Lester Eugene Gray 68 of Champaign, formerly of Danville completed his earthly journey at 9:14 a.m. Thursday August 29, 2019 at Carle Foundation Hospital.
Lester was born on February 27, 1951 in Danville, Illinois to James S. Gray and Ceretha M. Cloyd-Hicks. He was a 1969 Graduate of Danville High School, also a 1977 graduated from DACC. He served in the U.S. Army, as a Sargent, receiving a Purple Heart during his tour duty in Vietnam. He was an active member of the William F. Ernest American Legion Post 559 of Champaign, IL. Lester was an avid Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson and Barack Obama fan.
Lester leaves to cherish his loving memories: four daughters, Dionne Merriweather and Ajza (Alven) Allison both of Champaign, Charissa Gray of Oklahoma, Yastiyah Graham of North Carolina, three sons: Leslie Gray of Alabama, Chansom Gray of Nebraska and Nick Gordon of Rantoul, one sister: Teresa Cloyd, two brothers: Michael Gray and Ricky (Lalita) Hoskins all of Danville, and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Lester was preceded in death by his parents, a brother: Charles Gray and one grandchild, Lacy Allison.
A Homegoing Celebration will commence 12 noon Thursday, September 5, 2019 at New Life Church of Faith, 1419 N. Bowman, Danville. Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. until the time of service. Officiating: Pastor Ricky Hoskins. Internment: Danville National Cemetery. Leek & Sons Funeral Home, 304 E. Williams St. in charge of arrangements.
Condolences may be sent to www.leekandsonsfuneralhome.com