Deacon Theodis “Sugar Bear” Gray went home to be with Jesus on September 16, 2021 at the age of 68. He was baptized at an early age and grew up in membership at Zion Chapel Missionary Baptist Church formally known as “Pine Hope” in Louisville, AL. He remained there until his homegoing, with the exception of a brief period where he served as a member and deacon of the Abundant Life Christian Fellowship, Ozark, AL.
Theodis loved the Lord and was not ashamed to praise and worship Him. He was one of the sweetest, kindest, loving, god-fearing men you could ever know. He never complained regardless of how sick he would get. The nurses always raved about what an excellent patient he was. He loved everybody, but of course he especially loved his children/ grandchildren/step-grandchildren; his wife Addie, as he affectionately referred to as “Bae”; his family; Pastor and Sister Blakely; and his church family.
Theodis was a Momma’s boy and spent a tremendous amount of time with her and his siblings. He loved fishing and was a GREAT cook. He spoiled his family every Christmas with his finely chopped collard greens with a hint of hot pepper. He hated conflict and would avoid it at all cost by walking away or getting in his truck and leaving.
Theodis attended Clio Public School in Clio, AL. After leaving school, he worked with his father sharecropping and later began working in the cotton mills. However, the majority of his work was in the logging industry where he was one of very few to become certified. He remained in this line of work until he reluctantly retired with disability.
Theodis was predeceased by his parents James Otis and Eva Mae Gray; his brothers Jesse, Bobby, Donell, Jerry, Bennie, and Robert; two sisters Essie and Brenda. He is survived by his wife Addie Gray, Louisville, AL; son Theodis Gray Jr. Daleville, AL; daughter Nina Gray, Clio, AL. four grandchildren Demariaon, Akeelah, Xavier, and Takaya; sisters Daisy(Lee)Miles-Ford, Rosa Gray, Bernice Gray, Marilyn Gray, Dorothy(Kennedy)Henry, and Alisha Gray all of Ozark, AL; Mamie Gray, Jeanette(Albert) Grubbs, Louisville, AL; Vela Nelson, Houston, TX; and Lesia (Rodger)Robinson, Montgomery, AL.; and a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins.