Malcolm Vaughn Gray
Malcolm Vaughan Gray of Hattiesburg died at age 60 on Saturday, February 20, 2021, in Forrest General Hospital. He had suffered from several serious illnesses in recent months.
The youngest of five Gray children, Vaughan was born and raised in Hattiesburg, and he attended its public schools until his junior and senior high school years when he transferred to the McCallie School in Chattanooga, TN. He thereafter attended and was graduated from the University of Mississippi. In the working world, he took advantage of his language skills and served as a junior and senior high school English teacher in several public-school systems.
Though small in stature, Vaughan had the largest heart in his family. He was gentle-spirited and kind-hearted and had a special fondness for animals. He was particularly partial to German Shepherd dogs and was often spotted driving the streets of Hattiesburg in a blue Buick Park Avenue with his current, resident shepherd sitting behind, as if a chauffeured VIP.
Vaughan is survived by brother Sandy Gray (Alice) of Hattiesburg, sister and loyal caretaker Kate Gray of Hattiesburg, brother Robert Gray of Mt. Pleasant, SC, nieces Alison Anderson (Dave) of Cave Creek, AZ, Kathy Gavin of Sumrall, and Kim Wislocki (Adam) of Jackson, and nephew Arthur Gray (Bev) of Seaside, FL. He was predeceased by his father Reginald A. Gray, Jr., whom he idolized, his mother Eloise Gray, whom he adored, and his sister Carol Gray.
A happy vision in the minds of Vaughanís family pictures him motoring merrily around Paradise in a new Park Avenue with his shepherds through life seated behind.
A memorial service celebrating Vaughanís life will be planned at a later date, after the pandemic cools more. Anyone wishing to make a memorial gift in his name is invited to contribute to Trinity Episcopal Church (509 West Pine Street, Hattiesburg 39401), where he was a lifetime member, or to any charity benefitting animals, or to the donorís charity of choice.