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Gray, William Hershall

Gray, William Hershall

August 5, 1954 — June 22, 2022

Beloved father and husband, William Hershall Gray passed away on June 22, 2022.

Hershall was a life-long resident of Excelsior Springs and Wood Heights, Mo. He fought a valiant fight against cancer and heart failure over the past four years. He was born in Excelsior Springs to Ellen Nadeen (Hughes) and William Cleo Gray on August 5, 1954.

Hershall is survived by his wife, Francine; his three children, Andrea Gray (Matt Lopez), Kathleen “Katy” Stanfield and William Michael Gray; sisters, Renee Richardson Bradley (David) and Carol Sue Summers (Kim); foster sister, Estella Bradley; one grandson, Caden Lopez and Caden's grandparents, Ron and Carol Lopez; along with his close friend, Jared Sartin and his numerous nieces and nephews whom he adored. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister-in-law, Sharon Eldredge Yarges; his father-in-law, Franklin Eldredge; and his son-in-law, Mitchell Stanfield.

Hershall had many ‘jobs’ including his most important one as a stay-at-home Dad for some formative child raising years, but he was a genius at fixing things and being a mechanic. If it was broke, he could fix it. He loved to hunt and fish, even if he didn’t get to do it often. He always had a big smile and was loved by everyone that knew him, which was just about everyone around town. Hershall was quite the jokester and was always entertaining everyone with his wonderful sense of humor....and he knew every commercial jingle that ever existed and sang them often. He attended and was previously an elder for the West Tracy Church of Christ.

Visitation services will be held Monday evening June 27, 2022 from 6 to 8 pm at Park Lawn Northland Chapel in Liberty Mo. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, June 28th at 10:00 a.m. at the same location with burial immediately following at Hillcrest Cemetery in Excelsior Springs, Mo.

Service Information

Visitation services will be held Monday evening June 27, 2022 from 6 to 8 pm at Park Lawn Northland Chapel in Liberty Mo. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, June 28th at 10:00 a.m. at the same location with burial immediately following at Hillcrest Cemetery in Excelsior Springs, Mo.

Gray, William Hershall's Guestbook

During our childhood you were the best friend and next door neighbor a guy could ever have. You grew up to be 10 times the man I ever hoped I could be. You showed me how to be a good person. It took a while for the lessons to take but you laid a good foundation. Even though we had not spoken in years you were thought about oven. Her shall I write this letter to you because I will see you again in the arms of Jesus . And we’ll take you dads car out on 210 and drive it 60 and throw it in reverse just to see what will happen

Clete

Carol Sue and family, I wish I could come to Hershall's services but unable and I am so sorry for your loss. Hershall was a good guy. Please know your family always brought much joy to my life, and I will always cherish the fond memories of the best neighbors/friends ever. Thinking of all of you with love. Lois

Lois Harris

You will be missed by all the family and friends lives you have touched over the years

Daniel Sisler

Thanks for all the wonderful loving memories, especially, your ability to draw cartoons like Fred Flintsone and I will never forget Driving Miss Lynda ( a great road trip). I love you, miss you and will see you on the other side. Your Cousin, Lynda Jo

Lynda Lowry Jenkins

God comfort all of you.

Terri eldredge

Thank you, Hershall for your friendship over many years. For making us all laugh. For helping us fix things, you could truly fix anything! For just making yourself available to help wherever you could. You are sorely missed by us all, but we have been so blessed to have known you.

Leslie Anchors

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