Jonathan F. Gray, 60, of Center, Texas, passed away on May 27, 2019 in Center. He was born on June 29, 1958 in Shreveport, Louisiana to Jessie Lee Gray and Lurline Stansberry Gray. Funeral services will be at 1:00 PM on Saturday, June 1, 2019 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Anthony Jackson officiating. Interment will follow at Haley Bush Cemetery in San Augustine.
A visitation will be held from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM on Friday, May 31, 2019 at Mangum Funeral Home.
Jonathan grew up in Center and graduated from Center High School in 1976. In May of 1980, he went to work for Hallmark and next year would’ve have marked his 40th year of service with the company. That same year, he met Nancy Berry in San Augustine. The two courted for a couple of years and then were married just before Jonathan’s birthday. He was a genuinely kind-hearted, down-to-earth man who spent the best times of his life surrounded by family. There was nothing he loved more than those precious moments with his wife, children, grandchildren and friends. The laughter and joy would resonate when they were together at cook outs and other gatherings. Jonathan also enjoyed the outdoors and would often go hunting and fishing. His caring and compassionate demeanor will be dearly missed, and those that had the pleasure of knowing Jonathan will treasure the innumerable beautiful memories made with him over the years.
Jonathan is survived by his beloved wife, Nancy Gray; son, DeQuinn Nickerson and wife, Stefanie; daughters, Katina Hubbard and husband, Gregory, Jennifer Gray-White and husband, Garnet III and Jessica Watts and husband, Justin; brothers, Reginald Patton and Darryl Gray; sisters, Saundra Hill and Felicia Cloudy and husband, Pastor Marlin Cloudy Sr.; grandchildren, Sykera Hubbard, Gregory Hubbard II, Kylie Hubbard, Austin Randle, Cali White, Lia Nickerson and Levin Nickerson; and a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends that will miss him dearly.
He is preceded in death by his father, Jessie Lee Gray and his brothers, Kelvin Patton and Dwynne Gray.
Pallbearers will be Marcus Williams, Jack Moore, Kenny Wayne Edwards, Keith Hinson, Billy Jackson and Tommy Jackson.
The family would like to extend extreme gratitude to the staff of Hospice in the Pines for their excellent care of Mr. Gray during his time of need.
The family also expresses their sincere thanks to everyone who has called, provided meals, visited and prayed during Mr. Gray’s illness.
To send condolences or to sign an online register, please visit www.mangumfh.net.