was a fan of the Saints and LSU. Mr. Gray also enjoyed being outdoors and found a way to be outside any chance he could where he especially enjoyed hunting and fishing He also liked to garden, especially growing lots of tomatoes and found much joy in giving those tomatoes away.
Mr. Gray proudly served his country in the United States Army and the United States National Guard. He was so fond of the color black that most everything he owned was that color including his cars, trucks, and boats even down to the mercury outboard motor.
He began working in the paper mill in 1958 and retired in 1999 after over 40 years of employment and will be remembered for the hard work he put into his every day family life to provide for his family. He loved his family and was a very loving, devoted father and grandfather.
Those left to cherish his memory are his daughters, Donna L. Sanders (David L.), Sharon R. Mathis; grandchildren, Derek L. Sanders (Kylie), Priscilla N. Coleman (Cliff), Tabbatha M. Gannon (Wesley); great grandchildren, Autumn, Christian, Hunter, Caleb, Mason, Kenzie, Lexi, Cullen; sister in law, Linda Gray; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by wife, Mary Elizabeth (Harrington) Gray; parents, Ernest Eugene and Ethel Inda (Holleman) Gray; siblings, Billie Ruth (Gray) Scoggins, John David Gray.
A graveside service was held Tuesday, May 12, 2020 at 11:00AM in Jonesboro Cemetery with Reverend Bill Staples officiating. Entombment was under the direction of Southern-Edmonds Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers the family has asked that donations be made to your favorite charity in his honor.