Lee’s Journey on Earth
Lee Edward “Poncho” Grays was born March 30, 1955, in Canton, Mississippi. He was the first child born to Carrie and Clarence Grays, Jr. Both parents, sister, Linda Darnell Grays, and his nephew, James E. Grays preceded him in death.
Lee attended Indianapolis Public School Wendell Phillips #63 and graduated from George Washington High School in 1973, where he was a member of the wrestling team. He also attended Ivy Tech Community College. Lee served in the United States Marine Corps.
Lee accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as his Savior at a very early age, and he was baptized at First Samuel Baptist Church under the pastorate of the late Reverend William Smith. Lee was a member of the renowned First Samuel Youth Choir which provided much joy to him in his youth. Lee later joined New Light Missionary Baptist Church under the pastorate of Reverend Paul Love, where he served as the Bible School Superintendent. He loved studying the word of God and shared his understanding of the word when teaching Sunday Bible School. Lee was also a member of the Men's choir, Men’s Fellowship Ministry and the Drug Addiction Outreach Program.
On September 14, 2019, Lee was united in Holy Matrimony to his longtime companion, Eva Ricky Reeves-Grays. Lee, better known as “Poncho” to most of us, was a very vibrant person for much of his life, he truly enjoyed life and helping others at every opportunity. Lee loved to fish, travel, and enjoyed watching all sports in his spare time. He was always open when prompted to discussions on current world events, social problems, injustice in America, and the need for God in our lives to make this world a better place.
On Sunday March 19, 2023, God embraced Lee with open arms and called him home at the tender age of sixty-seven years, eleven months, and 19 days. Lee leaves to cherish his memories a devoted wife, Eva Grays; his daughters, Monique Henson (William), Melissa Parker (Antonio), and Robbin Thigpen (Charles); sons, Marlon, Marcus (Dawn), and Ivan; granddaughters, Sydney, Jasmine Nicole, Jasmine T, and Mya; great-granddaughters, Marianna, Jazzlynn; grandsons Michael Baggett, Jr. and Charles Thigpen Jr.; great-grandson, Remy; sisters, Brenda Grays of Indianapolis, Indiana, Denice Price-Jones of Saint Petersburg, Florida and Brenda Brown of Canton, Mississippi ; brother, Donald Grays (Shelia) of Indianapolis, Indiana; and a host of uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews, cousins, and some many friends.
Lee will truly be missed…But Not Forgotten! Lee will be remembered by his favorite saying, “Blessed by The Best!”
Life is a book in volumes of three- The past, the present and the yet -to-be.
The past is written and laid away, the present we’re writing every day,
And the last and best of volumes three, is locked from sight- God keeps the key.
Humbly Submitted…………………………...….The Family
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