Luther Tom Gray

Longtime resident

Luther Tom Gray, 81, was a chef at the Peabody Hotel in Memphis, Tenn., later moving to California in 1958 where he became a bus driver for Santa Clara County Transit, now known as the Valley Transportation Authority. He died at home in the company of family and loved ones on Saturday, Aug. 8, 2009, following a courageous battle with cancer.

He was born May 31, 1928 in Indianola, Miss., to Lewis and Elizabeth Gray.

Mr. Gray (also known as L.T., Daddy, Grand Daddy and Uncle Tommy) was a member of the Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church. He was a longtime volunteer at "The Food Pantry" in San Jose.

Mr. Gray is survived by sisters Missouri Matthews of Indianola, Caledonia Pickett of Detroit, Rebecca Bell of Rockford, Ill., and Corinne Edwards of Memphis; daughters Joyce, Linda and Summer; grandchildren Annetta and Fatisha Carter of San Jose, Serena Roberts of Capistrano Beach, Calif., Sonia Thompson of East Palo Alto, and Carmen Gray of Modesto; great-grandchildren Tyree and Tariq Bracy, Taylor Weinberg, Jessica Roberts, Denzel and De'Maurier Jackson, Erik and Dylan Taylor, Dominique and Cymone Broughton, and Avivyah, Sherman and Sarah Gray; and several nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by brothers Samuel, Joseph, Alfonso and Arthur Gray, and sisters Ruthie Mae McDuffy, Emma Artist, Earlene Gray and Odesta Taylor