April 15, 1883 - Dec. 4, 1939
|Rev. Henry Gray was born in Chenneyville, La., April 15, 1883, and died in New Or-leans, December 4, 1939.
He was the youngest child of Mrs. Louise and William Gray. He attended the public schools of Chenneyville and later studied at Chenneyville Academy. Rev. Gray married Miss Alice Amos, the daughter of Rev. William L. Amos, a minister in the Louisiana Conference, October 31, 1907. He was converted in Chenneyville M. E. Church at the age of 9 years. He started his work as an Exhorter in the Chenneyville M. E. Church and received his Local Preach-ers’ license in the same year, 1906. The family moved to Lake Charles, Louisiana. There he placed his membership in Warren Chapel Methodist Church under the pastorate of Rev. J. B. Reddix and worked faithfully. In 1919 Rev. Gray was admitted to the Louisiana Conference and appointed to the Longville Circuit. There he preached, prayed and sang himself into the hearts of men and was instrumental in saving many souls. He served this appointment three years.
His next appointment was Welch Methodist Church. He served at Welch two years. He built a church and parsonage and liquidated all debts at Keithville Church, where he served two years. His next appointment was Daniel and Round Grove. Here he built a church. He served this appointment three years. He served the Mallilieu Church at New Orleans for three years. He served three years at St. Matthews Church, Algiers, and greatly enlarged the membership. His next appointment was St. Mark, Opelousas, where he served for two yeas with much success. He served LaHarpe Church, New Orleans, for one year. Then he succeeded the Rev. J. E. Brown as superintendent of the Shreveport-Monroe District. He served on the district one year and one month, where on Monday morning, December 4, 1939, he answered the summons to that land where the just are made perfect.
Rev. Gray leaves a wife, Mrs. Alice Gray; three daughters, Mary Etta, Pearl and Naomi, four sons, Henry W., Lawrence, William and Robert. He strived to give all his children a college education. He leaves one brother, Mr. James Hagans, two sisters, Mrs. Barbara Hendricks and Mrs. Emma Davis and a host of nieces and friends.
Truly a great man has fallen in Israel. He was an organizer, a builder and a songster, as well as a great preacher.
|Source: Louisiana Conference Journal, SCJ, The Methodist Church, 1940, p. 42|