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Ronnie Gray

Ronnie Gray

Saturday, December 29th, 1951 Wednesday, April 3rd, 2019

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Obituary for Ronnie H. Gray

Ronnie H. Gray, 67, Clarksville, TN, died on Wednesday, April 3, 2019, at his home after a courageous battle against cancer. On March 25, 2019, after Ronnie’s doctor told him that there was nothing more that could be done for him, he said, “I’ll follow my Shepherd.”
A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, April 10, 2019, at 11:00 a.m. at the chapel of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, with Deacon Dominick Azzara officiating. Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the church.
Ronnie was born on December 29, 1951, in Wasserlos, Germany, the second son of the late Calvin Gray Sr. and Ursula Konig Gray. He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Cindy Karrigan Gray, and his brothers, Calvin Jr. (Jeannie) and Jerry Lee (Sharon). He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews, many in-laws, and a number of non-relatives who called him “Uncle Ronnie.” He was the proud godfather of five children. He said that he was proud to say that he had ten sisters-in-law and he had the utmost respect for his brothers-in-law. His honorary pallbearer will be his nephew, Austin Hagar, whom he called “his boy.” Ronnie was a 1970 graduate of Clarksville High School, and he attended Austin Peay State University. He served his country for four years in the U.S. Army and in the National Guard. He was retired from the Trane Company after 38 years of service as a machinist.
Ronnie was a self-taught architect, craftsman, and carpenter. He said that he was proud to be a carpenter like Jesus, whom Ronnie saw as the best role model. Ronnie renovated an old farmhouse and a three-room dilapidated schoolhouse. The schoolhouse emerged as a marvel. Students who had attended school in the building sometimes stopped by with their children and asked for a tour. Cindy and Ronnie always graciously consented. Ronnie also enjoyed growing flowers. He once took a two-acre tract of land and turned it into an “enchanted forest.”
In the time before his death, Ronnie reflected on his life. He wanted people to remember him as a simple man with a loving, forgiving, and giving heart. He was a listener rather than a talker. He never took life too seriously because he believed that he was just passing through to a better place. Ronnie always believed in giving people second chances. He reflected that he had not lived a perfect life, but he was proud of the life that he had lived. At the beginning of 2019, he adopted the word “beautiful” as his word for the year, and he wanted those he knew and loved to have beautiful lives.
Cindy and the family would like to extend special thanks to Dr. Robert Kasper, Dr. Travis Osterman, Dr. Shastine Tangilag, the Vanderbilt Cancer Clinic, Signature Healthcare, and Avalon Hospice.
In lieu of flowers, please consider memorials to the following: Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 709 Franklin Street, Clarksville, Tennessee 37040; or The Nashville Rescue Mission, 639 Lafayette St., Nashville, Tennessee 37203.
Condolences may be made online at www.NaveFuneralHomes.com.

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  • Visitation

    Wednesday, April 10th, 2019 | 9:00am - 11:00am
    Immaculate Conception Chapel
    709 Franklin Street
    CLARKSVILLE, TN
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email |
    Wednesday, April 10th, 2019
    9:00am - 11:00am
  • Service

    Wednesday, April 10th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Immaculate Conception Chapel
    709 Franklin Street
    CLARKSVILLE, TN
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email |
    Wednesday, April 10th, 2019
    11:00am

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Kevin Hix

I am sorry to hear about Ronnie passing. A preacher at an in law's funeral in South Carolina said that you are not saying goodbye forever, you are saying see you later. I try to keep that in mind during these situations. That was one of the most well written and inspirational obituaries that I have ever read. Unfortunately, I cannot attend the service since I have a commitment at work. Angela plans to attend and our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
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kathy wright

My thoughts and prayers go out to Ronnie's family. I have know Ronnie from being neighbors growing up and he was always so kind hearted. God bless you all I know he will be greatly missed by all that knew him.
Comment | Posted at 01:43pm via Condolence

Margie Belleson

Dear Cindy, Gray Families and Karrigan Families,
Our prayers are with you all and we want to extend our deepest condolences. Ronnie was always so nice to us and we will miss him. We love you.
Mrs. Imogene Turner and Ronnie Turner
Comment | Posted at 06:47pm via Condolence

Margie Belleson

My deepest sympathy to Cindy and the Gray and Karrigan families. Ronnie was always such a sweet, gentle and kind man, he was beautiful. I know he will be missed by all who knew him. May you find comfort in the memories you all shared with Ronnie, I know I will and the rest of the Turner family.
Love & Prayers,
Margie Turner Belleson
Comment | Posted at 06:33pm via Condolence
TD

Tammy Davis

I extend my deepest condolences for the loss of your precious loved one. I can’t takeaway your pain, but there is comfort in knowing the Bible speaks of the resurrection. Acts 24:15 in part it reads “ And I have hope toward God, which hope these men also look forward to, that there is going to be a resurrection.”
Praying for your family.
If you would like more information you can contact this website (JW.org)
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