DANFORTH – James B. Gray, 78, passed away Oct. 6, 2013, in Danforth. He was born May 26, 1935, in Eaton, the son of Maurice and Pearl (Kinney) Gray.
James grew up on the farm and lumbered with his dad. He attended schools in Eaton and Danforth. He then went on to attend Long Island Bible School in Oyster Bay, N.Y., and Zion Bible Institute in East Providence, R.I. An ordained minister since 1954, he associated with Pentecostal Holiness Association, North Monmouth Ministers, American Fellowship and Bible Way Fellowship of Irving, Texas. In 1960 he started Gray’s Custom Builders, in 1970 he started James B. Gray Trucking and was an ICC Carrier in Maine and New Brunswick. He served on the Aroostook County Missions Board of Rhodesia, South Africa for 10 years, was President of Cabinet of Zion Bible Institute for 10 years and was also the Regional Representative of the Northeast for Bible Way Fellowship. He was a member of the Full Gospel Business Men of Tulsa, Okla. He pioneered three churches and pastored in churches in Dennis Port, Mass., Harmony, Hartland, Patten and Mattawamkeag. He had also ministered across the U.S., including Hawaii, Canada, Scotland, Ireland, and England. He built four churches in South Africa and several in Maine.
He is survived by his wife, Joanne of Danforth; son, Maurice Gray and daughter-in-law, Christina, of Medway; daughter, Corinne “Cricket” Mooers and son-in-law, Calvin, of Hodgdon; grandchildren, Seth and Vicki Mooers, Shasta and Adam Fitzpatrick, Joshua and Stephanie Gray, Ashley and Joshua Pelkey, and Maurice “Bear” and Kasie Gray; great-grandchildren, Bailey, Paden, Chloe, Jocelyn, Savannah, Colton, Lyddie, Jaycie, Jack, Jarrytt, Hope, and Jameson; brothers, Sidney Gray and Bennie Gray; and sisters, Mavis Turner and Diane Davis. He was predeceased by his parents; brothers, Cecil and Paul; and sister, Rachel.
Friends may call 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, at Bowers Funeral Home, 10 Water St., Houlton. Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Thursday, at Danforth Pentecostal Church, with Pastor Robert Root officiating. Interment will be at Eaton Cemetery. Food and fellowship will be at the Robert McKinnon Memorial Building following the burial. In lieu of flowers, those who wish may donate to the children’s scholarship of Whited Bible Camp, P.O. Box 91, Bridgewater, ME 04735. For an online memory book and to leave condolences please visit www.bowersfuneral.com.