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08/29/12 - NNHS Newsletter - Dickie Gray

Richard Spencer Gray
(06 Jan 1937 - 27 Aug 2012)

Newport News High School Class of 1955

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
 The sad news just continues.       Dickie Gray, Class of 1955, husband of    Kathleen Walker Gray ('57) of VA, passed away in Yorktown on Monday, August 27, 2012 at the age of 75.  He was the brother of Robert Maynard of VA, and of the late   Russell Maynard (Class of 1961) (d. 09 Feb 1964) and the late Faye Gray Boughman (1943 - 18 Sept 2003), and the brother-in-law of    Bobby Walker ('65) of VA.

From the Daily Press - 08/29/12:

           Richard S. Gray


    YORKTOWN - Richard 'Dickie' Spencer Gray, 75, passed away on Monday, Aug., 27, 2012, after a courageous battle with cancer.

"Dickie" was born on Jan. 6, 1937, in Williamsburg, Va., to the late Homer Carson Gray and Louise Gray Maynard. He was also preceded in death by Claude R. Maynard (stepfather), Russell Lee Maynard (brother), Faye G. Boughman (sister) and Shelby Kathleen Snapp (granddaughter).

He was a lifelong Peninsula resident. Dickie graduated from Newport News High School in 1955 and was a forever proud "Typhoon" where he met his high school sweetheart and wife of more than 54 years, Kathleen Walker Gray. He served with the Army National Guard and then began his career as a pipe designer at Newport News Shipbuilding with 18 years of service. He then transferred to SUPSHIP as a Business Review Specialist for the Department of the Navy. He retired from civil service in 2002.
Dickie Gray
  He was a longtime, dedicated member of Denbigh Presbyterian Church where he served on session as clerk, elder and deacon. He was a passionate volunteer for Habitat for Humanity and PORT always lending a hand for those in need. He enjoyed special times with his family and friends at the beach, boating, camping and canoeing. He was an avid Redskin, Virginia Cavalier and Dodge Motorsports fan.

His memory will be cherished by his devoted wife, Kathleen Walker Gray; two children, Stephen L. Gray (Lynn), of Newport News, Robin G. Snapp (Randy), of Yorktown; brother, Robert J. Maynard (Sherry), of Yorktown; four grandchildren, Zachary S. Gray, of Florida, Chelsea L. Gray, of Newport News, Spencer A. Snapp and Summer D. Snapp, both of Yorktown; and brother-in-law, Robert M. Walker (Ramona), of Hampton. He is also survived by many cousins, nieces and nephews as well as extended family and friends.

The family will receive friends from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 29, at Peninsula Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 30, at Denbigh Presbyterian Church with burial to follow in Parklawn Memorial Park, Hampton, Va. A reception will follow at Denbigh Presbyterian Church.

In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in his honor to the American Diabetes Association and to Denbigh Presbyterian Church, 302 Denbigh Blvd, Newport News, 23608. The family would also like to express their appreciation to Riverside Oncology, Dr. Kim Schlesinger, Warwick Forrest Rehabilitation Center, Riverside Rehabilitation Center and Pastor Deborah Dail, of Denbigh Presbyterian Church.

Peninsula Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.  View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in the Daily Press from August 29 to August 30, 2012.

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August 29, 2012 

One of the greatest Gentlemen to walk this earth. A true servant of the Lord. You will be greatly missed by many.

~ Cathy Ripley, Williamsburg, Virginia

August 29
, 2012 

My condolences to the Gray family. Growing up in Beechwood back in the 60's, Mr. Gray was one of the neighbourhood dads that was always nice to us. Peace and Love!

August 29, 2012

My thoughts and prayers are with the family. Dick was a special friend to me and an example to all.

~ Donald Bickhart, Yorktown, Virginia

August 29, 2012  

I am so sorry to hear of this great loss. I will miss his smiling face and uplifting spirit. We will miss him a great deal at BayPort!

~ Stephanie Bard, Yorktown, Virginia

August 29, 2012

Kay, Dorothy and I offer our most sincere condolences to you and your family for the loss of your husband. I knew Dickie well in high school and use to talk to him on occasion when I worked at SUPSHIPNN. He was one of the nicest people I have ever met. He was a friend of my brother David "also class of 55" and always asked about him whenever we would run into each other. I know he will be missed by everyone who knew him. We will keep you and all of your family in our prayers and ask the Lord to give you peace in knowing that Dickie is in a much better place.

August 29, 2012

A few months after I arrived from Cuba with my wife and two small children, Richard came to our apartment--Eastwood Drive and Warwick Blvd.--and asked us if we needed to learn some English (the greatest need we had at that time) and twice a week he taught us conversational English for a few months. He was always patient, receptive, caring and smiling. After that we saw him once in a while at the store and held a brief but always nice conversation. He is in God's Mansion and our thoughts and prayers are with his family. Ysaac and Angelica

~ Ysaac Chabo, Newport News, Virginia

August 29, 2012

Please accept our sincere condolences on your loss of a wonderful husband, father and friend. Our prayers and thoughts are with your family.

~ Frieda & LeRoy Jackson, Williamsburg, Virginia

August 29, 2012

Dick was a totally awesome man, awesome in skill, in personality and care for others. He was an ICON of shibbuilding expertise at SUPSHIP NN. He touched and directed my life for the time we spent together at SUPSHIP in the early 90's. I will miss this awesome man, I thank his family for sharing him with us all, and I know we shall happily meet again. I mourn your loss, but celebrate his legacy of greatness.

~ Dale Baugh RDML USN (ret)

August 29, 2012

~ Steve Bultman, Yorktown, Virginia

August 29, 2012

May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.

~ Jan, Mark, Meg, and Lauren Franklin, Poquoson, Virginia

August 29, 2012

~ Jan Franklin, Poquoson, Virginia

August 29, 2012

Sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

~ Edwards Family, Newport News, Virginia

August 30, 2012

We have missed you at church and will continue to do so. You have now gone home to our Father where all pain and suffering is no more. Thank you for your kindness and service and for all your family may they know you will be remembered well by the members of Denbigh Presbyterian Church.

~ Judith Buchanan, Newport News, Virginia

August 30, 2012

I remember watching Dick diligently attending to your yard when we were neighbors. I used to tease him that every blade of his grass stood at attention-all in the same direction too! He was a kind and gentle man. The world was a better place because of him. --Cecilia

~ Unsigned

August 30, 2012

I will always cherish the wonderful memories of this wonderful friend. Heaven is a little brighter with Dick's smile lighting his new paths.

~ David Phillips, Jacksonville Beach, Florida

August 30, 2012

Our thoughts and prayers to the family and friends. We went to school with Dickie and Kay. I also worked with Kay.

~ JoAnn and Bobby Fowler, The Villages, Florida

August 30, 2012

 Every day was a little better when you spent time with Dick. I cherish the memories of an old friend.

~ Wayne Ripley, Ordinary, Virginia

August 30, 2012

Every day was a little brighter when Dick was in it. I cherish the memories of a old friend.

~ Wayne Ripley, Ordinary, Virginia

August 30, 2012

I'd like to share an experience I had years ago with 'Mr. Gray' when we were neighbors in Denbigh. There was this time in the garage I found it necessary to demonstrate my lack of mechanical ability by dismantling something with springs in it. The reassembly of the now unsprung something was frustrating me to the level of s e r i o u s l y losing my religion. Even though we lived across the street from each other, I somehow drew his attention (ire, pity?). I didn't even know anyone was around, but he came right over and offered to help this offensive teen. His friendly and helpful demeanor was calming and he almost immediately invented a shadetree mechanics solution to my predicament using nothing more than a couple of bent nails thereby rescuing me from almost certain and immediate condemnation. That was a long time ago. I don't know where I'll wind up, but I have an idea where he will.

On behalf of the DeGrace family, I would like to express our deepest condolences on the loss of a truly great guy.

~ Dave DeGrace, Yorktown, Virginia

September 01, 2012

Dick was a true Southern Gentlemen. I am so glad that I had a chance to know him from work. Now that he and Clayton G. are back together, Heaven will never be the same!

~ "Sam" Wolfe, Crossville, Tennessee

September 02, 2012

Dear Family,
You are in our prayers and thoughts at this time of your loss.
May our God surround each of you with comfort and peace.
Matthew 5:4 Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
I did not know Mr. Gray. We have been in prayer. On another note it is a small world. Jim McDonald is my cousin. I have worked with PORT for many years and His face I think I have seen. What a great testimony of service to others. God bless each of you.
Grace, Peace, and Love, Mildred and Janet Lockstampfor

September 02, 2012


   Our deepest sympathies are extended to Dickie's family, friends, and classmates at this difficult time.

   This information is also recorded here:


    From Sandi Bateman Chestnut ('65) of VA - 09/01/12, 10:56 PM - "    Dickie Gray, class of 55":

In reference to Dickie Gray's obituary, his wife went by    Kay Walker in school and I think she graduated from NNHS in 1957.  His email address was Typhoon5557, which I've been told stood for his and her classes.  Also, don't think you realized Kay's brother is our very own (Class of 65)    Bobby Walker, whom I had the chance to talk to at the visitation.   Dale and I both worked for years with Dick and thought so much of him.  He was one of the nicest people you'd want to meet, the perfect gentleman and a very proud NNHS Typhoon.  When I worked with him for the Navy Dept. in the 80s, it was during a time when our wonderful high school was being renovated as Navy barracks and Dick was part of the group tasked with the renovations.  I was in charge of ordering the equipment for the "galley", which was our former cafeteria.  Dick took me on a couple "tours" of the school and he managed to "collect" some memorabilia from the school including one of the "Ns" from the top of the school for himself.  One of the things he gave me was a couple of corner pieces of molding from the library, which I'd planned on having someone make candle holders from them.  With a couple moves, not sure what happened to them.  He will definitely be missed not only by his family, but everyone who knew him.

Thanks again for all you do and don't overdo it, trying to "catch up".


   Thank you so much for these clarifications, Sandi.      I thought it most likely that 1957's "Kay Walker" was now known as Kathleen, but I was loathe to post it without more evidence.  I had not made the connection to Bobby at all, so thanks again.

   I'm glad you were able to attend Dickie's visitation.  You have my sincerest condolences on the loss of your friend.


   Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309

Blest Be the Tie that Binds

Words by John Fawcett (1740-1817), after 1772

Music (Dennis) by Hans Georg Nägeli (26 May 1773  - 26 Dec 1836)

1. Blest be the tie that binds
Our hearts in Christian love;
The fellowship of kindred minds
Is like to that above.

2. Before our Father's throne
We pour our ardent pray'rs;
Our fears, our hopes, our aims, are one,
Our comforts and our cares.

3. We share our mutual woes,
Our mutual burdens bear;
And often for each other flows
The sympathizing tear.

4. When we asunder part,
It gives us inward pain;
But we shall still be joined in heart,
And hope to meet again.

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