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BM1 Shawn D. Gray

Boatswain’s Mate 1st Class Shawn David “Skeeter” Gray, 32, of Norfolk, passed away Friday, Sept. 21, 2012, at UNC Hospital in Chapel Hill.

He was born in Hagerstown, Md., on June 16, 1980, and was the son of William D. “Bill” and Patsy J. (Mines) Gray of Bridgewater.

As a veteran of “Operation Enduring Freedom” during the Gulf War, BM1 Gray served his country in the U.S. Navy with “Courage, Honor and Commitment” for the past 14 years. He was currently stationed in Norfolk.

Surviving, in addition to his parents, are his fiancée, Krista L. Hale and son, Cameron J. White, both of Norfolk; three sons, Quentin D. Gray of Grottoes and Dakota B. Gray and Justin M. Gray, both of Norfolk; a sister, Jennifer Gray Ryan and husband, Kolby, of Oceanside, Calif.; grandmothers, Helen L. Mines of Clover Hill and Rita A. Gray of Bridgewater; nieces, Shannon L. Garber and Autumn G. Garber, both of Mount Sidney, and Kylee S. Ryan of Oceanside, Calif. Numerous aunts, uncles and cousins also survive.

He was preceded in death by his grandfathers, James L. Mines, and Walter W. Gray.

A service celebrating the life of BM1 Shawn “Skeeter” Gray will be held at Oaklawn Park, Shelter No. 1 at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012, with the Rev. Jerry Smith officiating.

Memorial contributions may be sent to St. Paul’s Independent Lutheran Church, c/o Delbert Rexrode, 527 Windrush Lane, Doe Hill, VA 24433, or Wounded Warriors, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.

Friends may call anytime at the Gray home, 19 Centerville Road, Bridgewater.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.johnsonfs.com.


Johnson Funeral Service in Bridgewater is in charge of arrangements.

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