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 James Archie Gray was born January 14, 1907 in Lexington, Texas to parents
Ace and Willie Jane Hollinghead Gray.
A lifelong resident of Austin County, Texas, Archie farmed and ranched most
of his life and had also been employed as a prison guard. Known as the
"Watermelon King," he enjoyed raising the biggest watermelons around. And
there was nothing he liked better than raising  a big garden and sharing the
fruits of his labors with his family and friends. He also loved deer hunting
and trapping raccoons.
Gray passed away Thursday, March 3, 2005 in Bellville, Texas at the age of
98. He is survived by his daughter: Ethel Gray Smith; and 3 granchildren;
Patsy Krupala Huffman and her husband, Francis, Paul Krupala, Jr. and his
wife, Sandra, and James Krupala; all of Bellville. He is also survived by
his Great Grandchildren; and many other dear friends and relatives. He was
preceded in death by his parents, Alice Gray, daughter, Mary Ruth Gray,
brothers, Andrew and Arthur Gray, and his sisters, Edith Langham, Ruby
Phinney and Louise Phelps.
Funeral Service was held at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 6, 2005 at the Schmidt
Funeral Home Chapel in Bellville with the Reverend Jeff English officiating.
Interment followed in the Oak Knoll Cemetery. Pallbearers were James
Krupala, Paul Krupala, Jr., Bill Langham, James Langham, Ronnie Muery and
Francis Huffman. Honorary pallbearers were Chris Krupala, Levi Krupala,
Chase Huffman, Randall Huffman, Scott Huffman, Jack Clark and Sam Clark.
In lieu of usual rememberances, Friends who wish may make memorial gifts to
the Bellville Hospital Foundation.
Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Schmidt Funeral Home.
Posted by Joy Neely


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