Joe Grey, Jr., 81, of Brazil, died May 29, 2004, at 12:50 a.m. at his residence due to complications from mucosal melanoma cancer.
He was born Jan. 29, 1923, in Brazil, the son of Joesph Grey, Sr. and Anna Nicholson Grey. He graduated from Brazil High School, Class of 1941. He also attended Indiana State University. On Dec. 16, 1943, he married Joy Raines Grey. She survives.
He served in the First Air Force during World War II. He was a gunnery instructor at Westover Field, Mass. He served for three years, achieving the rank of sergeant.
He worked as the manager for Dix Lumber for 25 years, and Associated Door and Plywood for 10 years. He also worked for S.H. Pawley Lumber in Center Point and Brazil. Following his retirement in 1986, he worked with his son, Mike Grey, with Grey Custom Woodworking, in homebuilding and cabinetry.
He is survived by his wife; a daughter-in-law, Janet Grey, of Brazil; a grandson, Clint Grey, of Brazil; a granddaughter, Alissa Grey, of Indianapolis; one brother, Don Grey and wife Phyllis, of Brazil; two sisters, Betty Harris, of Brazil, and Shirley Boyce and husband Don, of Greenfield; nieces, nephews, and other extended family.
He was preceded in death by his parents; son Michael Grey; three half-brothers, Floyd, Lester, and Herbert Grey; and one half-sister, Elizabeth Wagle.
Services will be Wednesday at 11 a.m. at French Funeral Home with Pastor Tony Alstott officiating. Burial will follow at Clearview Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday from 4-8 p.m.
The family requests memorial contributions be directed to Caring Ministry at the First United Methodist Church. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.