Floyd E. Gray

In Loving Memory of the Honorable Floyd Edward Gray

Floyd Gray, former Dermott MayorHome going services held

Saturday, February 17, 2018 11 A.M.
Dermott High School Gym
525 East Speedway
Dermott, AR
Rev. Ralph Carbage, Officiating

Repast at St Paul Missionary Baptist Church

Sunrise: December 16, 1944
Sunset: February 9, 2018

Floyd E. Gray is the much loved father, husband, former teacher, community leader and former mayor of Dermott, Arkansas. His life will be cherished by many friends, students and citizens who came to know and love him through the years.

Mr. Gray and his wife, Ernestine, both taught in the Dermott Public School System until they retired. Afterwards, Mr. Gray took up the helm of public service and ran for mayor. He worked tirelessly for the community. During his tenure as mayor, he supported education and other programs to enrich the community, such as the initiative that led to Dermott Elementary School becoming a recipient of a $100,000 grant in 2011 to be used for computer science and literacy.

Floyd Gray accepted Christ at an early age as a member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Dermott. He was born in Chicago, Ill on December 16, 1944 to the parents of Ernest Gray Senior and Jessie Scott. He was raised in Dermott by his grandparents, Ernest and Ethel Gray, and attended Chicot County High School where he graduated as Salutatorian of his class.

Mr. Gray went on to receive his Bachelors of Science in Agriculture Education at the University of Pine bluff formerly known as AM &N of Pine Bluff and graduated Suma Cum Laude.

In August 6, 1967, he married the former Ernestine Angel Green at a house ceremony in Tiller, Arkansas surrounded by family and friends. They lived happily for over 50 years and had 3 beautiful children.

At the Dermott Public School System, Mr. Gray taught Agriculture Education for over 30 years. He retired in 1999, and then served as Mayor of the City of Dermott for 16 years.

Some of his many accomplishments included being chosen as Man of the Year in 1999. He was a recipient of the Arkansas State University Regional Leaders Program by the Class of 1999-2000. He presided as president of Dermott Chamber of Commerce 2000-2001. He was also a member of Alpha-Phi-Alpha Fraternity Incorporated.

He always cherished being a husband, father and pa-pa. Last but not least, he loved to help others by giving advice and lending a helping hand to all.

Floyd Gray leaves to cherish his memories: his loving wife (cheerleader) Ernestine (Ernie) Gray; his son, Floyd Gray Jr and wife Melissa of Bryant; his daughter, Kira of Dermott; his daughter, Kasunda of Little Rock; his brother, Peyton Gray of Virginia; his sister, Blanche Gray of Milwaukee; 5 granddaughters, and a host of in-laws, cousins, nieces , nephews and close family and friends.

The Gray Family offers the following:  

You will truly be missed Floyd Gray by your family and friends. We find comfort in knowing we will see you again someday. Rest in eternal peace my love. We love you to the moon and back!!!!

We acknowledge with sincere appreciation the many expressions of kindness shown during his illness and  during our time of bereavement. Your prayers, calls, visits, flowers and other gifts are deeply appreciated and will always be remembered. May God Bless and Keep you!

We would also like to extend a very special “Thank You” to Dermott Public Schools, St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church, the City of Dermott, Dillard Funeral Home and Davis – Strickland Funeral Home.

15 Responses to Floyd E. Gray

  1. Alvin Simmons May 20, 2018 at 11:33 pm #

    It was a joy to have known Mr. Gray. He inspired us to reach within for the answers and surprisingly they were often there. Rest In Peace my brother, a job well done.

  2. Yvonne English February 26, 2018 at 12:02 am #

    Floyd Gray was my uncle. I had him and Aunt Ernestine inspiring me to become a kindergarten teacher and leader as a director. Uncle Floyd was always encouraging a positive gleamor of hope in the lives of many with doubt. I will surely miss his presence but will cherish fond memories in my heart. Rest with the ancestors Uncle Floyd.

    • Dillard Funeral Home February 26, 2018 at 2:42 am #

      We see that your uncle touched many lives. We’re glad you shared how he inspired you personally. Thanks.

  3. AM February 19, 2018 at 3:03 pm #

    My sincere condolences to your family. May you find comfort in the promise of Revelation 21:4 about a time when death will be no more and loved ones will be reunited.

  4. Diann Cooper Graham February 18, 2018 at 2:09 am #

    You are truly missed Mr Gray. You were my Agri. Mechanic teacher. May you Rest In Peace now; you fought a good fight. My condolences to the family of Floyd Gray Sr.

  5. Tonnia’ R. Moore February 17, 2018 at 8:33 pm #

    Mrs. E. Gray ( my first grade teacher ) condolences and prayers to you and your family. May God be with you all. Stay strong!

  6. Debora Hudsperh February 17, 2018 at 5:18 pm #

    Condolences to the entire family, especially Mrs. Gray. I was one of the few females in his Agri Class and he was a very supportive teacher. He was very interested in the students at Dermott High School being successful and being good productive citizens. I am proud to say, I am fulfilling his expectation. Each time I saw him since graduating from DHS, he was always interested in how I was doing and my family.

    • Dillard Funeral Home February 23, 2018 at 2:33 am #

      Yes, Debora. He was supportive, a genuinely good person.

  7. Sarah Jordan February 17, 2018 at 4:28 am #

    My condolences to and prayers for the family
    May God bless and keep you forever in His care.

  8. Stephanie Scurlock February 17, 2018 at 3:08 am #

    Mr. Gray was my teacher but he was also like family. I will never forget the hours spent at the home of the Grays watching them and my parents interact. I remember the laughter and the joyous times. Floyd (I was able to call him that with special approval of my parents) will be missed. May God comfort Ernestine, Kasunda, Kira and Floyd, Jr. and the rest of the family, as they grieve. Remember, God’s love is steadfast. He will wrap his loving arms around you and won’t let go. He renews his love for us daily. Lamentations 3:22-23

    • Dillard Funeral Home February 23, 2018 at 2:35 am #

      Thank you for sharing. Mr. Gray certainly had a great spirit.

  9. Gwendolyn Coakley February 17, 2018 at 1:24 am #

    My prayers and condolences to the Gray family. Mr. Gray was such an humble and gentle man. He will certainly be missed by all. May God almighty give strength, comfort and peace during this difficult time.

    • Dillard Funeral Home February 23, 2018 at 2:35 am #

      We couldn’t agree with you more. Thanks for sharing.

  10. Otis L. Williams February 16, 2018 at 9:03 pm #

    I knew him best as One Great Agriculture & Mechanics Teacher in 10th or 11th Grade. He will be dearly missed by many, but not forgotten by those who knew him and I am just one. My prayers, thoughts and love goes out to the entire Gray Family. May God’s Amazing Grace and Peace like the river comfort your hearts and souls during your time of grief and reflections.

  11. Rev. Bobbie Hampton February 16, 2018 at 8:45 pm #

    We are so sorry to hear about the passing of Mr. Gray, my former teacher. I will always remember him as a loving and caring teacher who looked out for all of us. There is one thing he wanted from me as being the youngest in the Hampton family and that was to be as smart as my family was and to be like Mayor Hampton. We would always like the field trips with Mr. Gray, because we knew that if we were going on a trip, he would allow us to go to the store. We will be praying for the family, that the Lord will bless & keep them.

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