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NORTH NEWPORT AND FARRINGTON POST, NC - Leon E. Gray, 91, died February 14, 2015 in Raleigh, NC. He was born January 29, 1924 in North Newport, a son of Wilbur and Leona (Brooks) Gray.

He attended the one room Hubbard school in North Newport and graduated from Newport High School, Class of 1942. He was active in athletics and the debating club. Leon also graduated from the University of Maine at Orono with a degree in engineering. He served in the U. S. Army during World War II and the Korean War. While living in New York City, he also attended New York University. He was employed as a combustion engineer and also served as a professor at NYU.

He is survived by his sister Evangeline Matijczyk of North Newport; his 3 children, Leon Earl Gray, Jr. and Jacqueline Ann Gray, both of NC, and Karen Maurine Gray of Levant; 4 grandchildren, Kim, Clark, Jeff Gray, and Amanda Stein, all of NC; 2 great grandchildren, June and Elliott Gray.

He was predeceased by his first wife, Opal Cox Gray; and a sister, Evie Tasker.

Memorial services will be held at 2 P.M. Thursday, June 25th, at North Newport Christian Church with Theresa Gray officiating. Interment will follow at 2:45 PM at the North Newport Cemetery. Arrangements are by Crosby & Neal, Newport. Those who wish may leave written condolences at www.CrosbyNeal.com
Published on  June 24, 2015
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