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George Earl Gray

June 1, 1950 — March 13, 2024


George  Earl  " Butch" Gray, age  73, passed away Wednesday, March 13th, 2024, after his battle with extended illness. He was born to the late Eula Gray Collier and William Gray.  George was  born in Milburn, W.VA. He moved to Canton, Ohio at an early age and attended Allen grade school and  McKinley high school. George enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1971 and served in Korea until 1974.  Returning to Canton, Ohio,  he worked for the Diebold company.  The company restructured, resulting in major layoffs. George moved to  Delaware, Ohio where he  and Florine Jordan were married; to this union bonus sons,  Landymn  and  Jamiel  Steele were joined.  George and Florine founded The Eva Jordan learning  Center, which mentored youth in the Greater Delaware Community for years. George and  Florine  also  served as Deacon and Secretary of  The Morning Star Church for many years. They also attended and worked  for The Wesleyan University where along with their regular duties they mentored and  encouraged the college students. Upon the passing of Florine and his retirement, George returned to the Canton area settling in Massillon, Ohio.

George was preceded in death by wife, Florine; mother and father, Eula Gray Collier and William Gray; stepfather, James Collier; brothers; William Walter Jr., and Curtis; and sister, Linda. 

He leaves to CHERISH his memory son, Johnathan Sanders; bonus friend, Joseph Tinndale; stepfather to Johnathan; sons, Landymn, and Jamiel; brothers, Raymond (Dorothy), Douglas(Grace); sister, Juanita Burch; sister-in-law, Yvonne Gray; best friend, Gaylord Sweat, (Williams Family); good friend, Fred Hannon Jr. (Hannon and Danzy Family), Swafford  Family; and many nephews, nieces, friends, and cousins.  

George spent his last days at the Laurels of Massillon Nursing and Rehabilitation Facility where he was The Veteran  Liaison for the facility assisting incoming veterans. The dedicated staff at The Laurels were attentive and addressed George's every need. Praise GOD for their service. The unique thing about George was that he always lived in the moment.  Never pretentious or putting on airs. He remembered and knew all the people we grew up with including their children, grandchildren, and  sometimes great grandchildren. He loved people and always was looking for a good laugh. Condolences and special memories of George can be shared with his family online at 

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