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George Ashley Gray

1971-2020

See obituary below

OBITUARY

George “Ashley” Gray, 48, of Venice, FL, passed on May 27, 2020, as a result of a motorcycle accident near Woodsboro, MD. 

 

Born on June 7, 1971 in Washington, DC, he was the son to Mason W. Gray IV and the late, Hannah Tyson Lee Sharp Gray. 

 

Along with this father, Ashley leaves behind his 13- year old son, Tyson Maddox Gray; mother to his son, Tracy Cavalier; two brothers, Mason W. Gray V and wife Jackie of Frederick, MD, Charlton Benjamin Gray and wife Susie of Fairfield, PA; his uncle, George T. Sharp, Jr. and wife Joan of New Mexico; Uncle and Aunt, James (Jake) and Letitia Jacobsen of Buckeystown, MD; Jane Gray Peters and husband Jim of Georgetown, DE; Elizabeth Dean Gray Wroth and husband Ted of Pawleys Island, SC and numerous nieces and nephews. 

 

Ashley was a talented artist and sculptor. He created beautiful birds carved from wood and then he would paint them with precision and style which gave them the “life like” quality of realism. The birds he would create seemed as though they could just “fly off”. 

 

His talent coupled with an effervescent personality made him a star to behold and a bright light which illuminated and buoyed the spirits of all who knew him. Ashley always said of his many artistic creations, “It is not my work, it is God’s work, I am the lucky one because he does it through my hands.”

 

Ashley was driven, hardworking, honest and honorable. He had a good, loving heart and will be missed deeply. Like his bird creations appeared to have the ability to fly, his spirit has flown to his heavenly perch. 

 

Memorial service will be held at Hilton Funeral Home in Barnesville as soon as our crisis situation has abated.

 

In lieu of flowers the family has set up a savings account for Ashley's son, Tyson, that will be maintained by Woodsboro Bank.  Contributions may be mailed to Mason W. Gray, IV, 11 Rosewood Ct, Unit 207, Woodsboro, MD  21798.  Mason will be acting as custodian of the account.  Make check payable to Mason W. Gray, IV. 

 

LEAVE A CONDOLENCE MESSAGE

I'm am feeling I'll at the news of Ashley's passing. The obituary said it all. He truly was one of the kindest people I've ever had the privilege to know. I have to Pray that he is now with his Mom who he adored beyond words. My Heart, Prayers & Love go out to his family. I am so sad.. ❤❤❤

From: Trish Fay

I am so sorry for your loss. I many happy memories of all of you. I remember Ashley showing us his first carvings and his talent and joy doing it was very obvious. I pray God will comfort you through this time.

From: John and Karen White

Mason, There are no words. I was just cleaning the bird I bought from Ashley when he and Hannah brought it to me in my shop in Frederick. We talked about that 2 summers ago here in Maine where we had reconnected, how it was the second bird he ever sold. We talked about me losing my son in 1999, he remembered Jeremy from when they were small and later they hung out together in Frederick. He did the Farmers Market here with me, selling his nuts! Of course everyone here loved him. I am so stunned. This is so hard. Please know my heart breaks for you and your precious family. All my love, Dyan

From: Dyan Redick

When Ashley was a teenager and learning to carve he and his parents lived with me while building their home in Myersville. He carved a pair of nesting teals at his workbench in the basement and entered it at the Waterfowl Festival in Salisbury, MD. He won first prize for Junior carving. He was charming and so talented. Aunt Laura Lee

From: Laura L. Lee

Mason, I don't have words to express how truly sorry I am for your loss.I can not begin to know the grief and pain you are feeling with the loss of a son. Praying for you and family. May your memories and God's love, bring comfort at this time.

From: Ken Fitzwater

I was stunned to hear about Ashley, I have known him for some time. I know that he lived his life truly as a man after God’s own heart. For the past year, we have been working together on the oil painting Jesus Resurrection/Easter. We would meet weekly and talk about Jesus and religious art. I know that he is with Jesus and he is finishing the painting in heaven. I will miss not being able to talk to him. My sincere condolences to the family.

From: Donald Caillouette

 Mason and family, I am sorry for this most challenging loss with words being inadequate at this time. I have fond memories of Ashley as a first grade student at Monocacy ES, an artist in residence even then. Please know that you and your family have always been precious in my life. I pray that God will meet your needs daily as you seek His guidance and peace. May you be comforted by warm memories and the prayers and kindness from many friends who love you all.

From: Geraline J Carroll

This breaks my heart, but I can safely say that dear Ashley is with his wonderful mother Hannah. I now miss them both. Peace to the Gray Family.

From: Lynn Garrett Collins

So sorry for your loss,Dean and I will keep you in our thoughts and prayers ️

From:  Nancy Salter

How truly sad I am to hear of Ashley's death at Woodsboro. I have so many delightful memories of Ashley as a young boy at Monocacy Elementary School and when he spent his summers with my son Andrew at Andy's grandmother's summer house on Lake Sunapee NH. Little did we know that Ashley would grow up to be the brilliant and talented artist he became. Such a dear and gentle soul. My kindest regards to the Gray Family.

From:  Ruth Lermond Mansfield, Victoria, Australia

You became a treasured friend as we met you at the Phillippi Creek Farmer’s Market . We tasted your wonderful roasted pecans and then a friendship grew . You shared your story and signed a pamphlet of yours with your phone number, in case my son would give you a call . You Loved the Lord and you gave Him the glory for your gift of carving and painting . We will truly miss you ...my heart aches but know God is holding you now !

From:  Susan Pollard

We lived at Lake of the Woods when he was a learning how to carve his ducks. I knew he was very good. I'am so sadden he has past away. Much love to his family. God bless

From: Rosella E. Quinn

We are stunned and upset by this tragedy. A great talent and son. God bless you and the family.

From: Lionel & Sharon Raymond

Mason, Having lost my daughter ten years ago, I know somewhat how you feel . Jane and I send our deepest sympathy and prayers . Love you Cuz, Billy

From: Billy Willard

With tears in my eyes and pain in my heart I'm sending sympathy, prayers, and love to Ashley's family. An especially huge hug and love to his Dad, Mason - my cousin. Ashley was an amazingly special person and I loved him dearly. I mostly saw him in Venice Florida, although also in Rockland, Maine. He was so very talented, kind, generous, friendly, and fun. He sold the delicious nuts he made at the Venice Farmers Market and if he discovered a friend of mine was there buying from him, he always sent me a bag. I would beg him to let me pay - but NO. He will forever be missed.

From: Barbara Lynne Allnutt Cushman

To Our Dear Hometown Friend, Mason -- All of your oldest friends from childhood are grieving with you. Just as our parents grew up together and remained good friends, our generation has continued to care for and support each other. In this time of your sudden and tragic loss, the love of an entire town is with you, Mason. You have generously and graciously given so much of yourself to others, and now we send our blessings and God's healing grace to you and your family.

From:Joan Davis Holmberg

 It isn’t supposed to be that way. With sympathy and love, Ann and Bo.

From: Ann and Bo shetterly

So sorry to hear of the untimely death of your son. Our sympathy and prayers are with you and your family. God bless. Stan & Sherry Michaleski

From: Stan & Sherry Michaleski

Mason and family, my thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time. May God's peace be with you all.

From: Betty Jean Selby

We knew Ashley only through your love for this amazing young man. Our hearts are heavy, knowing the loss that you are feeling so deeply. We both send you our love....Carol & Don

From: Carol & Don Nelson

Mace & entire family: We send our deepest & most heartfelt condolences to you all. Our thoughts, prayers & cares go out to you all at this time of enormous loss.

From: David Seymour

I am so sadden to hear about Ashley, there are many fond memories of the Gray family when we used to get together as I was growing up. We still kept in touch via face book. He always gave me good reviews and encouragement when I started to paint rocks last year and post them. I would laugh and tell my wife of his accomplishments and still he tells me I did good on my rock. To all my Gray family our love is with you and Ashely will always be in our hearts. may God Bless

From: Guy Lewis (Peck)

My heartfelt condolences to Mason and his family. May God's peace be with you all!

From: Barbara Jones

We only new Ashley a brief time but we connected immwdiately and will miss him. Our love, respect and condolences to the entire Gray family.

From: Veronica Schramm and Dave Duff

This amazingly talented and gifted man will forever be remembered. He blessed us with his presence here on earth and we look forward to the day we meet again in Heaven!

From:  Sharon Moebus

Mason, I am so sorry for your loss. I hope it will give you comfort to know that your son Ashley is in heaven with his Savior and his mom who is looking after him. My sincere condolences to you and your family. Praying for you, and God bless.

From:  Laura Luhn Hiatt

My heart weighs heavy. He was a kind, creative, energetic and hilarious soul. My thoughts are with his family. Love.

From:   Laura Lucio

Ashley was one of the most generous men I have ever met. He was always lending a hand to others and reaching out when they were in need. He will be in our hearts and memories forever. Wishing the family strength and peace during this hard time. The comfort of having a friend may be taken away, but not that of having has one.a dear friend and incredibly talented person. I'll cherish the time that I spent with him. My deepest condolences go out to his dad Mason, his brothers, and entire family.

From:   Sandy Gray and Danielle Carbone

Ashley was a dear friend and incredibly talented person. I'll cherish the time that I spent with him. My deepest condolences go out to his dad Mason, his brothers, and entire family.

From:   Bennett Scher

The lord has taken home my precious loved one! My heart is breaking. God rest your beautiful soul.

From:   Georgia Dean

May Ashley Rest In Peace. May you as the family have Peace. A talented young man that we had the pleasure of meeting, just a week ago. With our deepest sympathy.

From:   John and Debbie Santelli

 I am deeply saddened to hear that Ashley had passed so suddenly. I met Ashley at Linganore High school and he lived close to my home. He was such a good friend and even would come over to my farm to ride four wheelers. (My father remembers him well having to pull him out of our swamp with a tractor) . Although our paths haven't passed in 30 years, i always considered him my friend. I only regret not trying to catch up with him in past years . I will always carry his friendship with me. My deepest sympathies go out to his family, George H. Hodges, Frederick, MD

From:   George Hodges

Mason, Hannah and their three sons are a second family to me. My father and Mason worked together in MCPD. I have so many memories of our get togethers. My heart breaks for Ashley's family, as does mine. I am wrapping my arms around every one of you and sending my love to all. You will be forever remembered Ashley.

From:   Susan Billet

Mason, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family Ann and Frank Hall

From:  Ann and Frank Hall

I am so sorry to hear of Ashley's passing. My heart breaks for his family especially Mason. We met in Rangeley and enjoying knowing him and his parents. He always had a smile.

From:  Esther Young

I am so very sorry for your loss. Ashley was a wonderful man, father, and talented artist. He will be very sorely missed by everyone who knew him.

From:  Anne Hunter

Heartbroken for all, praying comfort as you morn Ashley’s passing, and joy as you celebrate a life very well lived. Love you

From:  Anna Robbins

Good bye to a true gentleman and artist, you will be missed.

From:  Tom Scanlan

 Our deepest condolences to your family. 

From:  The Hilton Family

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