Mr. Ewell James “E. J.” Gray, 80, of Bimble, passed away Thursday evening, July 9, 2020 at Baptist Health Corbin.  He was the son of the late Nelson and Martha Baker Gray born on July 5, 1940 in Knox County.

E. J. was a retired surface miner and a faithful member of the Turkey Creek Baptist Church. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, spending time with his grandchildren and working for the Lord.

On May 1, 1959, he united in marriage with Florine Mills and to this union four children were born.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Reola Hinkle; two brothers, Henry and Calvin Gray and a son-in-law, Craig C. Bargo.

Survivors include his loving wife of 61 years, Florine Gray of Bimble; four beloved children, Kathy Gray, Glenda Bargo, Rita Smith and James Reese Gray and wife, Lisa, all of Bimble; two sisters, Lovella “Dobie” Smith of Flat Lick and Ann Marie Bain of Heidrick; a brother, Nelson Jackson and wife, Vickie, of Ohio; seven grandchildren, Kacee Jo and Craig Chandler Bargo, Tara Rayann and Tyler Reese Gray, Tim Cain and wife, Bekah, Travis Cain and wife, Renee, and Cameron Terry Smith; five great grandchildren, Kylie Elizabeth, Luke Hunter, Campbell Madisyn, Croley Maddox and Hamptyn Jaymes Cain; among other loved ones and dear friends.

His funeral service will be conducted at the Turkey Creek Baptist Church, 211 East Fortney Branch Road, Flat Lick, KY 40935, Monday, July 13 at 4 P.M. with our pastor, Rev. Cleo Goodlett and Rev. Eli Broughton officiating.  He will be laid to rest in the Hammons Cemetery at Flat Lick.

Casket bearers will be Tim Cain, Travis Cain, Ewell Daniels, Lee Daniels, Chris Smith, Tommy Thacker, Lewis Ray Gray, Mike Broughton, Richard Warren and Gary Smith.  Honorary bearers will be his church family at the Turkey Creek Baptist Church.

Friends may call at the church after 12 noon until the funeral hour.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Knox Funeral Home.

Please remember, during the continuing COVID-19 event, capacity restrictions and social distancing guidelines will be followed including the wearing of face coverings as mandated by the Governor of Kentucky.

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