Mr. William Kenneth Gray
MSgt Retired William Kenneth Gray was born October 2, 1945 and
joined the Lonely Eagles September 17, 2015.  His grandparents
Mary Elizabeth and Samuel Gray, his mother Barbara W. Gray, his
brother Eugene Malcolm Gray and the mother of his children Betty
M. Gray, all of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania whom proceeded him in

He graduated from the Murrell Dobbins Vocational School in
January 1943 as a commercial artist.  He was drafted in December
1943, selected as an Aviation Cadet and completed basic training at
Keesler Field.  After Bombardier training at Tuskegee, he completed
the Flexible Gunnery School at Tyndall Field, Florida in December
1944.  Then came Advanced Bombardier training at San Angelo,
Texas where Mr. Gray finished as one of only 6 “colored” cadets in
a class of 114 and was appointed a Flight Officer.  Mr. Gray was
then assigned to primary pilot training in Class 46-A at Tuskegee,
flying out of Moton Field.  The end of World War II ended his aerial
training and in February 1946 he separated (initially) from the

Mr. Gray then used his artistic abilities, working for the Philadelphia
Tribune and the  Pittsburgh Courier, until his Cadet/Flight Officer
experiences brought him back to the military in September 1947 as
a Sergeant performing duties in teletype, cryptography, and special

In the spring of 1952, 2nd Lieutenant (later Captain) Gray was
commissioned in the Air Force Reserve, from which he retired after
28 years in June 1973.

Following retirement, Ken served as senior manager and loan
officer for credit unions in San Diego and Austin, as well as positions
with Randalls Food Market and the Wal Mart store chains.

He leaves to cherish his memories, his loving wife Vera Maxine Gray
of Austin Texas, his loving children William Kenneth Gray Jr. and
wife Carolann of Wales, England, Cheryl A. Edward and husband
Steven of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Leslie Allan Gray of Mesa,
Arizona. Stepchildren, Eugene J. Allen, Sandra M. Allen and Karen
Allen Morris of San Diego, California, Steve E. Allen and wife
Veronica of Winchester California, Tracy L. Allen and wife Lori of
Houston, Texas. Daughter-in-law Jane Ceal Allen of Eugene,
Oregon. Grand children, William Kevin Gray of Philadelphia,
Pennsylvania, Marsharika Rebecca Allen of Singapore, Major, Micah
E. Allen US Army, of Sumter, South Carolina, Talithe P. Allen of
Portland, Oregon, Augustus S. Allen of San Fernando, California,
Jasmine L. Doyle-Allen of Santa Clarita, California, Loren C. L. Hall
of Bakersfield, Brian Douglas Morris II and Steven E. Allen of San
Diego, California, Alysha, Miles, Khambrea Allen of Houston, Texas,
Maria Adriana Allen of Winchester, California and twelve great
grandchildren. Kenneth leaves a host of nephews, nieces, cousins
and friends to mourn his passing, yet celebrate his life.

Mr. Gray and his wife resided in Cedar Park, outside of
Austin, Texas.