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PO Box 176
24497 Mary N. Smith Rd.
Accomac, VA 23301
Phone: 757-787-2504
Fax: 757-787-5606
Avery Gray

Avery Lydell Gray

Wednesday, July 23rd, 1958 - Friday, December 11th, 2020
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Born in Manhattan, New York on July 23, 1958, Avery Lydell Gray was the son of the late Maretha Gray and June Allen. He was predeceased by his mother and was reared from an early age by his grandmother, Daisy Bell Harris. Avery departed this life suddenly at the age of 62, on December 11, 2020.

Avery was educated in the Accomack County Public Schools and graduated from Central High School in June 1976. After graduation, he enlisted in the United States Army. Following his tenure in the United States Army, he was employed as a Maintenance Technician at Accomack County School Board, where he worked for ten years. In 1987, he left the Eastern Shore of Virginia and relocated to Northern Virginia, where he was employed as a Maintenance Technician at Flow General Incorporated. Avery pursued another employment opportunity as a Maintenance Supervisor at Goodwin House. Most recently, he was a HVAC Engineer at Greenspring in Springfield, Virginia until he retired earlier this year in June.

In 1990, Avery was united in holy matrimony to the former June “Margaret” Floyd, his hometown sweetheart. From this union two beloved sons were born, Marcus and Desmond. Avery began attending Mount Pleasant Baptist Church of Alexandria, Virginia in 1990. He later joined and was baptized in 1994. He was a faithful member and sang in the Men’s Choir. Avery was an avid Washington Football fan and he enjoyed spending time with his family. He had a quiet demeanor and a good sense of humor. He was a wonderful and loving husband to Margaret and a devoted father and grandfather.

Avery leaves to cherish his memories a devoted wife, June “Margaret” of thirty years, his sons, Marcus Gray (Carolina) of Manassas, VA and Desmond Gray of Triangle, VA, three grandchildren, Eva, Solomon, and Miguel, his mother-in-law, Bernice V. Floyd of Melfa, VA, his sister, Jennifer Gray of Melfa, VA and one nephew, Vern Hyslop of Baltimore MD, his aunt, Barbara Starchia of Washington, DC, and uncle, Jim Gray (Lois) of Melfa, VA and a host of relatives and friends. He was a gentle soul and never complained. Avery will be deeply missed by all who knew him.
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  • Private Graveside Service

    Wednesday, December 23rd, 2020 | 1:30pm
    When
    Wednesday, December 23rd, 2020 1:30pm
    Location
    Snead's Memorial United Methodist Church Cemetery
    Address
    33016 Seaside Rd.
    KELLER, VA 23401
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    Notes
    In light of the evolving situation with COVID-19 virus, we are making adjustments to adapt to the current health emergency. In order to reduce the spread of the virus in our community, we are limiting the public’s access to our facility. We will continue to serve our families with the utmost dignity, as well as maintain the safety guidelines provided by the Center for Disease Control (CDC).
    We have received notification of the Governor’s Executive Order Sixth Amended Number Sixty-Seven (2020) and Order of Public Health Emergency Seven, which imposes the following restriction:
    Effective Midnight, Sunday, November 15, 2020, all public and private in person gatherings of 25 or more individuals are prohibited. This includes outdoor and indoor settings.
    In accordance with the Governor's Executive Order, Cooper & Humbles Funeral Co., Inc. will comply and hold all services private until further notice. We will not have any public viewings. In an effort to accommodate family and friends, we are posting photos and the funeral/graveside service video of your loved ones on their respective Book of Memory pages on our website, www.cooperandhumbles.com. This will allow you to have a lasting memory picture and attend the service virtually. We thank you for your patience and understanding during this difficult time and as soon as this matter is resolved, we will resume our normal practices.
  • Interment

    Wednesday, December 23rd, 2020 | 1:30pm
    When
    Wednesday, December 23rd, 2020 1:30pm
    Location
    Snead's Memorial United Methodist Church Cemetery
    Address
    33016 Seaside Rd.
    KELLER, VA 23401
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email

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Mrs. Gray, sending you and the family my sincerest condolences during this time. I will be keeping each of you in my prayers.
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Helen Shields Freeman

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Avery was my high school classmate. He was nice, quiet, and even a gentleman at that young age, and always had a beautiful smile. My condolences to his family.
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