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Reverend Mervin C. Gray

July 4, 1927 July 19, 2009
Reverend Mervin C. Gray
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Obituary for Reverend Mervin C. Gray

Reverend Mervin Gray, who pastored three Maryland churches during his lifetime died at 82 years of age in Prince Frederick, Maryland on Sunday, July 19. One of nine children, Gray was born on July 4, 1927 in Warsaw, Virginia to Alex and Charity Gray. After graduating from Richmond County High School, Gray matriculated at Virginia State University in Petersburg, Virginia. He enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1952. Gray was a survival instructor from 1952-1956. He was honorably discharged in 1960. From 1960-1965 Gray served with the Maryland Department of Corrections. In 1965 Gray founded and directed a community food store designed to provide employment and mentoring to low income and undereducated youth. On June 23, 1969 Gray was awarded licensure to preach for the United Methodist Church of the Baltimore Southwest District of the Baltimore Annual Conference. He was appointed as pastor to Strawbridge United Methodist Church in Baltimore, Maryland. While at Strawbridge he worked with the Kennedy Center to establish the Strawbridge United Methodist Daycare Center devoted to upgrading the I.Q.'s of preschool mentally retarded children. On February 3, 1979 he was united in holy matrimony to Diane Davis. From this union one child was born, Vashti Gray. In 1980 he was appointed as pastor of Eastern and St. John United Methodist Churches in Lusby, Maryland. One of the most notable of his many accomplishments during his tenure from 1980-1989 was the establishment of the East-John Youth Center, a facility designed for the provision of learning and recreation for children. After his retirement he continued to play an active role in the community. He organized the West-Lusby Appeal Community Association and the Coalition of South County Community Associations. He was an active member of Brooks United Methodist Church. Gray is survived by his wife, Diane; one daughter, Vashti Gray-Sadjedy; one stepdaughter, Angela Davis-Drew; two grandsons Elijah Sadjedy and Kevin Drew; one granddaughter, Charlotte Drew; two sons-in-law, Christopfer Sadjedy and Duchene Drew; one brother, John Gray; one sister, Elsie Jones; three sisters-in-law Christine Gray, Audrey Owino, Zelda Davis; five brothers-in-law, Sherman Davis, Dennis Davis (Nelita), Freeman Davis, Earl Davis, Jr. (Norma) Kenneth Davis (April); mother-in-law, Edith Davis and a host of many relatives and friends.

Cemetery:

Brooks UM Church Cemetery 5550 Mackall Road St. Leonard, MD 20685 (map/driving directions)

Visitation:

5:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Brooks UM Church 5550 Mackall Road St. Leonard, MD 20685 on Friday, July 24, 2009 (map/driving directions) 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM at Brooks UM Church 5550 Mackall Road St. Leonard, MD 20685 on Saturday, July 25, 2009 (map/driving directions)

Service:

11:00 AM at Brooks UM Church 5550 Mackall Road St. Leonard, MD 20685 on Saturday, July 25, 2009 (map/driving directions)

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