John William Gray, 75, of Columbia passed away Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019, at Lenoir Woods in Columbia.

Friends will be received from noon to 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22, 2019, at Parker-Millard Funeral Service. Inurnment will be at a later date at the Glenwood Cemetery in Glenwood, Missouri.

John was born Feb. 7, 1944, in Clarence, Missouri, to James and Mary Ellen Chinn Gray. He was married to Connie Sue Lancaster on April 3, 1976, in Columbia, and the Gray and Lancaster families were united. John attended Stalcup Grade School; Shelbina High School, Class of 1962; and Gem City Business College. John worked for MFA Inc. for over 50 years, starting at the Shelbina Exchange as a bookkeeper and retiring from the home office as director of special projects. His hobbies were playing golf with “The Doctors Group” at the Country Club of Missouri and making an annual trip to Jekyll Island, Georgia, with his good friend, the late Fred Hulse, and many others over 30 years. Fishing on the banks of various lakes with his father-in-law and brother-in-law provided some good stories and a lot of good fish to eat. He was an avid Tigers fan for over 60 years. When John wasn’t playing golf or fishing, he was doing counted cross-stitch or making Christmas afghans for family members.

John is survived by his wife, Connie Gray of Columbia; one brother, James Gray (Phyllis); five sisters, Jane Gray, Judy Bono, Kathy Pratt, Karen McGowan and Charlotte Tuell (Jeff); brother-in-law and sister-in-law Bud and Darlene Lancaster; four nephews, Alvin, Josh, Don and Daron; five nieces, Stephanie, Kimberly, Jessica, Judy Ellen and Samantha; and special friends, Paul and Phyllis Johnson, Tommy and Donna Stone and Charlene Johnson.

John was preceded in death by his parents and mother- and father-in-law, Marcie and Rosalee Lancaster.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Gray Family Scholarship Fund, 3750 Miller Drive #1311, Columbia, Missouri, 65201.

The family would like to thank Lenoir Health Care and Hospice Compassus for their loving and compassionate care for John.

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