Marlin Clarence Gray


Marlin Clarence Gray, age 74, of Aurora, Missouri, went home to meet his heavenly father on Tuesday, May 2, 2017, after a stay at Mercy Hospital in Springfield.

Marlin was born to Clarence Raymond Gray and Grace (Arnold) Gray on May 27, 1942, in Aurora, where he remained a lifelong resident.  He was one of 15 children.  Marlin was united in marriage to Damarus K. Bowling on November 4, 1966, and to that union one daughter was born, Krisha (Gray) Kessinger.

Marlin is survived by his wife, Damarus, his daughter, Krisha and son-in-law, Chad Kessinger and three grandchildren, Dakota, Kayle and Colby Kessinger, all of Aurora.  He is also survived by five brothers, Raymond (Rosemary) of Grandview, Max (Marilyn) of Kansas City, Bruce (Rosemary) of Forsyth, James (Shirley) of Peculiar, Braxton (Karen) of Rogersville; six sisters, Alice Vogt of Kansas City, Shirley (Lloyd) Enke of Independence, Donna (Bill) McClure of Aurora, Lavona (Mike) Anderson of Atlanta, Kansas, Barbara Abney of Georgia and Beverly (Ben) Woods of Aurora, and many loving nieces, nephews, and extended family. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Grace Gray; his in laws, Ish and Wanda Bowling; sister-in-law, Deletta Vaught and three brothers, Charles, William and Laverne Gray.

Marlin was a member of Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church.  He was a man of many talents and was always there to help others with whatever they needed him for.  He worked in Aurora as a Meat Cutter, MFA Plant Foods and Tasope International, until he joined the work force of Ozark Electric Coop of Mt. Vernon for 27 years, until he had to retire due to health issues.  He enjoyed spending time mowing, being with family and telling a lot of jokes.  He will be missed by many.

A funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 6, 2017, at the Crafton-Cantrell Funeral Home in Aurora with burial to follow at the Maple Park Cemetery in Aurora.  Visitation will be held from 6:00–8:00 p.m. on Friday, May 5, 2017, in the funeral home chapel.

Memorial donations may be made to the Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church building fund, in care of the funeral home.

Online condolences may be shared at this website.


6:00-8:00 p.m. on Friday, May 5, 2017, at the Crafton-Cantrell Funeral Home.

303 S. Jefferson Ave., Aurora, MO, 65605

  Funeral Service

10:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 6, 2017, at the Crafton-Cantrell Funeral Home.

303 S. Jefferson Ave., Aurora, MO, 65605


Following Service

Maple Park Cemetery, Aurora, MO

  Memorial Donations

Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church Building Fund


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Robert and Sherrie George

Krisha and Chad:
I am so sorry to hear about your father's passing. Sherrie and I are out of the State and were unable to attend the services. Our prayers are with you.

 Posted May 6, 2017 - 11:08pm
Brenda Wilson

Damarus, So sorry to hear of Marlin's passing. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Brenda Avery Wilson

 Posted May 6, 2017 - 4:30pm
Gary White

I am so sorry to hear about the loss of Marlin. I have known him for over 60 years. He was my guardian on the school bus when I was in the first grade, He always looked out for me. Our prayers go out to Damarcus and Krisha. I know that he is in the loving arms of his Lord and Savior. Our deepest thought and sympathies. Gary and Sherry White

 Posted May 5, 2017 - 11:13am
Joan S Cleaveland

My Uncle Marlin was a very special man. As a child we always looked forward to coming to visit Grandma and Grandpa's because Uncle Marlin was always there with a smile. He was witty and told us some of the funniest jokes we'd ever heard. I feel lucky to have had such a wonderful caring Uncle. I will always treasure my memories of the happiness he brought into everyone's life. Thanks Uncle Marlin!.

 Posted May 3, 2017 - 9:50pm

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