Dr. William Kenneth “Doc” Gray, Ph.D. was born to Cleburn and Veda Gray on July 25, 1938 in Munday; the oldest of four sons born to the Gray family. Doc attended Pecos High School, where he met his high school sweetheart, Mary Louise Spotts. Doc and Mary married Nov. 30, 1956, and moved to Austin, where Doc was attending the University of Texas. Doc would later change his major course of study ultimately attending Texas A&M University achieving his bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Doc continued his education at Stephen F. Austin University completing a master’s degree in Psychology, and then returned to Texas A&M University to complete his doctoral degree in Education. It was while interning for his psychology program that Doc discovered his life’s passion: working with and serving persons with special needs. Doc began working at Lufkin State School and eventually moved to Travis State School, where he retired in 1986 as the Director of Community Services. A position that allowed him to work to develop many of the community programs now available to persons with special needs in the state of Texas. After retiring from the State, Doc and Mary founded Kenmar Residential Services, Inc., where they dedicated their lives to serving persons with special needs in group homes across Texas. Throughout the years, Doc grew the company, expanding the services that Kenmar provides. Doc was a constant champion and advocate for the extraordinary people he served until his final retirement in 2012, after his wife, Mary’s, passing.
Doc and Mary were blessed with three children throughout their long marriage, Sabrina, Ken and Diane. Doc’s children worked side-by-side with him at Kenmar and shared in his passion for serving his people. His legacy of serving persons with special needs continues through Kenmar today, and his passion for service has been passed down to his grandchildren.
Doc was blessed in his later years to find love again, marrying Nancy Godfrey in Jan. 2013. Through his marriage with Nancy, Doc’s family expanded to include Nancy’s children Darla, Angie and Shawn, as well as their families. Doc’s final years were filled with love, laughter and happiness as he enjoyed his retirement, travelling often to New Mexico, returning to his rural roots setting up a farm near Kingsland, and sitting on his front porch with his dogs.
Doc passed away on July 26, 2021 at his home near Kingsland, surrounded by family.
Doc was preceded in death by his parents Cleburn and Veda; brothers CT and Robert; his first wife Mary; and his son through marriage Shawn Godfrey.
He is survived by his wife Nancy Gray of Kingsland; brother Weldon “Shorty” Gray of Munday; daughters Sabrina Gray-Argo and husband Danny of Temple, Diane Parnham and husband Chad Couch of Lampasas County, Darla Wilhite and husband Andy of Kingsland, Angie Godfrey of Kingsland; sons Ken Gray and wife Denise of La Grange, Brad Parham and wife Jennifer of Georgetown; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, cousins, nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Friday, July 30 at the Kingsland First Baptist Church. Burial was Saturday, July 31at Johnson Memorial Cemetery in Munday.