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Major L. Gray

June 14, 1915 October 4, 2008
Major L. Gray
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Major L. Gray of Prince Frederick, MD died on Saturday, October 4, 2008 at Washington Hospital Center, Washington, D.C. He was born on Monday, June 14, 1915 in Sunderland, MD to the late Robert Gray and the late Zennette Jones.Major L. Gray was born on June 14, 1915 to Robert Gray and Zennette Jones in Sunderland, Maryland. He departed this life, after a brief illness, at 12:35 PM on Saturday, October 4, 2008 in the Washington Hospital Center. Major (Pop Major), as he was referred to by all, attended Mt. Hope Elementary School. He joined the Maryland State Roads Commission at the age of 19 as a maintenance worker and became the first African American to be hired as a heavy equipment operator in Calvert County. He retired from the States Commission in 1979 after 43 years of service.In 1935, Major married Virginia Holland. To this union were born three sons: Kermit (deceased), Robert, and C. Vernon. In addition, over the years, they informally adopted seven other children: Phyllis Reed, Peggy Holland, Virginia Brackett (deceased), Robert Stepney (deceased), Elsie Stepney (deceased), Page Jones, and Nakkiyah Jones (their great granddaughter.)Major was a devoted husband and family man, who loved his children. He had a strong work ethic. He worked very diligently and tirelessly to provide for his family. Major was known and well liked by everyone throughout Calvert County. Upon retiring from the States Roads Commission, Major received a resolution from the Calvert County Commissioners in 1981 recognizing his distinguished years of service and for developing new practices and skills in job and, also, a Governor's Citation from Governor Harry Hughes acknowledging his outstanding work in the Maintenance Division.Major was committed to helping candidates he supported get elected. He spent many hours working the polls during local, state, and national elections.Major joined church at an early age and served two churches, first Saint Edmonds Methodist Church and later Mt. Hope United Methodist Church. He was a willing worker always ready to assist in what was needed. He was a member of the Methodist Men, Ushers and the Board of Trustees. Retiring from the Board after long years of service as member emeritus.After retirement, Major continued his service in the church and spent as much time as he could with his grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren.Major leaves to mourn two sons, Robert and Vernon; seven nephews: William Bryant, Norman Gray, Kenneth Jones, Kevin Moten, Tim Moten, Robert Watts, and Norvel Jones, Jr.; and three nieces Janice Bryant, Linda Bryant, and Jeannette Jones; three daughters-in-law: Corine Thomas Gray, Irene Gray, and Sandra Trice Gray; and those in his and his wife's care: Phyllis Reid, Peggy Holland, Page Jones, and Nakkiyah Jones. In addition, he leaves 2 sisters-in-law; Ann Gray and Mary Moten; 17 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, 6 great-great grandchildren, and many other relatives and hundreds of friends.Funeral service was held on Saturday, October 11, 2008 at 11:00 A.M. at Mt. Hope UM Church Sunderland, MD with Rev. Lilie W. Gray, officiating.The interment was at the church cemetery.The pallbearers were Anthony Gray, Kermit Gray, Michael Gray, Ricardo Gray, Robert Gray, Jr., Chester Jones,

Cemetery:

Mt. Hope UM Church 145 Dalrymple Road Sunderland, MD 20689 (map/driving directions)

Visitation:

6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. at Mt. Hope UM Church 145 Dalrymple Road Sunderland, MD 20689 on Friday, October 10, 2008 (map/driving directions) 10:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. at Mt. Hope UM Church 145 Dalrymple Road Sunderland, MD 20689 on Saturday, October 11, 2008 (map/driving directions)

Service:

11:00 A.M. at Mt. Hope UM Church 145 Dalrymple Road Sunderland, MD 20689 on Saturday, October 11, 2008 (map/driving directions)

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