In Memory
  Jim Gray
         WHEREAS, The Senate of the State of Texas joins the
  residents of Eddy in mourning the loss of the Reverend Jim Gray,
  who died January 30, 2013, at the age of 68; and
         WHEREAS, Jim Gray was born on February 11, 1944, in
  Lubbock; he graduated from Odessa High School in 1962 and joined
  the United States Air Force; during his service, he studied at
  the Institute of Far Eastern Languages at Yale University and
  served as a Chinese linguist in the Vietnam War; and
         WHEREAS, After his return home, Mr. Gray earned a
  bachelor's degree in sociology from The University of Texas at
  Austin, and for the next decade he worked for the federal
  government; and
         WHEREAS, Reverend Gray's call to the ministry came in 1983;
  among his congregations was the First Baptist Church in Eddy,
  where he devotedly ministered for 10 years; in 1999, he became
  associate pastor for senior adults at First Baptist Church
  Woodway; it was a job he cherished, and he remained in the
  position until his death; and
         WHEREAS, A man of depth and devotion, Reverend Gray enjoyed
  traveling with his congregants, and he was greatly admired as an
  inspirational force whose ministry shaped the lives of many; he
  leaves behind his beloved wife of 48 years, Kay, and their
  children and grandchildren, who will long cherish their memories
  of this compassionate man; now, therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the Senate of the State of Texas, 83rd
  Legislature, hereby extend sincere condolences to the bereaved
  family of Jim Gray; and, be it further
         RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution be prepared for
  his family as an expression of deepest sympathy from the Texas
  Senate, and that when the Senate adjourns this day, it do so in
  memory of Jim Gray.
        President of the Senate
        I hereby certify that the
    above Resolution was adopted by
    the Senate on February 4, 2013, by
    a rising vote.
        Secretary of the Senate
         Member, Texas Senate