Orval 'Joe' Gray

Orval “Joe” Gray, 69, of Louisiana, MO, died Monday, July 22, 2019, in Louisiana, Mo. Services were at 10 a.m., Friday, July 26, 2019, at the Collier Funeral Home in Louisiana, Mo. 

The Rev. Don Amelung will officiate. Burial will be at the Centenary Cemetery near Saverton, Mo. Visitation were from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m., Thursday, July 25 at the funeral home.

Joe was born on March 30, 1950, in Pike County, Mo., to William A. and Dorothy Marie Shephard Gray. He was raised in New Hartford, Mo., area. He was married to Yolanda “Yo” Sue Cox on June 21, 1969, in Hannibal, Mo.

He is survived by his wife, Yolanda “Yo” Gray of the home, two sons, Chris Gray (Elaine) of Louisiana, Mo., and Cary Gray (Annie) of St. Peters, Mo., a daughter, Courtney Janes (Jason) of Palmyra, Mo., four grandchildren, Brendan Gray and Jocelyn Gray of Louisiana, Mo., and Jackson Janes and Jonas Janes of Palmyra, Mo., a brother, C. W. Gray of Eolia, Mo., four sisters, Pat McCorkle (Rocky) of Palmetto, Fla., Linda Barnes Leopold of Eolia, Mo., Shelly Fongemie (Richard) of New Hartford, Mo., and Gina Epperson of Bowling Green, Mo., and numerous nieces and nephews.

His parents, Bill and Dorothy Gray, a sister, Mary Gray, and his parents in-law, Douglas and Vera Cox all died earlier.

Joe had been employed by Louisiana Plumbing and Heating. He was an electrical supervisor at the Dundee Cement Plant in Clarksville, Mo., and also taught electrical classes at the Pike/Lincoln Tech school. 

He was Baptist by faith and had received Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. He enjoyed spending time with his family, camping and fishing, gardening, antique shopping, and watching his children and grandchildren play sports.

Pallbearers will be Jamie Barnes, Craig Barnes, Doug Cox, Roydon Cox, Truman Lamberson, Shawn Lamberson, and Conn Lamberson.

Honorary Pallbearers will be Kevin McCorkle, Doug Sisco, Harold Wilson, Joe Cox, and Rocky McCorkle. 

Memorials may be made to the Heartland Hospice in care of the funeral home. Online condolences may be sent at www.collierfuneral.com.

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