1936 – 2013

MONMOUTH — James L. Gray Sr., 77, of Main Street in Monmouth, passed away at his home on Sunday, Nov. 17.

He was born in Fayette on May 17, 1936, the son of Howard Pearl and Clara Varney Gray. He attended schools in Wayne and Monmouth. On July 6, 1957, in Wayne, James and Lois Jackman were married. He proudly served in the U.S. Army for 16 years. He worked as a farmer and also worked in the woods with his horses.

James enjoyed training race horses, working with draft horses and oxen and working in the woods. He was a member of the State Fair Association and the Farmers Draft Horse and Mule and Pony Club.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Lois Gray, of Monmouth; his children and their spouses, James Jr. and Torrey Gray of Gardiner, Scott and Carol Gray of Bridgton, Julie and Chris Lee of Monmouth, Sheila and Don Penney of Kittery and Ann and Rich Martel of Auburn; seven grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; a brother, Douglas and Della Gray of Lewiston; and four sisters and their spouses, Delma and Roy Dodd of Nevada, Ruth Ann and Wilder Bailey of Livermore, Donna and Harold Turner of Norway and Becky Mercier of Ohio; and several nieces and nephews.

James was predeceased by his parents; a grandson, Justin Robinson; four brothers, Richard, Bernard, Gary and Lewis Gray; and his sister, Nancy Ryan.

Messages of condolence may be sent to the family at www.finleyfuneralhome.com.

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