Gale Gray

June 9, 1948
June 4, 2021
Charleston, WV

Gale Gray

Gale L. Gray, 72, of Charleston, WV passed away peacefully Friday, June 4, 2021.

For 40 years, Gale was the President of Gray, Griffith and Mays a.c., co-founding the firm in 1981. During this time he established several lifelong friendships with colleagues and clients. Always having a desire for knowledge and learning, he held several designations including CPA, CFA, ASA, QPA, and CFF. Gale, “Professor Gray”, loved to teach and made it his lifelong passion to lend his accounting expertise to the students of West Virginia State University and the University of Charleston. “The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.” – Pablo Picasso.

In his free time, Gale was an avid golfer, traveler, and lover of life. If it was a sunny weekend you were sure to find him on a golf course with friends. Later in life, Gale made efforts to travel as much as possible to experience the beauty that the world has to offer, by traveling to exciting places including Italy, France, Austria, Germany, and Jamaica. Great food, great wine, and many laughs with friends and family would describe a perfect evening for him. He was a wonderful husband, father, brother, uncle, and to those who were fortunate enough to get to know him, a fierce and loyal friend. Many of whom would refer to him as a brother.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 52 years Pam Gray, who passed away just one day prior on June 3rd, as well as his parents, Edward and Lois Gray passing in 2016 and 2017.

He is survived by his children Emily Christopher (Steven) of Bethel Park, PA and Byron Gray of Charleston, WV; and his brother, Randy Gray of Lexington, KY.

Honoring Gale’s wishes there will not be a funeral service, rather a celebration of his life, jointly with his wife Pam Gray. Family and friends, please join us from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, July 17th, at Edgewood Country Club in Charleston, WV. Cards for the family will be able to be received at the celebration.

In lieu of flowers, and in memory of Gale, he would hope that you would live out his legacy in helping and teaching others, and do unexpected and unsolicited acts of kindness whenever possible. The family would also like to suggest donating to the West Virginia Golf Association, West Virginia Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the Pilot Club of the Greater Kanawha Valley, the Meals on Wheels of Charleston, WV, HospiceCare, or the Kanawha County Humane Society.

Memories, condolences, and acknowledgement of attendance for the Celebration of Life Service of Gale and Pam may be shared by visiting and selecting their obituary. Snodgrass Funeral Home is honored to serve the Gray family.

“Love you Dad.”

7 replies
  1. Sandra Robinson says:

    So sorry for the loss of our class mate special prayers sent to the family losing both parents may God comfort them as only He can at a time like this 🙏

  2. Judy Skaff-Marshall says:

    To Gales family and friends,
    I’m so sad to hear of Gales passing. We went to school together from grade school through high school. We were always together in home room because our names were close together, Green and Gray. He was always fun and friendly and we always connected at the reunions.
    My deepest sympathy to all of you.
    Judy Green Skaff-Marshall

  3. Ed Bowen says:

    Gale and I were childhood friends; attending the same schools and playing for the same Little League team that his Dad managed. We lost touch when I moved to FL, but reconnected at high school reunions and were Facebook friends. Kudos to whomever authored Gale’s obit. I enjoyed reading about his success in business and his love for golf and travel; which I share. RIP my friend for 67 years.

  4. Roger Gogus says:

    I waited on Gale when I was the asst manager at chase where his office was. I always enjoyed talking with him and I found him to be a good friend ….much more than a customer. I am saddened by his passing and have often spoken with Vic to see how he was doing. Our prayers and concern are with each snd everyone of the family and friends The world is little dimmer in Gale’s passing

  5. Jen and Pat Smith says:

    Gail was so supportive of Pam and his children and he was Pam’s rock. I remember him being by her side and talking for her at one of her best friend’s funerals. We are saddened to hear of his passing too.

  6. Linda Ward says:

    My memories of Gale are from our junior high school days at SHJH, before I moved to Georgia in 1963.
    Gale was always such a cute kid, and sharp dresser, even back then.
    I probably remember him more than he remembered me, since I left West Virginia at the age of 14. We had several classes together, shared mutual friends and enjoyed a few sock hops and football games, hanging out in the same crowd, but my most vivid memory is seeing him with his best friend, Larry Lowers. They were like brothers, always together, no matter where they were.
    Thanks to FB, we reconnected virtually about 5 or 6 years ago.
    I feel sure we could have been couple friends, had my husband and I lived near Gale and Pam. From our conversations online, we shared many of the same interests, and I could tell Gale was a “First Class Act”. Although I never had the opportunity to meet his wife, I could tell by their wonderfully written obituaries that she and Gale were the perfect couple, and both assets to their community.
    May they Rest In Peace! 🌹
    My sincere condolences to all the family in your time of sorrow.
    Linda Fortenberry Ward

  7. SHARON LaDRIERE says:

    Gale & I had many classes together at West Virginia State College (University). He was on a private flight to Florida with a local business man. My husband was the pilot and I was on the flight. After business we had much fun playing cards. RIP

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Celebration of Life Service

  • Saturday, July 17
  • 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm