Fallen Hero: Sergeant (Ret) Malcolm E. Gray

Meridian, MS

Funeral Home

McLain-Hays Funeral Services

1002 East Main Street P. O. Box 267 Philadelphia, Mississippi 39350
(601) 656-1212


Private services


A graveside service will be held Monday, June 29, 2020, at 12:30 p.m. from the Mississippi VA Memorial Cemetery in Newton,


Another great Soldier and Fallen Hero have been released from duty, passed from our ranks on June 24, 2020 and moved on to his heavenly home.  Sergeant (Ret) Malcom E. Gray, age 76, a retired member of the MS Army National Guard who had served within the 367th Maintenance Company, Philadelphia has departed and gone to a better place with our good Lord.

It takes a special person to serve within the military for their country giving up their family time, comfort and safety for their country ultimately for all Americans to enjoy their freedoms, safety, and way of life.  We now applaud you for your service to our country.  A special message from General Douglas McArthur still remains applicable today for our servicemen that have passed:  “Old Soldiers never die; they just fade away”.

Rest in Peace Soldier.  We applaud your patriotism and brave efforts in serving our country and your family for their support of your service.  We thank you for your service.   Without your efforts and your families’ support, this country would not stand so boldly, shine so bright and live so free.

You now have earned a rest, so go fly with the Angels, go rest high on that mountain, your work on earth is done.  Go to heaven a-shoutin’ Love for the Father and the Son.

May God continue to look over you and your family.  “Stand At Rest Soldier”


Obituary Link

February 16, 1944 – June 24, 2020

Private family services will be held for Malcolm E. Gray at McClain-Hays Chapel with Rev. Ron Leonard officiating.  A graveside service will be held Monday, June 29, 2020, at 12:30 p.m. from the Mississippi VA Memorial Cemetery in Newton, MS.  McClain-Hays Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Gray, 76, of Kemper County, died Wednesday, June 24, 2020, at Anderson Regional Medical Center.

He was a native of Kemper County and lived in Philadelphia during the early part of his life.  He was a resident of Meridian for the past 50 years and worked as a residential and commercial painter for many years.  Mr. Gray retired from the Army National Guard Unit 367 of Philadelphia after 23 years of service.  He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and gardening.

Survivors include his loving ex-wife, Judy Gray of Meridian; daughters, Michale Spears (Marty) of Little Rock and Melissa Lott (Dee) of Meridian; son, Michael Gray (Angie) of Meridian; grandchildren, Bailey Carney, Brandon Gray, Maeghan Gray, Kasey Neal, Tyler Lott, Shelby Gray and Alex Gray; sisters, Sarah Burrus of Hattiesburg and Betty Edwards (Ben) of Philadelphia; brother, Wayne Gray (Lahoma) of Collinsville; and a host of nieces and nephews. 

Mr. Gray was preceded in death by parents, Ervin and Sadie Gray; son, Eric Gray; grandson, Jarrod Gray.