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THERMAN GRAY

November 2, 1941 September 14, 2010
THERMAN GRAY
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Therman Gray passed away quietly at his home in Huntingtown, Maryland with his wife, family and many of his friends at his bedside on Tuesday, September 14, 2010. He had fought a courageous fight during his illness-never complaining about his failing health. Therman bravely persevered through treatments and hospitalizations until he could endure no more. He then expressed a strong desire to return home to be happy and comfortable with his family and friends until God decided that it was his time. Through it all, he continued to show concern and care for others especially his wife, Carolyn. His faith did not waiver during his time of adversity. Therman became a living testimony. He was an exemplar of faith - courage under fire.
Therman was born on November 2, 1941 in Calvert County, Maryland to the late Cornelius and Helen Gray. He was educated in the Calvert County Public School System graduating from W. Sampson Brooks High School in 1960. As a child, Therman was afflicted with rheumatic fever which was often terminal. God spared him and Therman would go on to fulfill God's purpose for his life.Therman was united in marriage to Carthella Carolyn Parran on November 17, 1962. They were blessed with three children; two daughters, Pamela and Angela and one son, Therman II.
Therman was best known for the gift of gab'. He never met a stranger. He would strike up a conversation wherever he was and would always leave with a new friend. He was the master storyteller always sharing anecdotes about friends and family. He would deliver the stories with animation in his own special way, leaving everyone in laughter. His lively and vibrant demeanor often captivated his audience who seem to hang onto every word. This trait continued up until the very end.
Therman loved serving God through his work in his church and community. He was a faithful member of Plum Point United Methodist Church. He loved his church family and shared a special relationship with his pastor, Reverend Tunde E. O. Davies. He served as a Trustee, Usher, Greeter and with the Parking Ministry. Therman initiated the successful Four Seasons Dinner Theater fundraiser for the Scholarship committee enabling the award of many scholarships to young people in the church and community. He really enjoyed being a part of the Plum Point United Methodist Church Players and was the very first Conductor in the play "The Gospel Train". Another of his pleasures was serving as the Head Chef' at the Women's Day and Mother's Day services.
His community involvement included being an Election Judge, Calvert County Fair Board member, member of the Calvert County Commissioners Citizens Advisory Committee, 4-H volunteer, Past Master & Secretary of Victoria Lodge No. 71 F&A.M, P.H.A; Past Patron, Carroll Chapter No. 22, Order of Eastern Stars (O.E.S.), P.H.A.; and District Deputy Grand Lecturer, O.E.S. He worked tirelessly towards the successful completion of the Carroll-Victoria Community Center in Huntingtown, Maryland.
Therman developed a strong work ethic at an early age while assisting his mother on the farm, especially in the tobacco field. He worked as a Clerk for the United States Postal Service for 38 years and retired on January 29, 1999. Not one to be idle, after his career with the Postal Service, Therman worked part-time as a Front Desk Attendant and Building Supervisor for Calvert County Parks and Recreation -- someplace where his considerable people skills were shared with others.
Therman's favorite pastimes were fishing, reading the newspaper, doing crossword puzzles, cutting grass and helping others cut their grass, and of course cooking out on his grill. He loved spending time with his family and friends and always looked forward to the annual family reunion in Ocean City, Maryland. He was an avid Redskins fan and enjoyed the Redskins' victory over the Cowboys on the Sunday before his homegoing.
Preceding him in death were his parents, his brother, Alvin Gray and sister, Shirley Hawkins. Therman leaves to cherish his memory, his loving and devoted wife Carolyn, his children, Pamela (Jimmie) Wilkerson, Angela (Keith) Walker and Therman II (Donna) Gray; grandchildren, Briana and Jimmie Jr. Wilkerson, Keith Jr., Zoe and Callie Walker, Carson and Cassidy Gray; sisters, Ilean Cook, Olivia Griffith and Dorothy Ann Gray; brothers, Charles (Catherine), Carroll (Jean) and Barry (Jenni) Gray; sisters-in-law, Geraldine Gray and Rosalie Harris; brothers-in-law, Hamilton, Jr. (Lula), Ralph, Sr. (Eleanora) and Joseph, Sr. (Marine) Parran; Godson, Ralph Parran, Jr. and best friends (in addition to his brothers-in-law), Henry Washington, Lester Wilkerson, William (Bill) Jackson, Leroy Holland and George (Ricky) Jones; uncle, William Young; aunts, Evelyn Rawlings and Eleanor Hicks; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Therman taught us all how to face death with dignity and faith. He stood on his FAITH and will be remembered for his perseverance and strength.

Cemetery:

Plum Point UM Church 1800 Stinnett Road Huntingtown, MD 20639 (map/driving directions)

Visitation:

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Sewell Funeral Home 1451 Dares Beach Road Prince Frederick, MD 20678 on Thursday, September 23, 2010 (map/driving directions)
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM at Jesus The Divine Word 885 Cox Road Huntintown, MD 20639 on Friday, September 24, 2010 (map/driving directions)

Service:

11:00 AM at Jesus The Divine Word 885 Cox Road Huntintown, MD 20639 on Friday, September 24, 2010 (map/driving directions)

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