Harry Lanford Gray WWII Vet Obit
By Ami August 01, 2003 at 08:34:57
(07/31/2003) Harry Lanford Gray of Weimar, Texas, died July 27, 2003, in the Colorado-Fayette Medical Center. He most recently was a resident of the Parkview Manor Nursing Home. Harry was born April 22, in Cisco, Texas, to Winnie Mobley Tichenor and Harry Gray. He is survived by his wife, the love of his life and soul-mate of 48 years, Molly M. Gray; his daughter, Marta Gray Schrader and her husband, Ben; grandsons, Trey, Matt, and Sam, all of Weimar; his son, Stephen M. Gray and his wife, Lisa; grandsons, Drew and Reagan of Boerne, Texas; and his sister, Winifred T. Hall and her husband, Frank of Austin, Texas; and numerous neices, nephews, great- neices and great-nephews, all of Texas. When Harry was in high school, his family moved to Austin and he graduated from Austin High School in 1939, served in the military during WWII with the ``Flying Tigers'' in China, Burma and India. He was an active Officer of the Air Force Reserves from 1945 until 1955. Upon his return home to Austin after the war, he entered the University of Texas earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering and all the while working for the Texas Highway Department and remaining with the Dept. for some eleven years. In 1963, he opened his own engineering Company in Wichita Falls, Texas. In 1976, he sold his company and went into semi-retirement acting as the City Engineer for Alvin and Angleton, Texas. He was instrumental as a charter member and officer in organizing the Texas Association of Real Estate Inspectors. Throughout his professional career he was active in many philanthropic organizations including Masons, Shriners, Rotary, Texas-Exes, Wildlife Associations and many others. He was active in the Episcopal Church all his life -- most recently at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Old Town Katy, Texas. He was a faithful member there until Alzheimers took it's toll and he entered Parkview Manor Nursing Home in Weimar in 2002. The family would like to express their heartfelt gratitude to the staff and nurses there for the very tender and loving care given to Harry. A memorial service will be held Friday, August 1, 2003, 12:00 noon at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Katy, Texas, with internment in Houston National Cemetery immediately following the service. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that any donations be made to: The Building Fund, St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 1936 Drexel, Katy, TX 77493. Arrangement by Schmidt Funeral Home, Katy, TX (281) 391-2424.