History of the Restoration Movement


William Powell Gray
1854-1944

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Gospel Advocate Obituary

GRAY-W.P. Gray was born February 20, 1854; departed this life February 4, 1944. Had he lived to February 20, he would have been ninety years of age, and on February 28th this year he and Sister Gray would have celebrated their sixty-eighth wedding anniversary. Brother Gray leaves to mourn his passing his lifelong companion, Sister Martha E. Gray; two children Alta Gray, of Los Angeles, Calif., and L.E. Gray of Springfield, Ill.; four grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. Brother Gray was a faithful preacher of the gospel for some sixty years. He was well known throughout the brotherhood, especially in the northern and central states. For many years he lived and labored in Iowa, and was known to practically all the congregations in that state and also Missouri and Kansas. It was under his preaching in Mills County, Ia., at what was then known as the Wildwood Schoolhouse, that I obeyed the gospel some forty-two years ago. As he assisted me in my obedience to the gospel forty-two years ago, it was requested that I speak words of comfort to the bereaved family at his passing.

Brother Gray wrote for several of our religious journals; especially were his writings found in the Christian Worker, of Wichita, Kan., and in the Firm Foundation, of Austin, Texas. He also wrote a couple of books, one entitled, "The Isle of Patmos," and the other small book called, "Save The Children," which was a brief treatise on domestic ethics. In their declining years Brother and Sister Gray have been blessed with having a dutiful daughter in Sister Alta, who gave of her strength unstintingly that they might be cared for and have the greatest measure of comfort and joy.

-James A. Scott, Long Beach, California, Gospel Advocate, 1944, p. 279.

Our Departed

Gray-Sister W.P. Gray, widow of the late Brother W.P. Gray, died at her home here in Compton, California, Monday morning, July 6th. Funeral services were conducted here in Compton, with Interment in Inglewood Park. Brother James Scott, who was baptized by Bro. Gray many years ago, spoke. Sister Gray was an active member of the Northside church until a few months before her death when her activities were limited by her illness. Up until a few days before her death, Sister Gray was actively interested in the church, and her passing leaves many to mourn a great and devoted member of the church.

-Firm Foundation, September 8, 1953, p. 15

Directions To Grave

W.P. Gray is buried in one of California's largest cemeteries, Inglewood Park Cemetery. It is located in Inglewood, a western suburb of Los Angeles. From LAX (Los Angeles International Airport) travel east on Century Blvd. Go under I-405 and continue traveling east. You will enter the city of Inglewood. Turn left on Prairie Road. When you pass the big Race Track/Casino turn right on Manchester Blvd. Enter the cemetery on the left.

Inglewood Park Cemetery
720 East Florence Avenue
Inglewood, California 90301
(310) 412-6500
Open 8:00am-5:30pm Monday-Friday

See Cemetery Map Here

When you enter the cemetery there are about four different directions you can go. You want to turn left, but not the hard left. You want to keep the section that is straight ahead of you on your right. So, when making the left, EVERGREEN section will be on your right and CYPRESS on your left. On the left after CYPRESS is LAUREL. Then you will see two mausoleums. LILAC section is between these two mausoleums. Just past the first one, park the car and look for LORANE GRAY. Two rows in will be the graves of William and Martha Gray.

GPS Location
N33˚57.796' x W118˚20.515'
12' Accuracy / Grave Faces SW
Location: Lilac Plot 197










Martha Ellen Gray
1861-1953



William Powell Gray
1854-1944

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