Ross Gray

After proving that he could not be stripped of his humor, resolve, and faith in God in the darkest of times, Saturday saw the passing of notable Sevier County resident and esteemed attorney Ross Gray. Gray’s final moments were observed by close family at the UT Medical Center after enduring a long battle with a rare and aggressive form of cancer that compromised his brain.
Considered by many to be an asset to the community, Ross Brent Gray was born on February 3rd, 1974 in Tuscaloosa, AL. He leaves behind his wife of two decades Becky Waggoner Gray, children John Ross (age 9) and Evie (age 15), his parents, sisters and nieces and nephews.
Ross’s rhetorical skills and intolerance for legal abuse grew from an interest in beating speeding tickets. After realizing he had a better understanding of the law than others, he saw the need to use the law to help as many people as he could. Ross married his sweetheart and graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi — where he was a proud and active member of fraternity Sigma Phi Epsilon. He went on to The University of Memphis to get his Juris Doctor degree (J.D.).
Gray built his own law firm that eventually became Gray and Associates PLLC, and would educate local listeners about the judicial system through The Legal Line, a popular Saturday morning radio program he hosted on MIXX 105.5. His love for people and his mission to protect those that society forgot also meant serving his community as a Sunday School Teacher at First United Methodist Church, where he was a faithful member. Ross lived by Proverbs 31:8 (“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute…”).
The visitation for Ross Gray will be held on Tuesday, August 16th from 4 p.m.-7 p.m. at Atchley’s Funeral Home in Sevierville. The funeral service will be held the following day at 10 a.m. at Sevierville’s First United Methodist Church, and Friday morning will see a graveside service at Evergreen Cemetery in Gray’s hometown of Vance, AL. In lieu of flowers, anyone wishing to donate to the family’s needs following Ross’s passing may contact any Sevier County Bank (865-453-6101) and ask for the account that has been established for the Benefit of the Ross Gray Family.
Published 8.16.16

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