Mr. Michael Allen Gray, Curly to his friends and Mikie to his family, of the Four Way Inn Community, died at 5:01 p.m. Saturday evening September 11, 2021 at the Cookeville Regional Medical Center at the very young age of 36.
Mr. Gray was at the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home and was cremated at the Cumberland Family Services in Algood. A Celebration of Life will be conducted from the Willette Christian Church on Saturday, October 9th from 11:00 AM until 4:00 PM.
He was born Michael Allen Gray in Lebanon on July 18, 1985 and was one of two sons of (father) Paul Wesley Gray Sr. and Sandy Nixon of Lafayette and (mother) Rosemary Rogers of Carthage.
A lifelong mechanic, he learned in his Dad’s shop while working full time and on his uncle’s used car lot, then later in high school shop class, and finally becoming ASE Certified while working fulltime to provide for his family.
At the time of his death he was a Senior Automotive Technician with Carvana.
On June 9, 1985 he was united in marriage to the former Barbara Hart after dating three years for a total of nineteen years of loving each other. They have three beautiful children together.
Mr. Gray was a God fearing man who attended church at the Willette Christian Church in the Willette Community of Macon County.
He loved spending time with his three adoring children more than anything.
He was a Troop 367, Scouts BSA Committee member with his son’s Boy Scout Troop and also loved to spend time outdoors fishing, camping, and enjoying nature with his family and friends.
Mr. Gray spent a lot of time working on the family farm, loving the animals, and teaching his kids how to provide for themselves. He was a truly loving and devoted father, and a hero to his wife and children!
Surviving in addition to his wife and parents are his and Barbara’s three children, Cain Gray age 13, twin daughters, Makayla Gray and Jeanie Gray, both age 9; brother, Paul “Bubba” Gray Jr. and wife Amy also of Lafayette grandmother, Ione Nanny Gray of Wilson County.
The family asks that instead of flowers and gifts, donations be taken to the memorial service held at their church or given to the family directly for medical expenses and for use in providing for their children.
Sanderson Funeral Home