Floyd E. Gray, a former mayor of Dermott and retired school teacher, died on February 9. He was 73.
He was an agriculture education teacher at Dermott for 30 years. After his retirement in 1999, Mr. Gray ran for mayor of Dermott and served for 16 years.
Raised by his grandparents in Dermott, Mr. Gray attended Chicot County High School where he was class salutatorian. He then attended Arkansas AM&N, now the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, graduating summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in agriculture education.
He was named Man of the Year in 1999 and served as the president of the Dermott Chamber of Commerce the following year.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, February 17, at 11 a.m. at the Dermott High School Gymnasium with Rev. Ralph Carbage officiating.
Mr. Gray is survived by his wife of 50 years, Ernestine (Ernie) Gray; his son, Floyd Gray, Jr. and wife Melissa of Bryant; his daughter, Kira of Dermott; his daughter, Kasunda of Little Rock; his brother, Peyton Gray of Virginia; his sister, Blanche Gray of Milwaukee; five granddaughters, and a host of in-laws, cousins, nieces , nephews and close family and friends.