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John Williams “Jackie” Gray, Jr.

John Williams "Jackie" Gray, Jr.

Pictured: John Williams Gray, Jr.
Date: Circa 1917, based on his age
Location/Setting: Front steps of the Sulphur Well Academy (no longer exists)
Inscription: None

John Williams "Jackie" Gray, Jr. and Dog

Pictured: John Williams “Jackie” Gray, Jr. and Unknown Dog
Date: Circa 1917, based on his age
Location/Setting: Outside, unknown location. Most likely on the Gray farm.
Inscription: None

John Williams “Jackie” Gray, Jr.
Birth: 08/22/1900, (most likely) Henry County, Tennessee
Marriage: None
Death: 03/30/1920, Camp Taylor Red Cross Army Hospital, South of Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky
Burial: Gray Family Cemetery, Friendship Road, Henry County, Tennessee
He shares a tombstone with his father, Rev. J. W. Gray, Sr.

Jackie Gray wanted to join the Marine Corps like his older brother, Bruce. After writing a Navy recruiter in Jackson, he wound up at Camp Taylor in Kentucky for basic training in 1920. On March 28, a Western Union telegram arrived at the home of his widowed mother, Nellie, saying Jackie was seriously ill with pneumonia. Two days later, another telegram came saying that he had died. He was about five months away from his twentieth birthday.

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