Rev. Gregory Raphael Gray

Born: Thu., Nov. 10, 1949
Died: Fri., Apr. 19, 2013


9:00 AM to 11:00 AM, Thu., Apr. 25, 2013
Location: First A.M.E. Church

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Thu., Apr. 25, 2013
Location: First A.M.E. Church

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Visitation will be held on Thursday, April 25, 2013 from 9-11:00 A.M. at First A.M.E. Church, 1111 N. 8 Street, Kansas City, Kansas.

Religious Service will follow at 11:00 A.M. at the Church



Reverend Gregory Raphael Gray was born November 10, 1949 in Rockford, Illinois.  He was the oldest child of  Bernice (Walters) and Joe Gray Gregory and was preceded in death by his parents, paternal and maternal grandparents, and a brother, Travis Gray.

Reverend Gregory R. Gray grew up and attended public schools in Rockford, Illinois.  He graduated from Auburn High School in1968; attended Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois and graduated from the Slidell Baptist Seminary in 2000, while in undergraduate school, he became a member of Omega Psi Fraternity, Incorporated. 

In 1976, Gregory married Sharon Gray.  To that union, Antwone, Brandi, Raphael, and Robert Gray were born.  The marriage was dissolved.   In 1983, Gregory married Michelle Edwards and to that union Anton Johnson and Garcelle Gray were born.  The marriage was also dissolved.  In 1994, Gregory married “the wind beneath his wings,” the former Cynthia Wilson Aron and they became a blended family with her children, Felicia and Roosevelt Aron.    

Reverend Gray moved to Kansas City in 1982.  He was an accomplished counselor.  He was an advocate by serving the community as a counselor striving to improve behaviors by encouraging young men and women to live a drug free life, a life free of crime, and a life of loving themselves.  His career included:  Martin House- Rockford, Il, McCune School for Boys, Drum Farm, DeLaSalle, Adolescent Treatment Center (ATP), Cedar Ridge Treatment Center, Renaissance West, and Dismas House under the leadership of the late Reverend Thornton, Victim Assistance program for Kansas City, Kansas, Dismas House, and 3H House of Hope.  

Reverend Gregory R. Gray started his mission to service the Lord as Itinerant Deacon under the leadership of Reverend Mark Smith; St. Paul A.M.E., Kansas City, Kansas.  He was licensed to preach as well as ordained as a Minister.   He was assigned to St. James A.M.E. Church, Lawrence, Kansas under the direction of then Presiding Elder L. C. Drew.  During his tenure at St. James, he participated in many activities in the Lawrence community.   Reverend Gray founded Christ’s Church of Second Chances in June, 2006.  He was extremely passionate about serving the Lord and sharing the love of a Living God.  Some of his themes were:  “Ain’t No Shame in my Game when I praise the Lord” and “I will praise the Lord in season and out of season.”  “If I have to preach in a telephone booth, I will preach the Word.”  The church motto is: “I may not be all that I want to be, but thank God I’m not what I used to be:  Thank God for Second Chances.”
Reverend Gray was a member of Greystone Lodge #2 International Masons.  

His passion was writing:  poetry, short stories, and plays.   He was proud of his handwriting and wrote everything in long hand. 

Reverend Gray’s professional career has been a life of serving the people.  He was driven to help others change their life to live a righteous life and love the Lord.
His journey on earth ended on April 19, 2013, when his heavenly life began.  

Reverend Gray is survived by his devoted and loving wife, Cynthia; siblings, Gilbert (Tonya) Gray, Karen, Corliss, Paula Gray all of Rockford, Illinois; children, Antwone (Renee’), Brandi, Raphael and Robert Gray of Rockford, Illinois; Anton Johnson and Garcelle Gray of Kansas City,  Felicia Aron, PhD, of Wichita, Kansas and Roosevelt Aron of Ft. Worth, Texas; 26 grandchildren and a host of cousins, nieces, nephews, other family and friends. 
He touched many lives and will be greatly missed by all.


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   Posted Sun April 21, 2013

Christina Waller ( cousing Tina)
   Posted Mon April 22, 2013
To Cynthia, Karen, Gilbert and all, Greg was a very special, caring and loving man and will always be close to our hearts. Please know that I am with you in prayer and love.

Cousin Tina

Tamara (Tammy) Watkins
   Posted Mon April 22, 2013
Cynthia,Karen, Corliss, Gilbert, and all my cousins
You know Greg will be greatly missed, although I did not get to talk with him or all of you,that often, one thing I can say is that, we all always have a "Walters" bond that always keeps us connected. I will miss the Laughter, and just the insight he had about individual family members. He will always be my mom "Shirley's" baby and he had always treated me as such, his little "Tammy". Our heart may have 4 chambers, but he has a piece of it. Family we will have fond memories of him and remember his Love for our Heavenly Father for we always shall share this with him.
May God give you Peace beyond understanding.

Love Your Family/Cousin


Brandin Goodjohn
   Posted Mon April 22, 2013
Wish I would had a better chance too know you a little better RIP cuz

Thelma Cunningham
   Posted Tue April 23, 2013
Cynthia, you and your family are in my prayers. Greg was a special friend to Rev. Cunningham and I thought he was a great man. Full of life, power and fortitude. May God envelope you with his wisdom and caring spirit as you travel this road of life.

Beverly Wilson Norris
   Posted Tue April 23, 2013
to my cousins and family- my prayers are with you in this trying time- may the LORD of all comfort you and keep you- He will bring you to a peace that surpassess all understanding in His own time

Rev. Steve Barnes and Family
   Posted Tue April 23, 2013
Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand. ( Isaiah 41:10)

Greg was a great man, and a great friend. He blessed many people and will be missed in this life. The good news is that he is cracking jokes with the angels and our Lord Jesus Christ. He will live on in his legacy of family and ministry.

God bless

Jackie Byers
   Posted Tue April 23, 2013
Earth has no sorrow that heaven can not heal. You and your family are in my prayers. It's a good feeling for me to know that he was saved.

Be strong in the Lord and in the power of his might.

Brenda Bass
   Posted Tue April 23, 2013
Praying for you and your family!!!

May God Bless and Keep You!!!

John Weltmer
   Posted Tue April 23, 2013

So sorry to read in the Lawrence newspaper of the loss of your Father.

I know from experience how greatly he will be missed, but also know that his influence will be with you forever.


Fother Mike
   Posted Tue April 23, 2013
To the man that saved my life, my marriage, and always found a way to make me laugh, as well as ate all my food. You will always be in my heart and my prayers.

Alan L. Johnson and Francine Singleton
   Posted Tue April 23, 2013
To the family: Greg was a wonderful friend, a great listener, and a great counselor. He was very caring and compassionate. You could talk with him about any problems, and he would always relate with a story that was humorous but had a definite message. Greg inspired us all to do better and we will never forget him. May the Lord Bless and Comfort You. Alan L. Johnson (Francine Singleton)

Rev. James Edwards (Tyke)
   Posted Tue April 23, 2013
Greg, was a GREAT MAN of God and a Big brother to me. His love, support, and guidance came at time when I needed it most as a young minister. I thank the Lord for his life, and I pray His grace and mercy for Cyn and the family. Well done.......Greg.......Well done!!!

Diondra Pittmon (Fletcher) and Family
   Posted Wed April 24, 2013
I am so sorry for your loss. I will continue to keep your family in my prayers. I loved Greg so much and listening to him preach was always a delight. He had a way with the youth including myself to grab their attention to learn more about the love of Christ. He will truly be missed.

Bobbi Marks-Cooper
   Posted Wed April 24, 2013
To the Family of Rev. Greg Gray --
I was saddened to learn of his passing. Although it has been a while since I last saw him, I will always remember the fun times and the laughter. He was a wonderful person and will be missed by all who knew him.

God bless the family and hold on to the many memories you have of his life.
Bobbi Marks-Cooper of Rockford, IL

Myrna Bankhead
   Posted Wed April 24, 2013
Cynthia, I want you to know God will take care of you and see you through this time. Greg gave such encouraging words to me and my family in our of need. Will keep you and the family up in prayer.

Joy Bankhead

Margaret Williams Morgan
   Posted Wed April 24, 2013
So sorry to here of Greg passing, He and I went to school together. I have heard so many wonderful things about him through out the years. My prayers are with the family.

Pamela McNeely
   Posted Wed April 24, 2013
Cynthia (Cyn), I would like to extend my deepest and most sincere condolences. I will keep and hold you, and your family, in prayer.

Charmelle Drayton-Mallory
   Posted Wed April 24, 2013
Gray family,

My thoughts and prayers are with you. I pray God will provide you comfort during your time of sorrow. Lots of love!

Charmelle "Melle" Drayton-Mallory

Leon Drayton
   Posted Wed April 24, 2013
To the Gray Family;

Greg and I go way back and You will be missed.

And to the entire Gray Family Prayers go out to all of You at this difficult
time in Your lives. God be with You.

Love Leon & Ruby Drayton

William & Ola Bernel
   Posted Wed April 24, 2013
Sorry to hear about your lost, Praying for you and wishing you the peace that surpasses all understanding.

Mandisa Cook (Mimi)
   Posted Thu April 25, 2013
Words cannot express the love I have for the late Rev. Gray, he was a friend, mentor, and a father figure to me. We met in 1995 when I was introduced to him by one of his children. Since then our relationship took on a life of its own. He wanted what was best for me and made it a point to tell me often. He called me his daughter and was proud of the things that I have achieved since our first meeting. I would call him every father’s day and he would say “Mimi, girl, I knew you was going to call, I was just telling Cyn, she is going to call any minute now”. He took pride in his father day call and I loved to make that call because he was “Dad” to me. I will miss you dad, I loved our relationship, the time we shared, the way you told the same stories when I came to visit you :+) and the valuable advice you gave me alone the way. I know that I will see you again but until then I will be sure to pray for your beautiful wife and encourage those around me like you did daily. I love you and God bless you for sharing your journey with me.
Your daughter in Christ Mimi.

Lovettta Crockett & Family
   Posted Thu April 25, 2013
Thoughts are with you and your family, We were deeply sadden to hear of the loss of Rev. Gregory Gray. You have our deepest sympathy. Our prayers go out to you and your family.

   Posted Thu April 25, 2013

Carol Brown
   Posted Fri April 26, 2013
I did not know Greg well but what I did know and see I knew he was a loving, caring man of God. I will continue to keep you all in my prayers.

Shirley (Spivey) Walton
   Posted Sat April 27, 2013
Cynthia, I would like to extend my condolences. I pray that the Lord will keep you lifted, giving you all the strength and guidance that you will need. May God continue to Bless and Keep you and your family.

Gina Robinson
   Posted Sun May 05, 2013
Cyn, you know God sits high & looks below, he sees all things & he knows all things, with this you can be assured he will give you the comfort you need & has given Greg his well deserved reward in Heaven. I send you my prayers & my love. I dedicate the song "Heaven Waits For Me" to Greg.

dianne mullins rn
   Posted Wed May 08, 2013
Dear family of Gregory,
My condolences on your loss of Gregory,
I wish to share comfort from the Bible, at this sad time in your lives.
The Bible teaches that one day in the near future our Creator, Jehovah God, by means of the ransom sacrifice of his son, Jesus,will reunite us with our dead loved ones by means of a resurrection right here on earth in paradise conditions that will be filled with peace, happiness, and perfect health for everyone. (John 5:28,29; Psalm 37:9-11,29; Isaiah 33:24)
As you read the above texts from your Bible, may the wonderful hope they give us, along with loving memories bring you a measure of comfort during this most difficult time.
There is much Bible-based comfort to be found on the website
sincerely dianne mullins

Rose Jefferson Bolds
   Posted Wed September 04, 2013
Dear family. I was so sorry to hear of my cousins transition from this life.
I am his Aunt Willie Mae's daughter. He and I shared the ministry. He
loved his ministry. Living in California we didn't see each other much but I've always felt a closeness to him because of his love for ministering to the needs of the people. My prayer is that you hold precious memories in your heart until we all meet again. I love you all.

Craig Fulton
   Posted Wed February 18, 2015
I met Pastor Gray while I was staying at 3H when it was on Linwood. It seemed like my whole family abandoned me. Pastor Gray would come and talk with us regularly. I couldn't wait to see him. When i would see him i would hang on to his every word. I knew he would say something that would have me laughing for the rest of the night. He knew how to bring people's spirits up. He was one of the nicest people I've ever met. He knew how to relate to people that were struggling with anything: Pastor Gray could get through to anyone.
I will miss him always................

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