Timothy Scott Gray of the Champion community died Friday, Jan. 27, at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas due to complications from a chronic illness.
He was the loving husband of Kimberly Gray and father to Dustin and Kylie Gray, all of Champion, south of Roscoe, Tx.
Tim was born Nov. 19, 1972 in St. Louis, Mo. to Kimberly Jo Areno and Gary Edwin Gray. He lived in St. Louis during his childhood, then moved to Victoria, Texas where he was raised by his mother and step father, Chris Jochen during his teen years.
Tim graduated from Victoria High School in 1991 where he played soccer.
He joined the U.S. Air Force after high school, where he served for five years.
After his parentsâ€™ deaths, Chris and Rosemary Jochen took Tim in as their own and have been like parents to him since.
The Air Force took Tim to Abilene, Texas, where he met his wife, Kimberly Cornutt in 1996. They were married March 6, 1999 and later had two children after making their home in Champion, where Kimberly was raised.
Tim accepted Jesus Christ as his savior and was baptized at Champion Baptist Church in 2001.
Upon his death, Tim was a member of Trinity Baptist Church in Sweetwater. He had also served as a Board of Trustee for Highland ISD, where his children attend school. He worked as an electronics technician for Ludlum Measurements in Sweetwater, where he had a job and co-workers he loved.
Tim enjoyed spending time with his family, cooking, doing home improvement, hunting, fishing and being in the outdoors. He also loved sports, instilling the love of the St. Louis Cardinals and Dallas Cowboys in his son. He assisted in coaching his children's sports teams as well.
Tim was a strong man of faith who believed in the power of prayer and loved the Lord. He was a great friend to many, always thinking about what he could do to reach out to those who needed love and support. Upon his death, his faith and love comforted his wife and family.
Tim is survived by his wife and children of the home; parents Chris and Rosemary Jochen of Victoria, Tx; sisters Rachel Jochen and Mallory Jochen of San Antonio, Tx; brothers Derek Gray and Matthew Gray of St. Louis, Mo.; grandparents Harold and Joyce Ulch of Cedar Hill, Mo.; father-in-law and mother-in-law Donnie and Jarmila Cornutt of Champion, Tx.; sister-in-law and husband Joanna and Matt Self of Ovalo, Tx.; brother-in-law and wife Corey and Cheryl Cornutt of Bronte, Tx.; many loving aunts and uncles; many cousins including Renee Ludwig, who was like a sister; and many nieces and nephews
Tim was preceded in death by his mother, Kimberly Areno Jochen of Victoria; father Gary Gray of St. Louis; grandmother Jeanne Ulch of St. Louis; aunt Cindy Areno of St. Louis; grandmother Beatrice Clem of St. Louis; and grandfather, Edwin Gray of St. Louis.
Funeral services will be held at Trinity Baptist Church in Sweetwater, Tx at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 31 under the direction of McCoy Funeral Home. Brother-in-law Corey Cornutt will be officiating along with Rev. Ward Hayes and Rev. Bruce Parsons. Burial will follow at Champion Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6 to 7:30 Monday evening.
Pallbearers will be Will Taylor, Matt Self, Samuel Self, Mark Svatek, Jared Reeves, Joshua Delf and Michael Ulch.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.mccoyfh.com.