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Phillip Wayne Gray, 73, of Kansas City, MO has taken a peaceful journey home to our Lord Jesus Christ on March 23, 2016 after a 2 ½ year battle with prostate cancer. The family has had an awesome life with their husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather and has tons of wonderful memories and no regrets, therefore, we will not be holding a funeral or memorial service. He is flying high with Jesus reuniting with all his family and friends who have preceded him on the journey home to heaven.
When GOD said “Let there be light” I’m sure he hit my dad on the head with one of those beams because my dad lit up the life of everyone around him. My dad was always happy and smiling, absolutely the kindest, most generous person to everyone he knew and a lot of neighbors he did not know. Seems he mowed everyone’s yard. If he thought their grass was too high or knew they weren’t able to mow, he mowed it for them. He spent his life as a professional automobile mechanic and when he wasn’t at work, he was busy keeping everyone in the family’s car running, or helping them fix or build something, never asking for anything in return. Probably the most famous things he will be remembered for are all the contraptions he built for his daughter , grandchildren and great grandchild to play with or ride in when they were growing up, from a swimming pool out of a horse trough with a car hood as a slide, to go carts and lawn mowers used to pull a cart or wagon with all the grandkids around the neighborhood and then they were able to drive when they were old enough. My dad made life fun for his family always creating something new to entertain us with or he walked on his hands in the yard or made faces at us to make us smile. But the most valuable possession my father gave to his family was his TIME. He always had time for each and every one of us, no matter what. He never said no and nothing was impossible and he never crushed anyone’s dream. When you were down he lifted you up with his silliness from his jokes to his old dirty, made up, county songs. One of his favorite things to do was go to the casino, eat crab legs and lose my mother’s winnings. Thank you Micky for generously providing him with the complimentary passes to feed one of his many loves in life. My dad loved to take road trips and we took many 3-4 day trips all over this country and then he started taking his grandkids. He loved gambling, building things, ice cream and little Debbie cupcakes. He was always videotaping with his camcorder and he loved having his picture taken. Our family was truly blessed having this man in our lives and we will forever be molded into his likeness and touched by his spirit, heart and soul.
Wayne was preceeded in the journey to heaven by his parents, John Paris (JP) and Carrie Mae (Momma Gray) Gray, brothers Gentry, John, Jim & Bill Gray and his sisters Nell Harris and Laner McCurry.
He is survived by his Wife of 53 years, Carmen (Roberts) Gray, Daughter, Christine (Gray) Kresse, 3 very beautiful and cherished Grandchildren, Jenna Renee (Kresse) Brantley, Natalie Ruth Kresse and Justin Wayne Kresse, 2 very precious and priceless angels, his Great Granddaughters, that he loved more than life itself, Katlyn Andrea DiNardo and Coraline Jay Martinez and his only living brother, Robert Gray and many nieces nephews.