Pastor Albert "Al" Gray

Born: Sat., Apr. 21, 1934
Died: Fri., Aug. 16, 2019


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6:00 PM to 9:00 PM, Mon., Aug. 19, 2019
9:00 AM to 10:00 AM, Tue., Aug. 20, 2019
Location: Cornerstone Community Church


Funeral Service

10:00 AM Tue., Aug. 20, 2019
Location: Cornerstone Community Church


Committal Service

Tue., Aug. 20, 2019
Location: Cedar Grove Cemetery


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    Pastor Albert "Al" Gray, 85, of Mifflintown, passed over to Glory on Friday, August 16, 2019, at his home in his wife's loving arms.

     Born April 21, 1934 in Philadelphia, he was the son of the late Robert and Helen (McConaghy) Gray.

     He is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, June (Cooper) Gray, whom he married August 27, 1955.

     Also surviving are five daughters, June Hackenberger and husband, Scott, of Thompsontown, Susie Graybill and husband, Rich, of Mifflintown, Kathy Dressler and husband, Bob, of Thompsontown, Linda Fry and husband, Dave, of Mifflin and Jill Swartz and husband, Joel, of Palmyra; 31 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; one brother, Robert Gray and wife, Nancy; two sisters, Joyce Hirshberg and Mary Ann Rogers and husband, Dave.

     He was preceded in death by his son, Albert Gray Jr., one granddaughter, Jillian Swartz, and one brother-in-law, Robert Hirshberg.

     Albert was a day truck driver in Philadelphia for 20 years, working with his father and brother at the beginnings of Gray’s Trucking. He moved his family to Juniata County in 1974 to begin farming. After two years, he started his own business building pallets by hand with his son and daughters. The business grew to become known as Gray’s Pallets, a local pallet manufacturing company, which is still operated by his family.

     In addition to being a local businessman, his greater love was in serving His Lord. He was the founding pastor of Cornerstone Community Church and was active in the ministry of the church and served many heartfelt visitations to church members and others in need. He belonged to the Association of Evangelical Pastors and was a member of the Gideon Society. In his earlier days, he participated in the Holmesburg Prison Ministry in Philadelphia. He was a youth group leader, a Sunday school teacher, and taught Bible studies where many were led to Christ. He was passionate about the scriptures and studied them every day.

     He dearly loved his wife and all of his family and loved when everyone would get together. He enjoyed deep sea fishing with his dad, siblings, children, nephews and grandchildren. Albert expressed his love often times with food.

     He supported his community in many ways. He generously gave to various local organizations: baseball and softball teams, fire companies, Juniata Mennonite School, 4-H, radio ministries, Bible colleges, CEF and many others.

     His funeral will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019, at Cornerstone Community Church with Pastor John Briggs, officiating. Interment will be in Cedar Grove Cemetery, Mifflintown.

     The family will receive friends at Cornerstone Community Church on Monday, Aug. 19 from 6-9 pm and on Tuesday from 9 a.m. until the time of the services, also at the church.

     In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are respectfully encouraged to Cornerstone Community Church, 32 Wagner Road, Mifflintown, PA 17059.

     Guss Funeral Home, Inc., 20 S. Third St., Mifflintown, has care of the arrangements. Condolences may be left at www.gussfh.com.

 

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DIXIE AND STEVE YORK AND FAMILY
   Posted Sat August 17, 2019
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Albert was one of my daddy's best friends. We know they are happy to be together again. We know what your going through and we are here for you even if just a should to cry on we are here. Let me tell you something a really close friend said to me when we lost daddy. The Great Lord took him home a great man but the memories will live on in your hearts. SORRY for your loss thoughts and prayers to all

Dixie and Steve York and family

Susan Caudell
   Posted Mon August 19, 2019

BALANCE EASEL SPRAY was sent by George Siegfried and Family.

Albert was not only my cousin, he was my friend. Our days in Feasterville were filled with love and good fellowship. I will treasure my memories of him forever. Love to all the family. Cousin George Siegfried and Family